Women's Lacrosse Set to Battle UMass Friday in A-10 Semifinals
No. 4 Seed GW (5-11, 4-3) vs. No. 1 Seed Massachusetts (9-7, 6-1)
April 22, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The George Washington women's lacrosse team travels to Temple's Geasey Field for its third appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship and will draw against top-seeded and regular-season champ Massachusetts in Friday's first semifinal at 1:00 pm.
The winner will face either No. 2-seed Richmond or No. 3-seed Saint Joseph's in the A-10 Championship final Sunday at 1:00 pm. The Spiders and Hawks play Friday's second semifinal at 3:30 pm. GW is 1-2 in two previous A-10 Championships, bowing out in the semifinals in 2005 and falling in the title game in 2007.
The Colonials are 3-5 all-time against the Minutewomen, with Friday's contest the teams' first meeting in the league postseason tournament. GW dropped an 18-5 decision at UMass April 5 in a battle for first place in the A-10. The Colonials and Minutewomen were picked to finish fifth and second, respectively, in the A-10 preseason coaches' poll.
GW routed La Salle, 16-4, at home Sunday to get the victory it needed to secure the fourth and final bid for the A-10 Championship. The 12-goal win matched the Colonials' largest margin of victory against an A-10 opponent. Both GW and Duquesne finished the regular season with 4-3 conference records, but the Colonials handled the Dukes, 18-9, in Washington on March 27 to earn the tiebreaker. GW is the No. 4 seed in the A-10 Championship for the first time, having been the No. 3 seed in 2005 and No. 2 seed in 2007.
Donohue's Breakout Season
Junior Taylor Donohue's 55 points this season are the fifth-most in a single-season in program history (Laura Hostetler - 79 in 2005, 71 in 2006, 62 in 2004; Kristin Karch - 67 in 2007), while her 27 assists are the most in one season in program history and good for 15th in the nation. Donohue began the season with a six-goal effort against Ohio State, but had just 18 points (13g/5a) through GW's first eight games. Over her last eight contests, Donohue has more than doubled her points with 37 behind 15 goals and 22 assists. The seventh Colonial to reach 100 career points, Donohue is second in the A-10 in assists (1.69 apg) and eighth in points (3.44 ppg) and has scored at least one point in 14 consecutive games.
Lilly Sets New Draws Mark
Senior Katie Lilly, who will break the school record for career starts with a 67th nod against UMass Friday, has shattered the program mark for draw controls in a season with 46 in 2009. She set a new single-game mark with nine in GW's 18-9 victory over Duquesne and is currently tied for second all-time in the category with 89, six shy of matching Kristin Karcsh's record of 95.
Rookies Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman have provided a lift in the attack for the Colonials this season. Phillips' 18 assists are the most for a freshman in program history, while her 36 points are the third-most for a rookie. 34 of Phillips' 36 points have come over the past 10 games, in which she has scored at least one point in each contest. Seidman's 27 points are the seventh most for a Colonial rookie, 24 of which have come in the past eight games.
GW & A-10 Weekly Awards
Taylor Donohue has twice (2/16, 3/30) been named A-10 Player of the Week during her breakout junior season, becoming the first Colonial to earn multiple Player of the Week honors in a season. Both Sarah Phillips (4/6) and Megan Seidman (3/23) have been chosen the league's Rookie of the Week.
Picking Their Shots
While GW ranks sixth in the A-10 in shots per game (21.88), its is second in the league in shot conversion at nearly 46 percent, by far the highest mark in program history. In fact, no other Colonials' team in the eight-year program's history has ever broken the 40 percent shot conversion rate. Senior Katherine Sampson leads the team with a 63 percent conversion rate (24-of-38).
Picking It Up & Picking Pockets
Led by four players with 30-or-more ground balls, GW ranks second in the league with 17.25 ground balls per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hoffman leads the team with 33, followed by Katie Lilly's 32, Kelsey Honeyford's 31 and Alaska Burr's 30. The Colonials are also second in the A-10 in caused turnovers at 8.5 per game, again paced by defenders Lilly (22), Burr (22) and Honeyford (16).
Windy City Connection
GW junior Katelyn Langs and Massachusetts freshman Jesse O'Donnell were teammates at Loyola Academy in suburban Chicago prior to joining their respective Division I programs. The duo helped the Ramblers to a pair of state championships.
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