Lacrosse Set for Home Opener on Saturday
Colonials host Longwood Lancers at 1 p.m.
OPENING DRAW: The George Washington lacrosse team will host Longwood for its home opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials (1-0) opened its 2018 season in dominant fashion, dropping ECU, 18-7, on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Stadium. GW held an advantage in shots (37-21), draw controls (16-9), and caused turnovers (11-6), while Adele Wise and Jenna Oler made a combined 10 saves between the pipes to lead the Buff and Blue to victory.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Eight Colonials found the back of the net in Saturday’s 18-7 outing, marking the most goals the squad has scored since their 20-12 victory over VCU during the 2016 season. Sophomore attacker Caitlin Concannon led the way for GW with a game- and career-high four goals.
SETTING THE STANDARD: The senior class had a stellar season opener to kick off 2018. Senior co-captain Brooke Sands put GW on the board on Saturday with a goal off of a free position shot. Just 12 seconds later, fellow-senior Camaryn Kerns found the back of the net off an assist from freshman Ioanna Mantzouratos. Sands went on to score twice more to surpass her previous career-high of two goals with a hat trick, while Kerns netted one more to break her career-high as well. Jocelyn Donohue joined her senior classmates in the scoring column with a pair of goals and one assist.
FRESHMAN ON THE FRONT LINE: Freshmen Ioanna Mantzouratos and Cassie Scandalios both earned starts in their collegiate debuts. Mantzouratos tallied five points (3g, 2a), caused two turnovers, and had one draw control, while Scandalios picked up one ground ball on the defensive end. Cescily-Jo Wheeler also finished her Colonial debut in the scoring column with one goal, and freshman keeper Jenna Oler made three saves in 21:52 minutes of play between the pipes.
FAMILIAR FOES: Despite outshooting the Lancers 34-20, the Colonials fell to Longwood, 11-9, last season. The two teams traded goals for the majority of the game, with GW scoring four in a row to hold a 9-8 advantage with 8:31 left in the game. The Lancers rebounded, scoring the final three goals of the game to take the 11-9 decision.
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