Walker Paces George Washington to Win Over St. Joseph's
from Press Release
WASHINGTON – The George Washington lacrosse team earned a 14-10 win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon in the squad's season finale and Senior Day game at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.
Jordy Bathras, Lindsey DiAntonio, Madison Pohle and Terasa Vassallo were honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the contest. GW wraps the season with an overall record of 7-9 and an A-10 mark of 3-4, while Saint Joseph's falls to 5-11 overall and 2-5 in conference action.
Sophomore Hallie Walker led all scorers with a career-high six points on four goals and two assists, and freshmanMichaela Lynch and junior Jamie Bumgardner each added five points with two goals and three helpers apiece. Junior Rachel Mia chipped in two tallies and an assist for three points, and DiAntonio scored two goals in her final career game.
GW got on the scoreboard 5:10 into action when Mia connected with Bumgardner, which sparked a 7-0 run over a 19-minute span. Lynch found an open Walker at 9:32 to push the Buff and Blue's lead to two goals and Lynch scored an unassisted goal of her own to extend the lead to 3-0. Bumgardner assisted another Walker goal at the 18:19 mark and Walker assisted Mia less than four minutes later. DiAntonio and Mia each found the back of the net over the next 47 seconds, with Mia's tally assisted by sophomore Cara Dellavecchia, all while the Colonials held the Hawks scoreless.
Saint Joseph's broke up the run with 4:30 remaining in the half but GW immediately answered when Bathras found Lynch with 3:24 to play and the Colonials carried an 8-1 lead into halftime.
SJU opened the second period with a goal at 5:02 but Bumgardner scored off of a pass from Lynch 1:52 later to give GW a 9-2 lead. The Hawks then went on a four-goal run before Bumgardner assisted Walker's score midway through the half for a 10-6 lead. The Hawks responded 30 seconds later, and the Colonials went on a three-goal run for a 13-7 advantage. Walker scored off of an assist from Lynch and Pohle scored her first career goal on a free position shot. Vassallo then netted a shot with 7:17 remaining on an assist from Bumgardner.
Saint Joseph's tallied three consecutive goals over 3:23 and GW struck last off of a Walker-DiAntonio connection as GW closed the contest with a 14-10 score.
Bumgardner was just one helper shy of tying her own single-season assist record of 39 that she shares with Sarah Phillips ('12).
GW outshot SJU, 24-19, for the game and held a 19-13 advantage in ground balls. Junior Mackenzie Jones made five saves between the posts.
The Colonials will lose Bathras, DiAntonio, Pohle and Vassallo to graduation this spring and are slated to return 24 players to next year's squad.
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