WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington women's lacrosse team used a balanced attack with eight different Colonials recording goals but it wasn't enough as GW fell, 16-14, to 9th-ranked Richmond in a physical game Sunday afternoon at GW's Mount Vernon Field. In the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams, Richmond's Ashley Friend led all players with five goals on the afternoon while GW's Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD) paced the Colonials with four goals. The victory improved Richmond's record to 9-2, 1-0 in the A-10 while GW dropped to 4-7, 0-1 A-10.
The Colonials drew first blood with a goal by senior co-captain Annie Howley (Levittown, NY) less than two minutes into the game before Richmond answered almost immediately with a pair of goals by Friend within a three-minute span. Hostetler scored her first goal of the day with an unassisted shot to knot the game at 2-2 at the 23:52 mark.
Richmond then struck for three straight goals from three different Spiders, Samantha Tracht, Mandy Friend and Morgan Vahue, to give the visitors at 5-2 bulge at the 18:25 mark. Less than two minutes later, Hostetler took a pass from Howley and whipped it into the net followed by a goal from Howley to bring GW to within 5-4 midway through the first period. Another goal by Vahue preceeded a pair of GW goals from Hayley McDonough (Annapolis, MD) and Hostetler to tie the game for the second time at 6-6. Richmond's Caroline McGuire answered on a free position shot for a goal and an unassisted goal to give Richmond an 8-6 advantage at halftime.
GW came out of the break strong and scored a pair of goals to forge the third tie of the game at 8-8 less than two minutes into the period. Richmond responded with three straight goals, one by McGuire and one each from both of the Friend sisters, Ashley and Mandy, to give UR an 11-8 margin. GW sophomore Kristin Karcsh (Kennett Square, PA) scored a goal before Richmond got another score from Mandy Friend to push the lead to 12-9 at the 15:25 mark. GW rallied for three straight goals, one each from sophomore Katelyn Honeyford (Moorestown, NJ), Katherine Sampson (Larchmont, NY) and Lauren Bower (Moorestown, NJ) to tie the game again at 12-12 with 11:16 remaining. Ashley Friend scored a pair of goals before a goal by Honeyford made the score 14-13, UR. Mandy Friend added a goal for a 15-13 advantage before GW's Hostetler scored on a breakaway to bring GW within one at 15-14 with 46 seconds left. After a battle for the ensuing draw control, Richmond's McGuire took it all the way and scored unassisted with 3.5 seconds left for the final margin.
GW sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Garman (Baltimore, MD/Friends School) went the distance and made 10 saves after facing 32 Spider shots. UR goalie Jackie Swansburg recorded 10 saves while facing 34 GW shots.
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