Women's Lacrosse Rally Falls Short in A-10 Semis Loss to UMass
April 24, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The No. 4-seed George Washington women's lacrosse team trimmed a five-goal deficit to a single goal, 10-9, with 4:58 to play, but top-seeded Massachusetts added two goals in the final minutes to defeat the Colonials, 12-9, in an Atlantic 10 Championship semifinal match at Temple's Geasey Field Friday afternoon.
GW concludes its season at 5-12 overall after qualifying for its third A-10 Championship in the past five seasons. UMass (10-7) will face the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Richmond and Saint Joseph's on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
Sophomore Audrey Joy tallied a hat trick, freshman Kristina Beese had three points on two goals and an assist and junior Taylor Donohue added two goals to lead the Colonials' attack, while sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hoffman made a solid 11 saves on 28 shots faced and grabbed a team-high three ground balls.
Junior Mia Breheny tied the game at 5-5 just over three minutes into the second half, but the Minutewomen rolled off five consecutive goals, aided by three stirkes during a GW yellow card, to grab a 10-5 edge with 15:46 to play.
Joy scored twice, Beese added another and assisted a goal from senior Katherine Sampson for a 4-0 run which brought the Colonials within a goal at 10-9 with 4:58 left.
UMass got goals at the 3:35 and 2:50 marks and GW committed a pair of turnovers in the final minutes as it attempted to complete the comeback.
The Minutewomen got a strong effort from goalkeeper Katie Florence, who stopped 11 of 24 shots faced. Jackie Lyons led all players with five points on two goals and three assists, followed by a hat trick and assist from Holly Drown.
Senior Katie Lilly caused a game-high three turnovers to finish fourth on GW's career list with 81. She also won four draws to move into solo second all-time with 93 and added a ground ball to finish with 128, third all-time in program history.
Sampson finished with a goal and an assist, ending her career eighth all-time with 93 points and fifth with 85 goals and 79 draw controls.
Donohue extended her point-scored streak to 15 consecutive games.
2009 A-10 All-Championship Team