Women's Lacrosse Clinches First A-10 Championship Berth
April 24, 2005
AMHERST, MA - The GW women's lacrosse team (13-3, 5-1 Atlantic 10) clinched a bid to Atlantic 10 Championship with a 14-8 victory over Massachusetts (5-10, 1-4 Atlantic 10) on Sunday, April 24 at Garber Field. It is the first time the team, now in its fourth varsity season, has secured a spot in the postseason.
With GW ahead, 9-8, and less than five minutes to play in the game, the Colonials closed the match with a 5-0 scoring run to produce the final score. Sophomore Laura Hostetler and senior Heidi Mayer each registered two tallies during the stretch to help seal the triumph.
Hostetler led GW with seven points (4g, 3a) on the day. She now has 72 points for the season. Freshman Haley McDonough recorded her first multiple-point game of the year with a goal and an assist in the contest and senior Jenny Heisler tied her season-high with four points (2g, 2a) on the day.
After a goal by the Minutewomen's Kathleen Typadis at 1:58 opened the game's scoring, Heisler and Hostetler tallied back-to-back goals 54 seconds apart to put GW in front, 2-1, at 4:20. Massachusetts answered on a goal by Lindsay Cassell at the 5:14 mark to even the match, and the Minutewomen took a 4-2 advantage at 14:37 on two free-position goals, including the first career score by Kristin St. Hilaire.
GW scored the next three goals to claim a 5-4 margin at halftime. Senior Meghan McDonough recorded her 19th goal of the year to start the scoring run and Hostetler and Hayley McDonough scored free-position goals 47 seconds apart to give the Colonials the lead at the break.
Senior Erin Berry notched her first goal of the season to put GW ahead by two, but the Minutewomen won the ensuing draw control and Typadis scored 11 seconds later to bring Massachusetts within one, 6-5, at 31:42. The two teams continued to trade goals until the Colonials' five-goal scoring spurt.
GW's defense kept the Minutewomen off the scoreboard for final 7 minutes and 14 seconds of the matched and forced 18 turnovers in the contest.
Freshman goaltender Caitlin Garman registered a career-best eight saves to improve her record to 9-1. Her nine victories are a new GW single-season record.
The Colonials increased their season assists total to 87 with seven on the day, a new single-season team record.
The Minutewomen were led by Kerri Connerty, Samantha Sepulveda and Typadis, who each finished with two points. Lauran McCarthy made nine saves in the cage for the Minutewomen, including six in the first half.
The Colonials will conclude their regular season on Sunday, May 1 with a 1:00 p.m. showdown at Temple.