March 27, 2009

GW Beats Duquesne in A-10 Opener

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four players netted at least three goals and senior Katie Lilly set a program record with nine draw controls as the George Washington women's lacrosse team cruised to an 18-9 victory over Duquesne in both teams' Atlantic 10 Conference opener at Mount Vernon Field Friday afternoon.

Senior Katherine Sampson and reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week Megan Seidman scored four goals apiece and sophomore Audrey Joy and freshman Sarah Phillips each tallied hat tricks to lead the Colonials to their second-ever win over the Dukes in nine all-time meetings. Junior Taylor Donohue had a goal and dished out a game-high four assists, followed by three assists from rookie Casey Disharoon.

GW (2-8, 1-0 A-10) opened with goals from rookies Sarah Phillips and Kristina Beese and maintained its lead the remainder of the game. The teams' traded goals through the middle of the first half, but the Colonials gained some breathing room with a 4-1 run the final 8:13 of the period - including strikes from Sampson and Phillips with 16 and 3 seconds to play in the half, respectively - to grab a 9-5 edge at the break.

Donohue scored on a free-position attempt 2:37 into the second half, but Duquesne (4-6, 0-1) tallied consecutive goals to close within 10-7 with 19:05 remaining.

Lilly and Seidman helped take control of the game from there, leading GW on a 4-0 run which put the contest out of reach. Lilly won seven of the games' next nine draws and Seidman netted three consecutive goals in a 73-second span to first push out to a 14-7 cushion with 13:39 to play. The Dukes scored back-to-back goals to narrow their deficit to five at 14-9, but the Colonials shut the door with four goals the final 12:50 to win their conference opener for the second straight season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hoffman made seven saves on 21 shots faced to earn her second win of the season, while counterparts Sara Beckstead and Caitlin Carducci failed to make a stop on GW's 22 total shots. The Colonials held a 16-11 advantage in ground balls and the Dukes won 15-of-28 draws.

Phillips added three draws, an assist, ground ball and caused turnover to her hat trick. Junior Kelsey Honeyford grabbed a team-high four ground balls.

Sampson is now fifth in program history with 75 career goals, while Donohue ranks eighth with 59. Donohue (83 points) and Sampson (82) also rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in career points. Lilly moved into eighth all-time at GW with 70 career draw controls and is third in career ground balls with 118.

Meghan Frederick led DU with three points on two goals and an assist. Sarah Cates collected seven of the Dukes' 15 draw controls.

GW wraps A-10 opening weekend hosting St. Bonaventure at Mount Vernon Field Sunday at 12:00 pm.

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