George Washington Runs Over Bison in Beltway Battle
WASHINGTON – Fueled
by a balanced scoring offense in which seven different players
scored, the George Washington lacrosse team defeated crosstown foe
Howard, 22-7, in its season opener on Wednesday at Howard's Greene
GW (1-0) opened its season with a win over Howard (0-2) for the third time in as many years and matched its second-best single-game goal total of 22, which was set in last season's 22-5 season-opening win over the Bison.
Entering halftime with a slight 7-5 edge, the Colonials outscored the Bison, 15-2, in the final 30 minutes to claim the victory.
Sophomore Rachel Mia led all scorers with a career-high seven goals, while junior Jordy Bathras and freshman Gabbi Hull, who made her first collegiate appearance in Buff and Blue, chipped in four goals apiece. Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner added a career-high five points on the strength of five assists, classmate Allie Rash tallied five points (2 g, 3 a) and senior Nicole Lacey recorded four (3 g, 1 a). Sophomore Casey Dell'Isola and freshman Ellie Glasgoweach scored a goal, with Glasgow netting the first of her career.
Mia put GW on the scoreboard just over five minutes into action on a free position shot, but Howard countered less than one minute later to even the score. The Colonials and the Bison exchanged goals over the next 17:36 and were knotted at 5-5, but GW took the lead with 1:05 remaining in the half and never looked back. Mia found the back of the net off of a pass from Lacey to give GW the edge and Lacey registered a goal of her own on a free position shot with 11 seconds remaining in the half as the Colonials took the two-goal lead into halftime.
The Colonials' offensive attack came out in full force after the break, netting a goal just one minute into action. Mia netted three straight goals in a 3:20 span to open the second half and propel GW to 14-0 run over 26:01 to secure the win. GW's defensive line proved too much for Howard as the Bison did not record a shot in the second period until 12:12 remained on the clock and did not score until the 3:59 mark.
Goalkeepers senior Jess Hicks and sophomore Mackenzie Jones split time between the pipes, each logging 30 minutes of action. Jones made one stop for GW.
The Colonials kick off a five-game homestand when they welcome Drexel on Saturday, Feb. 16. Action at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus is slated for 1 p.m.
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