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GW Lacrosse Set for Second Straight Atlantic 10 Championship

GW will rematch with UMass on Friday at 1 p.m.

 
GW will rematch with UMass on Friday at 1 p.m.
 

April 24, 2013

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AMHERST, Mass.
 – After defeating Saint Joseph’s on Sunday and wrapping the regular-season with a 4-3 conference record, George Washington lacrosse has earned its second straight bid to the Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship, set for April 26-28.

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GW Lacrosse Edged in Final Minutes by No. 13 Massachusetts, 10-9
AMHERST, Mass. - The George Washington lacrosse team erased a four-goal halftime deficit and cut the lead to one with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, but a final shot to send the contest into overtime went wide as the Colonials were edged by No. 13 Massachusetts, 10-9, on Sunday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.

The fourth-seeded Colonials will face top-seeded and nationally ranked Massachusetts on Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. at the host Minutewomen’s Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. GW looks to avenge a hard-fought 10-9 loss to UMass on April 7 when it returns on Amherst on Friday.

The 15th annual A-10 Championship is a single-elimination, four-team event, with the first-round winners advancing to the championship game. The winner of the championship will receive the league’s automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament. Both semifinal games will be streamed live on Atlantic10.com, while Sunday’s championship match will air live on CBS Sports Network.

No. 13 Massachusetts will serve as the top seed and is followed in the A-10 standings by second-seeded Duquesne (10-6, 5-2) and third-seeded Temple (9-7, 4-3). The Dukes and the Owls will compete in Friday’s second semifinal game at 3:30 p.m.

GW closed the regular season with an overall record of 9-7 while enjoying a 6-4 record at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials have been put to the test this spring, as the contest against the Minutewomen will be their fourth nationally ranked opponent of the season.


 

 

The Buff and Blue offense is paced this season by six different players who have crossed the 20-point threshold. Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner has recorded 18 goals and 37 assists for a team-high 55 points. Her 37 helpers leads the A-10 and ties for 14th in NCAA Division I, while her 2.31 assists per game average is 17th in the nation. Senior Nicole Lacey leads all scorers with 39 goals and four assists for 43 points. This past weekend at Temple, Lacey scored her 100th career goal, becoming the fifth-ever Colonials’ player to do so. The Marriotsville, Md., native then improved that number to 107 goals after adding two more tallies against the Owls and scoring a game-high five goals against Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.

Sophomore Rachel Mia (29 g, 2 a) ranks third on the team with 31 points, followed by junior Jordy Bathras (19 g, 7 a) with 26 points, freshman Olivia Boudreau (15 g, 7 a) and sophomore Allie Rash (11 g, 11 a) with 22 points apiece, junior Lindsey DiAntonio (14 g, 2 a) with 16 and classmate Terasa Vassallo (12 g) with 12. Sophomore Jenn Seitz (36 gb, 42 dc, 14 ct) holds down the Colonials’ defensive line, while senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks has set aside 108 shots and owns a 9.18 goals against average.

Massachusetts is 15-2 overall and closed its conference season with a 7-0 mark, and will compete for its fifth straight A-10 title and sixth overall. The Minutewomen own a 27-game win streak against conference foes, and have won 24 straight contests on their home field. The squad is paced in scoring by Katie Ferris (46 g, 22 a) with 68 points, Sam Rush (52 g, 7 a) with 59 and Cori Murray (30 g, 23 a) with 54. Goalkeeper Rachel Vallarelli has made 61 saves and owns an 8.57 goals against average for the season.

GW is 1-4 in its four previous A-10 Championship appearances, with its lone victory coming in a 15-9 win over St. Bonaventure in 2007 en route to the title game. The Colonials have previously qualified for post-season play in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012, while this season marks the first time the squad has earned a bid in consecutive seasons.

Tickets to the championship are $6 for adults, $4 for children under 16 and senior citizens. Atlantic 10 students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Adult two-day passes are also available for $10. All tickets may be purchased at the gated entrance to Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

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