April 17, 2011

Win Keeps GW in Atlantic 10 Playoff Hunt

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- The George Washington women's lacrosse team kept its hopes of an Atlantic 10 Championship berth alive with a 9-3 victory over Saint Joseph's at the Hawks' Finnesey Field on Sunday afternoon.

The victory improves GW to 6-10 overall and a tie for fourth place in the A-10 standings along with Duquesne at 3-3.

Junior Megan Seidman led all players with three goals, including two in the opening 5:19 that gave the Colonials a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the day.

Senior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman highlighted GW's solid defensive effort by allowing a career-low three goals and making four saves in the full 60 minutes between the pipes. The Colonials allowed the Hawks just 13 shots and matched a season-best three goals allowed to improve to 7-3 in the all-time series.

SJU (5-10, 1-5 A-10) twice managed to cut GW's lead to a goal, the last on one of Val Paolucci's two goals of the day to make it 3-2 with 8:31 left in the first half.

Seidman completed her hat trick 3:01 later, then senior Audrey Joy and Mia Breheny added goals before the break to help the Colonials to a 6-2 lead at halftime.

Sophomore Nicole Lacey converted a free-position shot a minute into the second half and junior Casey Disharoon scored on a pass from Joy nine minutes later to cap GW's 5-0 run for an 8-2 cushion. Paolucci made it 8-3 with 16:51 left only to have Joy add her second goal and fourth point of the day with 7:37 to play for the 9-3 final margin.
Joy chipped in four ground balls, two draws and two caused turnovers to pace the Colonials to the important league victory. Breheny matched Joy with four ground balls, while Disharoon won a game-high three draws.

GW converted half of its 18 shots, with SJU goalkeepers Kaitlin LaBarbera (8 ga, 5 saves, 42:25) and Alisha Aquilino (1 ga, 2 saves, 17:35) combining for seven saves.

To assure themselves of the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament, the Colonials will need a victory in their home finale against Richmond (8-8, 5-1 A-10) this Friday at 4:00 pm, coupled with a Duquesne loss at St. Bonaventure on Thursday. Duquesne holds the tiebreak over GW in the event of a head-to-head tie, while the conference tiebreak procedures will determine the outcome of a three-way tie between the Colonials, Dukes and Bonnies.

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