Lacrosse Drops Duquesne, 9-7, to Close Out Home Schedule
Lynch matches career-high with five points on three goals and two assists
WASHINGTON – Senior Michaela Lynch scored three goals and added two assists to match her career-high of five points to lead the George Washington lacrosse team to a 9-7 victory over Duquesne on Sunday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Along with Lynch, five other Colonials ended up in the scoring column. Senior Cassidy Shollenberger tallied three points (2g, 1a), freshman Caroline Keirnan recorded one goal and one assist, and senior Shea Cassidy and juniors Jocelyn Donohue and Brooke Sands all scored one apiece.
Junior keeper Adele Wise registered double-digit saves for the second game in a row, finishing with a season-high matching 12 against the Dukes after stopping 12 against Massachusetts as well on Friday.
GW (3-12, 2-6) got on the board quickly with Lynch taking a pass from Kiernan and scoring just three minutes into the contest. Four minutes later, Donohue netted her career-high 33rd goal of the season, before the Dukes earned a quick goal off the draw to cut the Colonials' lead to one. GW battled back with a goal from Shollenberger, igniting a 3-0 run over an eight-minute span. Shollenberger and Sands scored during the surge, as GW led, 5-1, at the break.
The Dukes opened the second half with two goals to cut their deficit to two, before Lynch scored back-to-back goals to put GW back up by four. Duquesne continued to apply the offensive pressure with a 3-0 run of their own, cutting their lead to one with 10:46 remaining. The Colonials pushed back, earning goals from Shea Cassidy and Caroline Kiernan to make it 9-6 with one minute to play. In the final minute, Duquesne’s Jill Vacanti found the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. With 32 seconds left in the game, GW caused a crucial turnover and held on for the 9-7 win.
Jill Vacanti paced the Dukes with three goals and an assist, and goalkeeper Emily McMinimee recorded eight saves.
The Colonials conclude their regular season on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph’s.
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