Women's Lacrosse Falls To GW, 11-10
April 11, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team (2-8) fell at George Washington (7-3), 11-10, this afternoon. The one-goal loss marks UMass' fifth of the season, as they surrendered leads of 7-3 and 8-4.
After a Heidi Mayer goal less than two minutes into the game put GW up 1-0, UMass responded with three straight goals during the next eight minutes for a 3-1 Minutewomen advantage. UMass' Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) and Tracey Drown (Nashua, N.H.) scored unassisted goals and Brianna Bubeck (Selkirk, N.Y.) took a pass from Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) for UMıs third straight goal and the early momentum.
Hostetler scored one minute later on a free position shot to cut the deficit to 3-2 before UMass' Connerty answered with a free position goal three minutes later. GW's Jamie Lee got free for an unassisted goal to keep the Colonials close before the Minutewomen added three more goals for a 7-3 advantage. Lee and Jenny Heisler sandwiched a pair of goals around a Drown goal to send the teams to halftime with UMass leading 8-5.
The team traded the first five goals of the second half. The Minutewomen came out of the break as the aggressors firing three shots in the first minute of the period although none of them found the net. After withstanding that offensive barrage, GW got back on the UMass side of the field where Heisler scored an unassisted goal four minutes into the period. UMass' Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.) powered her way in to the middle for an unassisted goal three minutes later followed by Mayers' second goal less than a minute later.
Zelinger answered with her third goal of the game at the 16:20 mark to stake the Minutewomen to a 10-7 lead. The momentum then began to swing in the Colonials" favor when Hostetler scored unassisted at the 7:36 mark followed by a Molly Gannon goal on an assist from Meghan McDonough (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) less than two minutes later. GW kept the pressure on the UMass defense and Hostetler took a quick pass from Lauren Bower and tied the game at 10-10 with 3:12 showing. A minute later, Hostetler scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 2:04 mark. The Colonials maintained possession for the final two minutes to secure the victory.
Both goalkeepers were outstanding all afternoon. Both faced 27 shots with UMass goalie Remy Bacaicoa saving 11 while GW freshman goalkeeper Emily Fortunato saved eight, many at point-blank range.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Sunday, April 18, as they host Temple at Garber Field. The match is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m.