Colonials Lose To Rhode Island 6-3 But Advance To A-10 Tournament
Nov. 3, 2002
KINGSTON, R.I. - Despite losing their final match of the regular season, the Colonials (10-8-0 overall, 7-4 A-10) finished in fourth place and will advance to the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Colonials play regular season champion Rhode Island on Friday at 5:30 PM at Dayton, the tournament host. GW will have the chance to even the score with Rhode Island who handed them their first loss in six games with a 6-3 victory.
Kim Warner (North York, Ontario/St. Joseph's) scored two goals in the loss and finished the regular season with the most goals in the Atlantic 10 with 15. Warner's 33 total points put her in second place behind Rhode Island's Melanie Kasparek who edged out Warner for the league lead with a one goal, three assist performance against the Colonials. These two top scorers will face off against each other for the second time in less than a week when the two teams meet in the postseason on Friday.
Rhode Island senior Heather Kasparek opened the scoring for the contest when she tallied an unassisted goal to give the Rams a 1-0 lead at the 20:41 mark. URI extended its lead to 2-0 at the 23:04 mark when freshman Melanie Kasparek put in a cross at the top of the box from Gina Rosen. George Washington responded quickly, however, as junior Kim Warner finished off a breakaway after a through ball from sophomore Kelly Lawten at the 25:53 mark.
URI came out quickly in the second half as freshman Megan Kasparek put in a cross from her twin sister, Melanie, to give the Rams a 3-1 lead at the 45:44 mark. Freshman Trisha Hewitt scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 48:05 mark when she collected a rebounded shot from Melanie Kasparek and slid it into the lower right corner to give Rhode Island the 4-1 lead. Rosen added to the Rhode Island advantage as she put in a direct kick from sophomore Claire Landon at the 60:35 mark to make the score 5-1. The Rams tallied their final goal of the game when junior Sarah Johnston one-timed a pass from Melanie Kasparek for the 6-1 lead at the 71:04 mark. George Washington mounted a come-back late when Warner tallied her second goal of the game when she headed in a pass from senior Kimberly Sanders (Knoxville, TN/Bearden). The Colonials scored again quickly when sophomore Amanda Bednarz (Hebron, CT/Rham) put in a pass from Sanders to make the final score 6-3 in the contest. Sanders has gone on a late season run with three goals and two assists over the Colonials last four matches.