GW Lacrosse Set for Strong 2013 Slate
Colonials Look to Return to A-10 Championship for Second Straight Year
Jan. 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington lacrosse team unveiled its 2013 opponents which features two first-ever match ups and 10 home games as part of a 16-game schedule, sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford announced. The Colonials will also face two teams that were ranked in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll of 2012, in addition to one NCAA Tournament qualifier.
GW returns 15 players from the 2012 squad that produced a 10-7 overall record - marking the most wins in a season since 2007 - and a 4-3 record in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials also welcome eight newcomers to the squad as they look to return to the A-10 Championship for the second time in as many years.
The Buff and Blue will host 10 contests at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus this season marking the most-ever home games in program history. The Colonials posted an impressive 6-1 mark on their home field in 2012, with the lone blemish coming against then-No. 19 Massachusetts.
"We are excited to get the season underway and see what we are able to produce on the field," Hannaford said. "Every game on our schedule will be competitive and that is the type of atmosphere this team likes to play in."
Entering its 11th season of competition, GW opens 2013 at district foe Howard on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. The Colonials look to remain unbeaten against the Bison as they currently own a 5-0 all-time record. The Buff and Blue open their home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 16 when Drexel comes to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for a 1 p.m. game. The Colonials then continue their five-game home stand through Thursday, Mar. 7.
On Friday, Feb. 22 GW welcomes Denver for a 3:30 p.m. game, then takes a one-week break before hosting local foe George Mason on Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Bucknell makes its first-ever trip to Washington, D.C., to face GW at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. The Colonials and the Bison met for the first time in 2012 and GW came away with a 15-7 decision to improve to 4-1 on the year and match the 2005 squad for the best start in program history. GW closes its homestand against Holy Cross on Thursday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
"It's always nice to play at home and have the comfort of sleeping in your own bed and playing on your field," said Hannaford. "A lot of good teams come to our field to play, though, so we have to be prepared to compete as we head into every game."
The Colonials hit the road for back-to-back contests, beginning with a 4 p.m. game at Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 13. GW then heads to Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, March 16 to face Johns Hopkins, which finished the 2012 season with a No. 18 ranking on the final IWLCA Coaches Poll and is currently No. 16 on the 2013 ILWomen.com Preseason Poll.
The squad returns home to wrap up non-conference action on Wednesday, March 20 as GW welcomes Navy at 4 p.m. in the first-ever match-up between the two programs.
"We put together a strong non-conference schedule to help us prepare for A-10 play," Hannaford said. "We want to get better every time we step on the field and it is important to challenge ourselves in order to do so."
Atlantic 10 Conference action begins on Friday, March 29 when Richmond comes to GW for a 4 p.m. game. The Colonials then host La Salle one week later on April 5 at 4 p.m., before heading to Amherst, Mass., to face four-time reigning A-10 champion Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, April 7. Massachusetts advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament one year ago and closed the 2012 season ranked No. 14 on the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Minutewomen are currently No. 14 on the 2013 ILWomen.com Preseason Poll.
The Colonials return to Mount Vernon for their final two home games of the season, beginning with St. Bonaventure on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. GW's hosts Duquesne in its home finale and Senior Day on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Prior to the contest with the Dukes, the Colonials will honor their four seniors - Jess Hicks, Nicole Lacey, Caitlyn O'Brien and Soo Mee Yoon.
GW closes out its regular-season schedule on the road with a 3:30 p.m. game at Temple on Friday, April 19 and a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, April 21 at Saint Joseph's.
The Colonials have made appearances in the A-10 Championship in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Last year the squad fell to eventual champion, Massachusetts, in the semifinal round.
"The A-10 Championship is tough and nerve-wracking and it's a great atmosphere to play lacrosse in," Hannaford said. "Every conference game is competitive because everyone wants to reach the championship. With the schedule we have put together, I believe we will be prepared to face any team."
The 15th annual Atlantic 10 Championship will be held from April 26-28 in Amherst, Mass., at the Minutewomen's Warren P. McGurik Alumni Stadium. The A-10 championship is a single-elimination, four-team event, with the first-round winners advancing to the championship game. The winner of the Championship will receive the league's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament.