GW Lacrosse Earns A-10 Championship Bid With 12-8 Win Over SJU
Colonials to Face Top-Seeded #12 Massachusetts on Friday
April 21, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The George Washington lacrosse team secured a bid to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight year with a 12-8 win over Saint Joseph’s in the Colonials’ regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field.
With the win, GW improves to 9-7 overall and 4-3 league play and is slated to be the No. 4 seed at the A-10 Championship, which will take place from April 26-28 in Amherst, Mass. The Colonials will face top-seeded No. 12 Massachusetts (15-2, 7-0 A-10) on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Minutewomen’s Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
Senior Nicole Lacey scored a game-high five goals, and sophomores Jamie Bumgardner (2g, 2a) and Rachel Mia (3g) combined for five scores. Junior Jordy Bathras added a goal and an assist and classmate Lindsey DiAntoino registered a goal. Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks set aside a season-high 12 shots for the Colonials.
GW jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Saint Joseph’s in the opening seven minutes and never looked back, racing out to a 9-3 lead at halftime. The Hawks scored consecutive goals to open the second frame to pull within four, but GW immediately answered with two of its own to hold on to an 11-5 advantage. SJU out-scored GW, 3-1 in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough to overcome the Buff and Blue’s established lead.
Lacey put the Colonials on the scoreboard first 1:50 into action and Bathras and Mia followed with back-to-back goals 32 seconds apart to put GW up 3-0. DiAntonio scored the final goal of the opening run on a free position shot, and SJU ended its scoreless drought at the 9:30 mark. Bumgardner assisted Lacey’s second goal at 10:47, then added a goal of her own off of a pass from Bathras to push the Colonials’ advantage to 7-1.
Mia recorded a free position goal and added another tally on a Bumgardner helper to extend GW’s lead to 9-1 at 14:39. The Hawks’ Val Paolucci interrupted the Colonials’ run as she netted consecutive goals and GW entered halftime with a 9-3 lead.
SJU opened the second half with back-to-back goals, but two Lacey goals helped GW maintain an 11-5 lead at 18:38. The Hawks and the Colonials exchanged goals over the next 29 seconds, as Bumgardner tallied GW’s final goal of the contest off a pass from sophomore Allie Rash. SJU added two more scores to pull within four with 1:50 remaining in play, but GW staved off the Hawks for the 12-8 win.
The Colonials return to action on Friday in the semifinals of the A-10 Championship, the first time the program has qualified for consecutive conference tournaments.