George Washington Snaps Slide with Win vs. Saint Joseph's

WASHINGTON - Sophomore Sarah Phillips assisted four goals and tallied another and freshman Abby Sneeringer recorded a hat trick and four points to lift the George Washington women's lacrosse team and its four seniors to an 11-9 victory over Saint Joseph's in Atlantic 10 action at Mount Vernon Field Friday.

The victory snaps a seven-game losing skid for the Colonials, who are now seventh in the A-10 standings with three league games remaining. SJU (2-11, 0-4 A-10) has lost 10 consecutive games.

Phillips assisted Sneeringer just 25 seconds into the game and GW never relinquished the lead to improve to 4-0 all-time against Saint Joseph's at Mount Vernon. The Colonials jumped ahead 5-1 on a Sneeringer-to-Phillips goal at the 17:02 mark, followed by Sneeringer's second goal of the game with 14:03 left in the half to make it 6-2.

The Hawks continued to hang around, cutting their deficit to 6-4 before the Colonials against pushed the margin to four, 8-4, on back-to-back goals from freshman Nicole Lacey and sophomore Casey Disharoon. Mary Elizabeth Klepper scored one of her two goals as the first half expired to pull SJU within 8-5 at the break.

Senior Katelyn Langs scored her first goal of the season on the free-position 1:35 into the second half to again push the Colonials ahead by four, then Sneeringer completed her hat trick after a Klepper goal to make it 10-6 with 24:36 left.

GW would not score for nearly 18 minutes and SJU closed within two goals, 10-8, behind strikes from leading scorers Grace Dinn and Jen Peters.

Phillips matched her career-high fourth assist with a quick find in traffic to Disharoon to give the Colonials a comfortable 11-8 cushion with 6:39 to play. Dinn scored her game-high fourth goal with 4:05 left to make it 11-9, but GW didn't allow SJU to enter its offensive third and ran off the final minutes for the important A-10 victory.

Lacey, Disharoon and sophomore Hilary Quinn finished with two goals, followed by one apiece from Phillips and Langs. Lacey won six of GW's 14 draws and now leads the team with 32 on the season, while Disharoon and Quinn led the team with three ground balls apiece.

Junior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman made four saves on 18 shots faced to earn her third win of the season. Kaitlin LaBarbera made seven saves on 22 shots faced in the loss.

Graduating seniors Meghan Ottolini, Katelyn Langs, Kelsey Honeyford and Taylor Donohue were recognized prior to their final home game.

GW (3-10, 1-3 A-10) travels to Philadelphia to face league-leader La Salle Sunday at 1:00 pm.


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