GW Lacrosse Picks Up Seven Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards
Bumgardner and Pohle Earn Second Team Honors, Lynch Tabbed to All-Rookie Team
May 1, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The George Washington lacrosse team earned seven Atlantic 10 postseason honors for the second straight year, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.
Junior attacker Jamie Bumgardner and senior defender Madison Pohle were both named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman Michaela Lynch earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team. Additionally, seniors Terasa Vassallo and Pohle and juniors Jenn Seitz and Rachel Mia all earned All-Academic Team honors.
“I am very proud of our team and the hard work that everyone put in this season,” said Head Coach Tara Hannaford. “All of these players are very deserving of the recognition, and it is especially great to see Madison and Terasa honored in their final season with the program.”
A two-year starter on attack, Bumgardner garnered her second consecutive A-10 Second Team accolade. GW’s points leader with 27 goals and 38 assists, Bumgardner's 65 points on the year were good for sixth on the Colonials’ single-season scoring list. She wraps her junior season as the current A-10 leader with 2.38 assists per game, which ranks fifth in NCAA Division I, while her 38 total assists is fifth in the nation. Bumgardner’s 4.06 points per game average also ranks third in the league. In GW’s 21-10 romp of Liberty on Feb. 26, Bumgardner set GW’s single-game assists and points records with 12 points on six goals and six helpers. The Hatfield, Pennsylvania native joins Laura Hostetler (’06) and Megan Seidman (’12) as one of just three players to record at least one point in every game for a full two seasons.
Pohle earns her first A-10 postseason honors during her final season with the Buff and Blue. The senior co-captain started all 16 contests and led the Colonials with 29 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers this season, and she also won 13 draw controls. Pohle tallied her first career point in GW’s season finale against Saint Joseph’s on Sunday when she found the back of the net on a free position goal. She will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in biology after being named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of her seven semesters at GW, while also earning a spot on the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List every year.
The Colonials’ third-leading scorer this season, Lynch was named to the All-Rookie Team after netting 18 goals and dishing out seven assists for 25 points. The rookie registered a career-high five points (2g, 3a) in the Colonials’ 14-10 win over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday, and scored a career-high three goals at Richmond on April 13. Lynch appeared in all 16 games and logged 11 starts this season, winning a team-high 39 draw controls, which ranks eighth on GW’s single-season list.
A three-year defensive starter, Seitz picks up her second career postseason honor after earning a spot on the Second Team following her sophomore campaign. She ranked second on the team with 36 draws won this spring, and her 88 career draw controls ranks seventh on the Colonials’ all-time list. The Columbia, Maryland product picked up 28 ground balls on the year, and she scored her first career point with a goal in GW’s season-opening win against Howard. A finance major, Seitz has been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all five semesters and is an Athletics Academic Dean’s List student.
A starter on attack, Mia led all scorers with 35 goals this season and recorded two assists for 37 points. Mia also picked up 21 ground balls, won 18 draw controls and caused 11 turnovers on the year. Her 87 career goals moves her into 10th on the Colonials’ all-time list. Majoring in mathematics, Mia has been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for four semesters and has appeared on the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List each year.
Vassallo, a senior co-captain, started all 16 games this season and tallied 13 goals. She also dished out two assists for 15 points on the year, while picking up six ground balls and causing five turnovers. She has been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all seven semesters at GW and is an Academic Dean’s List student. This year, Vassallo was honored as one of just four student-athletes who maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average throughout the 2013 academic year. She also earned the university’s distinguished Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of seniors in GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Vassallo will graduate this spring with a degree in civil engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering.
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