La Salle Drops Heartbreaker to George Washington

PHILADELPHIA The La Salle lacrosse team (9-5, 2-3) dropped a critical Atlantic 10 contest to George Washington, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at McCarthy Stadium.

Junior Melanie Sarcinello and freshman Caitlyn Brostrand each added two goals, but as a whole the Explorer offense couldn't capitalize on its 30 shots on the day.

Sarah Phillips and Nicole Lacey added three goals each for the Colonials (9-5, 3-2).

George Washington's Megan Seidman got her squad on the board less than a minute into the contest, but the first period would be a low-scoring affair.

Sophomore Maggie O'Ferrall and junior Jackie Roebuck added goals at the 15:01 and 13:12 mark of the first half to give La Salle a 2-1 lead.

The Colonials scored the final two goals of the half in the final two minutes to go up 3-2 at the break.

Brostrand evened the contest for La Salle less than two minutes into the second half and then added another tally at the 26:16 mark to give the Explorers a 4-3 lead.

The game was back and forth from there.

The teams traded goals, with La Salle's tally by Sarcinello, to keep the Blue and Gold ahead 5-4 with 23:38 left to play.

Phillips added back-to-back goals for GW a minute apart with give the Colonials back the lead at 6-5 with 22:10 remaining.

Sarcinello converted on a free position shot to tie the game at 6-all and then Claire Andrews scored an unassisted goal to put La Salle up 7-6 with 15:48 to play.

The Colonials then added two goals themselves to take a 8-7 lead with 12:03 to go.

George Washington would wind out the clock and control the ball for nearly the last six minutes of the contest.

La Salle had a chance to get back on offense after a Colonials turnover with 1:30 left on the clock. However, La Salle then turned the ball over and George Washington hung on for the win.

La Salle won just five draws to the Colonials' 10.

La Salle will play their last two regular season games next weekend against Massachusetts and Saint Joseph's.

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PHILADELPHIA George Washington defeated La Salle, 8-7, on Sunday at McCarthy Stadium to finish with two victories in a crucial Atlantic 10 Conference weekend.

Junior Nicole Lacey converted a free-position goal with 12:03 remaining in the game for what proved to be the game-winner for GW (9-5, 3-2 A-10). Lacey also provided the deciding goal in the Colonials' 14-13 overtime victory overTemple on Friday.

La Salle (9-5, 2-3) and GW each netted five goals in the second half, but the Colonials' three-goal first half lifted the visitors over the Explorers.

Lacey and senior Sarah Phillips each tallied a game-high three goals and classmate Megan Seidman chipped in two to round out GW's offense. Phillips and freshman Addi Bolin were each credited with an assist. With her four points, Phillips (110g/96a) climbed to 206 for her career, which is six shy of passing Laura Hostetler's program record 211 career points.

Seidman got the Colonials on the board less than a minute into the contest and the Explorers tied the score at 1-1 at the 15:01 mark. La Salle took the lead less than two minutes later with a goal by Jackie Roebuck, but Lacey answered with her first free-position goal of the game with 1:37 remaining in the half.

Seidman connected with Phillips for a goal with 14 seconds left in the opening half to put the Buff and Blue ahead, 3-2, heading into the break.

La Salle and GW exchanged goals throughout the second period with neither team taking more than a one-goal lead at any time. The Explorers got on the board first in the half and took a 4-3 lead with two goals in a span of 2:07. The Colonials knotted the score at 4-4 with Lacey's second goal of the game off a pass from Bolin.

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