GW Lacrosse Falls to No. 13 UMass, 13-5, in A-10 Semifinals

Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high two goals against UMass on Friday.

April 26, 2013

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. – The fourth-seeded George Washington lacrosse team fell to top-seeded No. 13 Massachusetts, 13-5, in the semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship on Friday afternoon at the Minutewomen’s Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The Colonials trailed the four-time reigning champions, 5-4, at halftime, but the host Minutewomen out-scored GW, 8-1, in the second frame to advance to Sunday’s title game. Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high two goals for the Colonials, and classmate Jamie Bumgardner added two helpers, tying Sarah Phillips’ (’12) single-season assists record with 39.

GW wraps the season with an overall record of 9-8 after securing a conference championship bid in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. The Colonials will lose seniors Jess Hicks, Nicole Lacey, Caitlyn O’Brien and Soo Mee Yoon to graduation and are slated to return 20 players to next year’s roster.

Lacey, who was recently named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, scored one goal in her final game against UMass, and closes her notable career with three GW records. The Marriottsville, Md., native is the owner of the Colonials’ single-game draw controls (10), single-season draw controls (72) and all-time draw controls (245) records. She also ranks seventh on GW’s single-season goals list with 40 tallies in 2013, in addition to sitting fifth on the all-time goals list with 108 and seventh in points with 132.



The A-10 All-Conference Second Team goalkeeper, Hicks set aside seven shots between the pipes against the Minutewomen. She wraps her four-year career in third on GW’s all-time saves list with 250 and ninth on the single-season saves list with 121, which she set in 2012.  O’Brien, who was also named to the All-Conference Second Team, picked up two ground balls and helped the defensive line force five UMass turnovers on Friday.

Mia put the Colonials on the scoreboard first with an unassisted goal at the 2:44 mark of the opening half. The Minutewomen answered just over a minute later to knot the score, but junior Lindsey DiAntonio put GW back on top, 2-1, at 11:52. UMass went on a three-goal run over the next 7:40 to take a 4-2 lead, when Bumgardner found an open Mia to put GW back within one. The Minutewomen responded with another tally, and sophomore Allie Rash chipped in the final goal with 2:05 remaining in the period and the teams entered the break with a 5-4 score.

UMass scored six-unanswered goals to take an 11-4 lead in the opening 13:12 of the second frame, but Lacey interrupted the run with an unassisted goal at 14:15 for GW’s lone tally of the half. The Minutewomen closed the contest with two more goals and the Colonials could not respond as UMass came away with the 13-5 win.

Draw controls were split 10 apiece between the two squads, and UMass held a 31-21 shot advantage.

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