Women’s lacrosse beaten at home by James Madison

Coming off its first win of the season Wednesday afternoon against American, the GW women’s lacrosse team was looking to keep its momentum going with a second-straight win, this time at home against James Madison. But after scoring the first goal of the game just four minutes into regulation, the Colonials were held to just one more goal over the final 56 minutes as the Dukes beat GW 11-2.

GW struggled to slow down James Madison all afternoon, allowing the Dukes to go on a 5-0 run to answer GW’s opening goal, including three goals in the final five minutes of the first half.

The second half was more of the same from James Madison, which scored a goal in the first minute of the second half and rattled off four goals total to open play after the break before GW netted its only other goal of the game. Both Colonial goals came from sophomore Sarah Phillips, the second on an assist from sophomore Kristina Beese.

GW head coach Tara Hannaford was disappointed with her team’s mentality in the loss.

“We didn’t play a full game today,” Hannaford said. “We needed to be more aggressive on attack.”

Still, Hannaford was optimistic about her team despite the loss, calling her squad “one of the more talented teams I’ve been around.”

Next up for the Colonials is a game Wednesday at George Mason scheduled for 7 p.m.

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