GW Lacrosse Welcomes Mount St. Mary's on Monday
March 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington lacrosse team goes for its fifth win in its last six games when it hosts perennial rival Mount St. Mary's on Monday at 4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Field.
GW (5-2) is coming off an 11-7 win over Villanova on Wednesday. Senior Megan Seidman scored a season-high five goals, while freshman Addi Bolin added four points on two goals and two assists and junior goalie Jess Hicks recorded eight saves to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Mount St. Mary's (1-6) is coming off a 12-5 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. Attack Kaitlyn Larrimore tallied three of the Mountaineers' five goals, and Brigid Mctavish stopped 14 shots between the pipes. Larrimore has scored a team-best 10 goals and 12 points for Mount St. Mary's, which averages just 5.6 goals per game. Midfielder Lindsay Diaz has scored six goals and leads the Mount with 12 ground balls and 24 draw controls. Mctavish has posted a 14.22 goals-against average and a .396 save percentage in nearly 400 minutes in net, as Mount St. Mary's has been outscored, 98-39, on the season.
GW and Mount St. Mary's have met each of the last 10 seasons, with the Colonials holding a 7-3 series advantage, including wins in six of the last seven years. Last season, GW defeated the Mount, 16-4, in Emmitsburg, Md. Senior Sarah Phillips has scored 17 points on 12 goals and five assists in three career games against Mount St. Mary's, including four goals and two helpers a year ago. Phillips combined with Seidman (2g, 2a), then-senior Mia Breheny (5g) and then-sophomore Nicole Lacey (3g, 2a) for 14 of the Colonials' 16 goals and all six of the team's assists in last March's 12-goal triumph.
For Starters: At 5-2, GW has matched the 2003 and 2005 squads for the best start through seven games in program history. With a win over Mount St. Mary's, the Colonials would equal the 2005 team's school-best 6-2 record through eight contests.
Home Sweet Home: After playing four of their first six games on the road, the Colonials began a stretch on Wednesday in which they will play five of seven games at Mount Vernon Field. GW is 3-0 at home this season, defeating Howard, Long Island and Villanova by a combined 53-18.
Fabulous Freshmen: Freshman Rachel Mia ranks third on the team with 13 goals, the most by a GW rookie since Nicole Lacey totaled 15 in 2010, while Bolin is third on the team with 18 points (11g, 7a), also the most by a Colonials' freshman since Lacey had 17 (15g, 2a) two seasons ago. In addition, freshman Allie Rash is tied for third on the team with 12 draw controls, the most by a GW first-year player since Lacey had 55 in 2010, while freshman Jenn Seitz leads the Colonials with 18 ground balls, the most by a Colonials' rookie since Laura Dominiak in 2007.
Helping Hand: Already GW's all-time assists leader, Phillips entered the week leading the nation with 17 helpers, and she added to her total with a pair against Villanova on Wednesday. Phillips has dished out a season-high four assists three times this season, most recently at Towson last Saturday. In addition, her 19 helpers are tied for sixth-most in a single-season in GW program history, the third top-10 mark of her career after recording 25 in 2011 and 19 in 2010.
Saving the Day: Hicks entered the week leading the Atlantic 10 and ranking 11th in the nation in goals-against average, which she lowered to 7.28 when she allowed just seven goals in 60 minutes against Villanova on Wednesday. Hicks, who boasts a .500 save percentage, anchors the A-10's second-best defense, which allows just 7.71 goals per game.
One-Two Punch: Seidman and Phillips have combined to make an outstanding scoring tandem for the Colonials over the course of their careers, and both rank among GW's all-time scoring leaders. Phillips is GW's career leader in assists (81), and she ranks second in points (175) and fifth in goals (94), while Seidman ranks second in goals (110), fifth in points (143) and eighth in assists (33). The duo is at it again this season, as Seidman leads the team in goals (19) and ranks second in assists (10) and points (29), while Phillips leads the team in assists (19) and points (35) and is second in goals (16). In addition, Phillips entered the week ranking second in the A-10 and fourth in the NCAA in points per game, while Seidman was tied for third in the league and 30th in the nation.
Century Mark: The second of Seidman's four goals against George Mason on Feb. 29 was the 100th goal of her career. She became just the third Colonial ever to reach the milestone. Phillips is just six goals shy of joining Seidman in the century club, and they would be the first-ever set of GW teammates with 100 goals apiece.
Going Streaking: Phillips has scored at least one goal in all six games this season, while Mia saw her season-long streak come to an end when she was held off the scoreboard on Wednesday against Villanova. In addition, Seidman has tallied at least one point in 27 straight games dating back to April 11, 2010.
Win, Lose or Draw: The Colonials set a program single-game record with 22 draw controls in their 20-6 victory over Long Island on Feb. 25. GW won 22 of 27 draws in the game, as senior Hilary Quinn recorded eight draw controls and Lacey had seven. Already GW's career record-holder for draw controls (147), Lacey matched her own school record with 10 at Drexel on Feb. 19. She entered the week ranking second in the Atlantic 10 and 11th in the NCAA with 5.2 draw controls per game this season. In addition, with three draw controls against Villanova on Wednesday, Quinn moved into GW's all-time top 10 with 76 in her career.
CAREER DRAW CONTROLS
20/20: GW has scored 20 or more goals in a game twice this season for the first time in school history. The Colonials defeated Howard, 22-5, in the season opener on Feb. 15, and the 22 goals were the second-most in program history to the 25 the scored against the same Bison in a 25-7 win on March 26, 2004. Ten days later, GW beat Long Island, 20-6, for the program's sixth-ever 20-goal game.
20+ GOALS IN A GAME
Tenacious D: Senior Casey Disharoon ranks fifth all-time at GW with 59 career caused turnovers.
CAREER CAUSED TURNOVERS