April 10, 2011

Phillips, Lacey Set GW Records in Win

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Junior Sarah Phillips dished out two assists to set a new program career record and sophomore Nicole Lacey won a school-record 10 draws to propel the George Washington women's lacrosse team to a 15-7 victory over La Salle Sunday at Mount Vernon Field.

Phillips, who finished with a hat trick and won three ground balls, now has 60 career assists, one better than Laura Hostetler's previous program best of 59 from 2004-06.

Already the school's career leader in draw controls, Lacey eclipsed Katie Lilly's single-game mark of nine and also broke her own school record for single-season draws set last spring with 55. Lacey has 57 draws so far this season and 112 in 30 career games.

GW (5-9, 2-2 A-10) scored four goals in the opening 8:26, led 5-0 midway through the first half and never allowed La Salle (4-9, 0-4 A-10) within three the rest of the way for its eighth consecutive victory in the head-to-head series.

Lacey scored two of her team-high four goals to put the Colonials up 2-0 early, then junior Casey Disharoon scored back-to-back goals to stretch the advantage to 4-0.

Disharoon, the Colonials' top turnover producer, received a second yellow card with 17:01 left in the first half and missed the remainder of the game. GW, however, pushed the margin to 5-0 just over three minutes later and the rest of the Colonials' defense kept the Explorers at bay. Junior Hilary Quinn finished with a game-high five caused turnovers and three ground balls, with redshirt senior Laura Dominiak adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Taylor Ruland scored three of her team-high four goals in the first half and assisted Maggine O'Ferrall's goal two minutes before halftime to help La Salle climb within 8-4 at intermission.

The teams traded goals to open the second half before GW rattled off five unanswered to surge to a 14-5 lead with 18:48 to play. Phillips scored twice and assisted classmate Megan Seidman for her record-setting 60th career assist during the 5-0 run.

Senior Liz Hoffman made four saves on 16 shots faced to earn her fifth win of the season. Her counterparts Megan Corliss (8 saves, 14 ga, 41:12) and Maura Malone (2 saves, 1 ga, 18:48) combined for 10 saves on GW's 30 shots.

GW is on the road for two games next weekend, beginning Friday at A-10 co-leader Massachusetts. Opening draw is slated for 4:00 pm.

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