GW Secures A-10 Bid with Win Over St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. The George Washington lacrosse team secured a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2009 after defeating St. Bonaventure, 17-11, on Sunday afternoon in the Colonials' regular-season finale.

With the win, GW improves its overall record to 10-6, marking the first time the Colonials have earned double-digit wins since the 2007 season when the squad went 11-7 and made a run to the A-10 title game.

GW (4-3 A-10) is slated to be the No. 4 seed at the A-10 Championship, which will take place Friday, April 27 and Sunday, April 29, at Richmond's Robins Stadium. The Colonials will match-up with top-seeded No. 16 Massachusetts (16-1, 7-0 A-10) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Seniors Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman combined for 14 points in the contest as they recorded a game-high seven points apiece. Seidman tied her season-high with seven points on the strength of three goals and a career-high four assists, while Phillips tallied her season-high seven points on four goals and three assists. With 79 points on the year, Phillips ties Laura Hostetler's 2005 program record for most points in a single season.

The Colonials went on a six-goal run sandwiched between the first and second halves to take control after trailing throughout much of the opening period. St. Bonaventure (3-10, 0-7 A-10) came within two goals less than four minutes into the second period, but GW answered with a four-goal run and did not allow the Bonnies to come within more than three for the remainder of the contest.

SBU jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 4:23 into play, but Phillips responded with an unassisted goal at 22:31 to put GW on the board. The Bonnies answered with two more tallies to go up, 4-1, but Seidman connected with freshman Rachel Mia at 15:02 to cut the deficit in half.

St. Bonaventure's Taylor Ventre found the back of the net on a free position shot at 14:03 for the Bonnies' final goal of the half, but Phillips recorded her second unassisted goal of the game at 13:02 to spark GW's six-goal run.

Junior Nicole Lacey put the Colonials within one when she scored a free position goal at the 11:18 mark, and senior Casey Disharoon closed out the half with back-to-back goals with less than 40 seconds to play in the period. Disharoon's first goal came off a free position with 37 seconds showing on the clock to knot the score at 5-5, followed by an unassisted goal with five seconds remaining to lift GW to a 6-5 lead heading into the break.

Lacey opened second-half play with an unassisted goal after just 37 seconds of action, and freshman Allie Rash scored off a pass from Seidman less than two minutes later to lift GW to a three-goal lead.

St. Bonaventure's Ventre scored her third unassisted goal at 26:27 to pause GW's run, but the visitors responded with four more goals over a span of 3:35 to take a 12-6 lead. Seidman registered an unassisted goal at 22:55, followed by a goal by freshman Addi Bolin at 20:52 off a dish from Seidman. Phillips connected with Seidman 32 seconds later for an 11-6 advantage, then assisted a goal by sophomore Terasa Vassallo at 19:20 for a six-goal lead.

The Bonnies scored three straight over a three-minute span to cut the lead to three, but the Colonials recorded five of the final seven goals of the game to secure the victory. Seidman found an open Phillips at 12:56 to put GW up 13-9, and SBU's Danielle Drabin responded with an unassisted goal at 10:57 to cut the lead back to three. Phillips scored her third unassisted goal at the 8:20 mark and assisted a Bolin goal 44 seconds later to put GW up, 15-10.

Sophomore Jordy Bathras found an open Seidman to extend the lead, and Lacey chipped in the Colonials' final goal at 2:44 on an unassisted shot. The Bonnies' Elspeth McGarry scored the final goal of the game at 1:57, but it was not enough to overcome the Colonials.

Junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made 12 saves between the pipes for the Buff and Blue, including eight in the first half.

2012-04-22



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