GW Lacrosse Lands Seven on Atlantic 10 Postseason Teams
Colonials Boast Most Conference Honorees Since 2007 Season
April 25, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Seven George Washington lacrosse players received postseason accolades from the Atlantic 10 Conference on Thursday on the eve of the Colonials' semifinal matchup against Massachusetts.
Seniors Jess Hicks and Caitlyn O’Brien, and sophomores Jamie Bumgardner and Jenn Seitz were named to the All-Conference Second Team, freshmen Olivia Boudreau and Julia Lawson earned spots on the All-Rookie Team, and senior Nicole Lacey was named to the All-Academic Team. The seven postseason awards are the most for GW lacrosse since 2007.
The septet helped GW secure an A-10 Championship bid for the second straight year, and the fourth-seeded Colonials will face top-seeded No. 13 Massachusetts on Friday at 1 p.m.
"I'm extremely proud of how hard our team has worked this year, and all of these players are deserving of this recognition," said head coach Tara Hannaford. "It is also great for Caitlyn, Jess and Nicole to be honored in their senior year as they have done a tremendous job helping us grow the program. I am excited for all of our players and we are really looking forward to the A-10 Championship."
Bumgardner picks up her first-ever postseason award as the top-scoring attacker for the Colonials. She has enjoyed a breakout sophomore season in which she currently leads the team with 55 points on 18 goals and 37 assists. An all-around player, Bumgardner has caused a team-high 15 turnovers, ranks third on the team with 24 draw controls and is fourth with 27 ground balls. Her 37 assists 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. The Hatfield, Pa., native has recorded a point in all 16 games, and has scored two or more points in all but two contests this season.
O’Brien makes her first appearance on a league postseason team as a defender for the Colonials. She has started all 14 games she has appeared in this spring, picking up 22 ground balls and causing 11 turnovers. She picked up one or more ground balls in 12 contests while causing at least one turnover in eight games. The Scottsdale, Ariz., product scored her first career goal in GW’s 19-7 rout of St. Bonaventure on April 12.
A two-year starter on defense, Seitz earns her first A-10 All-Conference accolade. The sophomore paces the Colonials’ backline with 36 ground balls, 42 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers on the season. Her team-high 36 ground balls ranks fifth in the A-10, and her 42 draw controls is second on the team. Seitz has won at least one draw control in all but two contests, including a career-high five draws in two separate games. Seitz also assisted a Bumgardner goal for her first career point during GW's 12-3 win over La Salle on April 5, a game in which she was instrumental in holding the Explorers scoreless for the opening 40 minutes.
A two-year starter between the pipes for GW, Hicks was one of only two goalkeepers recognized with All-Conference honors by the A-10. The A-10 Defensive Player of the Week from March 5 claims her first postseason league award after making 108 saves in a league-high 882 minutes of action so far this season. Her 108 saves and .444 save percentage ranks third in the A-10 while her 6.75 saves per game is good for fifth in the conference. The Brandywine, Md., native set aside six or more shots in 14 contests and recorded double-digit saves three times, including a season-high 12 stops in an A-10 Championship bid-clinching win over Saint Joseph's in the regular-season finale on April 21. She currently ranks third on GW’s all-time list with 243 career saves.
Boudreau proved to be a strong offensive threat for the Buff and Blue during her freshman campaign. A two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week awardee (March 5 and April 1), Boudreau leads all GW freshmen and is tied for fifth on the team with 22 points. She has appeared in all but one contest and made eight starts, tallying 15 goals – including a season-high four against George Mason – and dishing out seven assists. She has also picked up 17 ground balls and won five draw controls. Boudreau netted game-winning goals in GW’s 16-7 win over Mount St. Mary’s and 11-10 victory over A-10 foe Richmond.
Lawson, who was named to the All-Rookie Team as a defender, has appeared in 15 games with 13 starts. She has caused eight turnovers, won seven draw controls and picked up 16 ground balls during her first season with the Colonials. Lawson helped GW limit its opponents to a .402 shot percentage and a .711 shots on goal percentage while the Colonials outscored their opponents, 168-146. She scored her first career goal at Johns Hopkins on March 16.
Lacey's selection to the All-Academic Team in the Colonials' 16th selection for the award since 2002. A senior finance major, Lacey was named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List during the fall of 2012. On the field, Lacey leads the Colonials with 39 goals and ranks second on the team with 43 points so far this season. Her 53 draw controls paces the team and is tied for second in the A-10, while her 2.44 goals per game average is good for seventh in the conference. She has also converted a team- and league-best 14 free position goals.