Lacrosse Returns Home to Host Bucknell
Colonials aim to capture fourth victory of the season
OPENING DRAW: Returning from back-to-back contests on the road, the George Washington lacrosse squad welcomes Bucknell to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday for a 1 p.m. bout.
LAST TIME OUT: After dropping its first match of the season at Monmouth, the Colonials bounced back with a 9-7 victory at Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-1. Senior Camaryn Kerns led the way for the Buff and Blue on the offensive end with her third-straight hat trick, while freshman keeper Jenna Oler made an impressive 17 saves between the pipes.
SAVING THE DAY: Jenna Oler was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week after her standout performance at Robert Morris, in which she made a season-high 17 saves in the crease, a mark that ranks third on GW’s single-game saves records list. The freshman also holds top ranks in the conference with a 59 percent save percentage and sits second with 36 saves and a 7.87 goals against average (GAA). The award marks the first of Oler’s career and is the first time a Colonial has captured Defensive Player of the Week honors since April 20, 2015.
QUICK STRIKE: GW has found the back of the net in the first two minutes of play, and before its opponents, in three of its four games this season. In the season opener against ECU, Brooke Sands etched her name into the scoring column at the 28:21 mark with a goal off of a free position shot. In the squad’s home opener, Jocelyn Donohue put the Colonials on the board with only 1:44 into the game. On Saturday, freshman Ioanna Mantzouratos made the fastest strike of the season, finding the back of the cage just 27 seconds into play. Through their four games, the Buff and Blue hold a 47-37 shots on goal margin over their opponents in the first half and lead by an average of eight goals going into halftime.
THREE’S COMPANY: The senior trio of Camaryn Kerns, Jocelyn Donohue, and Brooke Sands lead GW on the offensive end. Kerns tops the team with 11 goals on the season, a mark that ranks sixth in the conference, and has registered 4-of-5 free position goals. Donohue sits second on the squad with nine goals, ranking 10th in the league, while Sands follows in third with six goals and a fourth-ranked seven assists in the A-10. Sands also sits tied for seventh with 15 draw controls.
LAST WE MET: The Colonials will battle the Bison for the first time since March 3, 2013, when they defeated Bucknell 11-9 in the second-ever meeting between the two programs.
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