GW Wins A-10 Opener Over St. Bonaventure

WASHINGTON, DC - Sophomore Nicole Lacey scored three of her team-high five goals during a game-clinching 10-1 run midway through George Washington's Atlantic 10 opening 18-15 victory over St. Bonaventure Friday at Mount Vernon Field. The Colonials opened a nine-goal lead with the spurt and held off a late Bonnies rally for their third win in the last four games.

Lacey finished with five goals and junior Sarah Phillips added five points on four goals and an assist to help GW (4-7, 1-0 A-10) win its conference opener for the third time in four seasons. Sophomore Hannah McLaughlin provided a spark off the bench with three goals.

The Colonials spread the scoring around to eight different players to offset singular efforts from SBU's Cara Callahan, who tallied seven goals, and Emily Kane, who totaled eight points on a goal and seven assists.

GW never trailed and fended off four SBU game-tying goals through the opening 29 minutes, the last on Christine Hanley's goal that made it 6-6 with 1:07 left before halftime.

The Colonials took the lead for good at 7-6 just three seconds before intermission on Lacey's third free-position goal of the half.

That goal just before the break helped swing the momentum to GW, which opened the second half with three straight goals to open a 10-6 lead with 24:28 to play.

SBU (3-4, 0-1 A-10) ended the spurt 21 seconds later only to see GW rattle off six unanswered between the 20:35 and 14:18 marks to surge to a 16-7 advantage. Along with Lacey's three goals, McLaughlin and junior Casey Disharoon provided two goals apiece during the 10-1 run.

The nine-goal cushion proved to be just enough as the Callahan-Kane duo combined five times during SBU's 8-2 rally over the final 13 minutes. The Bonnies pulled within three, 18-15, on a Kane set-up of Lauren Michaels' fourth goal with 3:05 left.

Senior Audrey Joy, who chipped in a goal and three caused turnovers, won the ensuing draw and the Colonials managed to maintain possession for all but 10 seconds over the final minutes to win their third straight against the Bonnies.

Phillips pitched in a game-high five draw controls, redshirt senior Laura Dominiak won a game-high four ground balls, and junior Hilary Quinn matched Joy's three caused turnovers and three draws.

Senior goalkeeper Liz Hoffman played all 60 minutes and made nine saves on 31 shots faced. The Colonials fired a combined 30 shots on SBU's Karly Kocis (47:45, 16 ga, 6 saves) and Sara Schlagenhauf (12:15, 2 ga, 1 save).

GW returns to action at Mount Vernon Field Sunday at 1:00 pm against Duquesne.


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