Colonials to Meet Dukes in Opening Round of A-10 Championship
GW vs. Duquesne Preview
May 5, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The GW women's lacrosse team (13-4) will play its first ever postseason game on Friday, May 6 when it takes on Duquesne (12-3) at 7:30 p.m. at UR Stadium in the opening round of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Championship. The winner of the four-team tournament will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The Colonials are the third seed for the event after finishing the season with a 5-2 conference mark, tied for second-place in the league standings. Temple is the #1 seed after posting a 6-1 league record. Duquesne, also 6-1, is the second seed and the host Richmond Spiders are seeded fourth. GW and Richmond tied for second place in the conference, but GW earned the third seed by virtue of its win over Richmond during the regular season.
GW has already set or tied 25 team and individual records this year, including team goals (195), assists (94) and points (289). The Buff and Blue have won nine of their last 11 matches and have outscored its opponents 131-88 during that stretch.
The Colonials lead the A-10 in goals against average at 7.79 and freshman keeper Caitlin Garman is still near the top of collegiate lacrosse in GAA. She ranks second in the country in the statistic at 6.65.
Garman's classmate Katelyn Honeyford closed out the regular season by winning the final A-10 Rookie of the Week Award presented on May 2. In GW's 11-10 overtime loss to Temple on May 1, Honeyford tallied her fifth goal of the season. She leads the team in draw controls with 25 and she has started more games than any freshman for GW this season (16).
Sophomore Laura Hostetler ranks second in the A-10 in goals scored (54) and leads the league in points (77). She is fifth in the nation in points per game (4.53) and 12th in the country in goals per outing at 3.18. Junior Annie Howley has also been an intregal part of GW's attack. She is tied for second on the team with 34 points and ranks second, behind Hostetler, with 25 goals.
Duquesne enters the tournament with back-to-back wins after suffering its only conference loss of the year to Temple, 9-8, on April 22. The Dukes are ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 7.47 goals per game, and goalkeeper Sarah Pacini is fifth in the country with a 7.35 goals-against average between the pipes.
On offense, Ginger Flocco is the team's top offensive threat. She ranks in the top 15 in the nation in three categories (points per game, goals per game, and draw controls). She is tied for second in the A-10 with 61 points and leads the conference with five-game winning goals.
The Colonials are 0-4 all-time against Duquesne, including a 9-8 overtime loss to the Dukes at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex earlier this season.
The winner of the GW/Duquesne pairing will meet either Temple or Richmond in the championship match on Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Ticket prices for the Championship are as follows: Adults - $5 per day or $8 for both days; students of an Atlantic 10 member school, youths under 18 years old and senior citizens- $3 per day or $5 for both days.