April 13, 2012

Seniors Shine as GW Nips Temple in Overtime

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four George Washington lacrosse seniors shone on their Senior Day, and junior Nicole Lacey once again provided the overtime heroics as the Colonials defeated Temple, 14-13, in a critical Atlantic 10 match at GW Lacrosse Field on Friday.

After netting the decisive goal with 4.9 seconds left in overtime in a 10-9 victory over Saint Joseph's two weeks ago, Lacey scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 3:19 remaining in overtime to lift GW (8-5, 2-2 A-10) to victory and .500 in the A-10. Junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made two of her career-high 14 saves in the final 32 seconds of the extra session to preserve the lead and give the Colonials a 6-1 home record this spring.

Seniors Megan Seidman (4g, 3a) and Sarah Phillips (1g, 4a) combined for 12 points, classmate Casey Disharoon scored twice and won two ground balls, and senior Hilary Quinn had seven ground balls, five draws and three caused turnovers in their final home games on Friday afternoon. The quartet was joined by injured classmate Emily Perling in a pre-game ceremony honoring their contributions to the program.

The contest featured eight ties and three lead changes, and no team led by more than two goals after GW opened with three quick strikes for a 3-0 lead 6:52 into the game.

Temple (8-6, 2-2 A-10) responded with four straight goals to take the lead at the 7:19 mark of the first period and wouldn't relinquish the advantage until midway through the second half.

Seidman and Phillips never let the Colonials slip too far behind though, combining for eight points after the Owls took their first lead. Seidman scored all four of her goals during that stretch, the last one knotting the match at 10-10 with 17:43 remaining.

Lacey converted a free-position attempt 1:06 later to give GW its first lead since the 14:10 mark of the first half, but Temple's Stephanie Markunas found Karly Cohen for an equalizer. Markunas and Cohen each had four goals and an assist to pace the Owls.

Seidman and Phillips facilitated goals by Terasa Vassallo and Rachel Mia, respectively, for a 13-11 edge with less than 10 minutes to play. However, TU drew even for the eighth time on goals from Stephany Parcell and Missy Schweitzer. The Owls owned possession late in regulation, but a well-timed interception by Quinn thwarted their attack and sent the game to overtime.

Lacey won her fifth draw of the game to begin overtime, then hugged the left post with a bounce shot past TU goalkeeper Tess Bishop near the midpoint of the extra period. Freshman Jenn Seitz posted a key caused turnover to stop an Owls' rush, then Hicks twice turned away Markunas in the final seconds to clinch the victory.

With her five points, Phillips (107g, 95a) became only the second player in program history to reach 200 career points, and she is now 10 points shy of passing all-time leading scorer Laura Hostetler's 211 career points. With seven points, Seidman climbed past Kristin Karcsh into third all-time in program history with 166. Quinn eclipsed the 100 career draws mark and trails only Lacey on GW's career draws list.

GW will play its final three regular-season games on the road, starting at La Salle (9-4, 2-2 A-10) on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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