Lacrosse bounces back

The GW women’s lacrosse team remained at the .500 mark for the season after splitting two games this weekend. The Colonials defeated Mount St. Mary’s College 16-6 Sunday and fell to Temple 13-5 Friday.

Freshman Laura Hostetler scored seven goals Sunday, breaking her own school record. She previously scored six times against Howard March 26. The Colonials’ victory Sunday snapped a three-game losing streak.

GW (8-8, 3-3 Atlantic 10) took control early against Mount St. Mary’s, jumping out to a 5-0 lead just 10 minutes into the first half and eventually building a 10-1 lead at the half. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Fortunato had seven saves in the win.

Despite GW’s solid play in the first half Friday, Temple (8-7, 5-1 A-10) dominated in the second frame, outscoring the Colonials 10-2. The Owls were paced by Tiffany Pulaski’s four goals.

“It was frustrating. We had our chances but couldn’t really get it going in the second half,” said junior captain Jenny Heisler. “We felt strong, but we just weren’t patient enough.”

The Owls struck 1:40 into the game on an unassisted goal by Corey Leader. Two minutes later, GW’s Lauren Bower broke loose and evened the score 1-1.

Down 3-1 with 12:30 left in the first half, freshman Molly Gannon drew GW closer on a goal assisted by junior Heidi Mayer. Mayer then ran the length of the field and split the defense to even the score 3-3 at the half.

Three minutes into the second half, the Owls took the lead on Leader’s second score and then netted three more unanswered goals, putting GW in a 7-3 hole. Sophomore Colleen Schmidt made it 7-4 with 13:05 left, but that was as close as the Colonials would get.

Temple then put the game out of reach with four more unanswered goals.

GW had chances throughout the half but was stymied by Temple’s swarming defense. Owls’ goalie Megan McLouth faced 23 shots and made six saves.

The Colonials must win their regular-season finale against St. Joseph’s April 30 to advance to the A-10 Tournament, which will be held May 7 and 8.

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