GW Lacrosse Falls to Top-Seeded UMass in A-10 Semifinal Contest
April 27, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Top-seeded Massachusetts exploded to an immediate five-goal lead over the fourth-seeded George Washington lacrosse team and never looked back as the Colonials fell, 17-3, in the semifinal round of the Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship on Friday afternoon.
UMass, the 16th-ranked team in the country and three-time defending A-10 Champion, limited GW to three first-half goals and held the Colonials scoreless in the second en route to the Minutewomen's fourth straight title game appearance.
GW - which made its first trip to the conference championship in three years - wraps the season with an overall record of 10-7, marking the most wins in a season since 2007. Seniors Casey Disharoon, Emily Perling, Sarah Phillips, Hilary Quinn and Megan Seidman close out their four-year careers with the Colonials having qualified for the conference championship during their freshman and seniors seasons. Seidman was also named to the A-10 All-Tournament team for her efforts.
A 2012 All-Conference Second Team selection, Seidman capped her career with a team-high two goals today in the Colonials' season finale. The
Phillips, who was recently named to the All-Conference First Team, wraps up her stellar four years having snapped three GW records. The reigning conference Player of the Week led the Colonials as the program's all-time leader in points (219) and this spring's team points leader with 79 (40g/39a), which ranks second in the A-10 and fifth in the country. Phillips' season points total equals GW's program record for most points in a single season. She also ranks second in the league and 10th in Division I with 39 assists on the year and is the Colonials' leader with 101 career assists. Phillips became just the fourth member of the century club with 100 career goals, while she and Seidman are the first-ever set of GW teammates with 100 goals apiece.
Disharoon tallied two points against the Minutewomen today with a goal and an assist. The Davidsonville, Md., product paced the squad with a conference-leading 22 caused turnovers this season and ranks fifth on the Colonials' all-time list with 72 in her career. Disharoon also ranked second on the team with 29 ground balls this season.
Quinn joined Phillips on the league's First Team this season after anchoring GW's defense for four years. She ranks second on the team and is tied for second in the A-10 with 21 caused turnovers this season, while also ranking fourth in the conference and 23rd in Division I with 63 draw controls on the year. Quinn's career total of 112 ranks her second on GW's all-time draw controls list behind her teammate, junior Nicole Lacey.
Nationally ranked UMass (17-1) got on the board just 1:16 into action and jumped out to 5-0 lead at the 20:14 mark. Disharoon snapped the run with an unassisted goal on a free position at 19:28.
The Minutewomen answered Disharoon's tally with two-straight to take a 7-1 lead with 13:05 remaining in the half. Seidman scored back-to-back goals just 33 seconds apart to cut the deficit to four, but it would be the last time the Colonials could find the back of the net. Freshman Addi Bolin and Disharoon were credited with assists on Seidman's goals, respectively.
UMass tallied seven goals on 15 shots in the second half, while GW tallied five shots in the period and picked up seven ground balls. Junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made seven stops in the cage.