George Washington Holds off Richmond in A-10 Opener

WASHINGTON - Freshman midfielder Olivia Boudreau netted her 10th goal of the season with 1:52 remaining and George Washington held off Richmond, 11-10, in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The win over the Spiders (3-8) was the first for the Colonials (6-4) since the 2008 season, when they won by an identical score at home.

"It feels great to open conference play with a win. The team fought really hard today and came up with big plays when we needed them," said Coach Hannaford. "We believe that we can win and we have worked hard all season and pushed ourselves to get to this point. I am extremely happy with how the team played today."

With the score knotted at 10-10 and 2:05 showing on the clock, junior Terasa Vassallo picked up a ground ball following a Richmond turnover and Boudreau took it end-to-end for the deciding goal. Sophomore Allie Rash then won the draw control and the Colonials maintained possession for the remainder of regulation to hold on to victory.

Sophomore Rachel Mia scored a team-high four goals and senior Nicole Lacey added three. Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner produced her second four-point game in a row with a goal and three assists and Boudreau chipped in two scores. Senior Jess Hicks made seven saves between the pipes for GW.

The Colonials jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the 5:02 mark after Bumgardner connected with an open Boudreau, then chipped in a goal of her own off a pass from junior Jordy Bathras. The Spiders answered with two tallies less than three minutes later, but GW took at 4-2 lead at 15:33 following consecutive free position goals from Lacey and Mia.

GW and Richmond exchanged goals over the next 13:30 and the Colonials held on to a 5-4 lead when Lacey scored her second eight-meter goal of the game with two seconds remaining in the half to send GW into halftime with a 6-4 lead over UR.

The Spiders opened the second frame with back-to-back goals in the opening 1:22 to tie the score at 6-6, but Lacey lifted GW to a one-goal lead with an unassisted score at 3:01. The Buff and Blue extended their lead to 9-6 at 9:03 following an unassisted goal from Vassallo and a tally from Mia off of a helper from Bumgardner. Richmond cut the lead to one with a free position goal and an unassisted score from Bailey Zerr at the 12:54 mark, but Bumgardner and Mia connected for the second time to put GW on top, 10-8.

Richmond tied the score for a third time at 10-10 with 4:32 remaining, but GW won back-to-back draw controls and Boudreau chipped in the game-winning goal to stave off the visitors and claim the victory.

The Colonials outshot the Spiders, 28-22, and held a 12-10 advantage in draw controls. Caitlin Fifield paced the Spiders with four goals and an assist and Kara Moschetti added two goals.

GW wraps its three-game homestand when it welcomes La Salle on Friday, April 5 for a 4:00 p.m. game.

2013-03-29



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