Lacrosse Drops ECU, 18-7, in Season Opener
Colonials open home slate Feb. 17 against Longwood
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The George Washington lacrosse team opened its 2018 season in dominant fashion, dropping ECU, 18-7, on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Stadium. Eight Colonials found the back of the net, while Adele Wise and Jenna Oler made a combined 10 saves between the pipes to lead the Buff and Blue to victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Colonials scored back-to-back goals in the opening two minutes of the game to establish an early lead over the Pirates. Senior co-captain Brooke Sands put GW on the board with a goal off of a free position shot before fellow senior Camaryn Kerns found the back of the net just 12 seconds later off an assist from freshman Ioanna Mantzouratos. Jocelyn Donohue added another tally to the Colonials' score sheet, but ECU battled back to tie it up at 3-3 with 15:26 left in the first. Mantzouratos scored her first career goal three minutes later to spark a Buff and Blue 6-0 scoring run to close the half.
GW stretched its advantage after the break, outscoring ECU 9-4 in the second half. The Pirates scored three of their four goals in the opening 10 minutes, but a goal from sophomore Morgan McDonell halted the run and kick started the Colonials offense with a 5-0 run. ECU netted one more goal, but it wasn't enough as GW scored two more times to cement the season-opening 18-7 victory.
- The Colonials' 18 goals are the most they have scored since their 20-12 victory over VCU during the 2016 season.
- Caitlin Concannon netted a game- and career-high four goals against the Pirates.
- Ioanna Mantzouratos scored a trio of goals in her Colonials debut. The freshman also tallied two assists, caused two turnovers, and had one draw control. Fellow-freshmen Cassie Scandalios made her first career start to join Mantzouratos, while Cecily-Jo Wheeler registered one goal in her first game as a Colonial.
- A pair of seniors also had career games to start the 2018 season. Brooke Sands surpassed her previous career-high of two goals with a hat trick and grabbed a career-high five draw controls, while Camaryn Kerns netted a career-high two goals.
- GW held an advantage in shots (37-21), draw controls (16-9), and caused turnovers (11-6).
- Senior Adele Wise and freshman Jenna Oler split time in the cage, with Wise recording seven saves and Older making three.
LOOK AHEAD: The Colonials will aim to continue their hot start next weekend when they host Longwood for their home opener on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
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