GW Uses Strong First Half to Down Hawks

WASHINGTON The Hawks scored nine of their 10 goals in the second half, but that run would fall short as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team fell to George Washington, 14-10, in Atlantic 10 action on the GW Lacrosse Field on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman attack Nora McCallion (Narberth, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) finished out her rookie season on a high note with a season-best four goals while senior attack Val Paolucci's (Swarthmore, Pa./Springfield) second-half tally brought her to 100 points for her collegiate career. The Hawks conclude the 2014 season at 5-11 overall and 2-5 in A-10 play.

Trailing 7-0 with 4:30 remaining in the first half, sophomore midfielder Kelly Phelan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) converted on a FPS to put the Hawks on the scoreboard, 7-1.

George Washington (7-9, 3-4 A-10) added another tally with just under 3:30 to play in the first to take an 8-1 lead into halftime.

The Hawks sparked a 5-1 SJU run out of the halftime break to pull to within three goals, 9-6, at the 17:36 mark of the second. Junior midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) kicked off the scoring on an assist from sophomore attack Bonnie McShane (Media, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) just 5:02 into the second. After a Colonials goal at the 23:06 mark, Paolucci netted her 100th career goal, McCallion netted back-to-back tallies within 36 seconds of one another, and sophomore attack Bianca Angstadt (Wyomissing, Pa./Berks Catholic) closed the run.

The Colonials then went on a 4-1 run of their own to extend their lead by six, 13-7, with just over seven minutes to play.

From there, Angstadt, Phelan, and McCallion combined for three goals to pull to within three, 13-10, with just under three minutes to play.

George Washington netted the game's final goal with three seconds remaining to clinch the 14-10 win.

For the game, George Washington outshot Saint Joseph's 24-19 and owned a 19-13 edge in ground balls. The Hawks maintained a 13-12 edge in draw controls by winning nine of 15 in the second half and were 2 of 5 in FPS.

McCallion led the Hawks in scoring with four goals and added four draw controls while Phelan (2G, 2A) and Angstadt also posted multi-goal games. In their final collegiate games, senior defenders Kaitlyn McSwiggan (Allendale, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) (3GB, 4CT) and Allison Heath (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) (2GB, 2CT) and midfielder Meghan Watkin (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin) (3GB) combined for eight ground balls and six caused turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep) (5-11, 2-5 A-10) made six saves in a full-game effort.

Today's contest marked the final game for Saint Joseph's six seniors - Michele Granger (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional), Brittany Hanrahan (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn), Allison Heath, Kaitlyn McSwiggan, Val Paolucci, and Meghan Watkin.

2014-04-27



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