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.
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