Lacrosse Heads to UMass on Friday
Colonials close out home schedule against Duquesne on Sunday
OPENING DRAW: The George Washington lacrosse team will face a pair of A-10 opponent this weekend. The Colonials hit the road to face Massachusetts on Friday at 2:30 p.m. before hosting Duquesne on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite a four-goal performance from senior Michaela Lynch, GW dropped a close offensive battle to George Mason, 11-9, on Thursday night at the George Mason Stadium. On Saturday, the Colonials were within two of VCU with three minutes remaining, but could not complete the comeback, falling to the Rams 15-13. GW held a 20-19 edge over VCU in ground balls and an 18-2 advantage in draw controls.
FORCIER HITS 100: With a goal and assist at George Mason, Bailey Forcier reached the 100-point plateau for her career. Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team last season, Forcier ranked fourth in the A-10 with 1.59 assists per game, led GW with 34 points, and topped the team with 27 assists, a mark that is tied for the fifth highest single-season total in program history. This season, the senior attacker has tallied 11 goals and 13 assists.
SENIOR SALUTE: Prior to the game on Saturday, the Colonials honored seniors Shea Cassidy, Bailey Forcier, Delaney Norris, Natalie Maher, Erin Long, Michaela Lynch, and Cassidy Shollenberger, and graduate student Becca Taub in a Senior Day ceremony. Lynch, Shollenberger, and Shea Cassidy all had career-high setting performances against the Rams. Lynch equaled her career high with four goals for the second straight game, Shollenberger netted a season and career high four goals, while Cassidy tallied a season and career high six points on two goals and four assists.
SCOUTING MASSACHUSETTS: A quick start lead UMass to a 19-5 win at St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon, marking its 10th straight win of the season and NCAA-record 51st consecutive against an Atlantic 10 foe. The win improves UMass to 11-3 overall this season and 6-0 in conference play.
SERIES HISTORY: Lynch scored a career-high four goals and goalkeeper Adele Wise recorded a career-best 15 saves in last season's 15-9 loss at home to the Minutewomen. Lynch added a pair of ground balls to her four goals, while Forcier tallied three points (1g, 2a), two ground balls, and three draw controls. The Colonials last beat the Minutewomen in 2007.
SCOUTING DUQUESNE: The Dukes (2-12, 0-6) fell 13-12 to Davidson on Saturday afternoon. Rilee Bradshaw and Jill Vacanti combined for six goals while keeper Emily McMinimee made nine saves in the crease. Duquesne returns home to host La Salle on Friday before traveling to Foggy Bottom to take on the Colonials on Sunday.
SERIES HISTORY: The Colonials dropped an 18-11 decision to the Dukes last season. Forcier dished out five assists for the second time in three games and Wise recorded seven saves in between the pipes to move into seventh place all-time at GW with 124 in her career.
LOOK AHEAD: The Colonials conclude their regular season on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's.
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