Lacrosse Back in Action at VCU on Friday
Colonials return home to host Massachusetts on Sunday
OPENING DRAW: The George Washington lacrosse team will open weekend play by making the trip back down to Richmond on Friday to face VCU at 5 p.m. before returning home to welcome Massachusetts to the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus for a noon draw on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials (9-3, 2-2 A-10) split their weekend contests, first topping La Salle, 16-13, on Friday before falling to Richmond, 14-3, on Sunday. Against the Explorers, the Buff and Blue squad held an edge in shots (35-34) and ground balls (9-5), while freshman keeper Jenna Oler made 17 stops in the cage.
HITTING SEASON HIGHS: Five Colonials either matched or surpassed their season highs against La Salle last Friday. Freshman Ioanna Mantzouratos scored a season-high four goals, sophomore Katie Quinn registered a season-high three assists, and freshman Abby Carlin snagged a season-high five draw controls, while sophomore Caroline Kiernan and senior Camaryn Kerns matched their personal-best in the scoring column, with Kiernan recording two tallies and Kerns completing her fifth hat trick of the season.
17 AGAIN: Freshman netminder Jenna Oler matched her career-high with 17 saves against the Explorers, the third time she has done so this season. Her 17 stops between the pipes also ranks tied for third in a single game in program history.
MORE IN THE MIDDLE: The Colonials sit tied for fourth in the conference with an even 2-2 Atlantic 10 record. Richmond and Massachusetts top the standings with perfect 4-0 marks while George Mason trails behind in third at 3-1. Davidson, Saint Joseph’s, and VCU all match GW in fourth while Duquesne (1-3) ranks eighth and La Salle and St. Bonaventure (0-4) sit at the bottom of the standings.
ABOUT VCU: The Rams (4-8, 2-2 A-10) are coming off a 13-8 victory over St. Bonaventure on Sunday. With the game tied 4-4 with 9:27 left in the first half, VCU outscored the Bonnies 5-1 to take a 9-5 lead then held off St. Bonaventure for the final 26:28 of the contest to come out on top. Sky Hyatt scored a game-high five goals on just seven shot attempts and added a game-high eight draw controls while causing two turnovers.
ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS: Paced by a combined nine goals from Kiley Anderson and Hannah Burnett, the Minutewomen (9-3, 4-0 A-10) cruised past La Salle, 22-10, on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the nine-time defending Atlantic 10 Champions extended their NCAA record league win streak to 58 consecutive games and improved their current home win streak to 12 games. UMass will travel to George Mason to face the Patriots on Friday before going head-to-head with the Colonials on Sunday.
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