GW hammered just three of its 16 shots on goal, while Rhode Island launched eight of its 13 shots on goal.
The Colonials (2-2-1) defeated Brown (1-2) after gaining an early lead in the first half.
GW outshot Towson 30-7, putting 14 more shots on goal than the Tigers.
Despite falling behind early in the second half, the Colonials continued to apply offensive pressure until they finally broke through Maryland’s defense.
Two defenders, redshirt senior Meghan McCormick and sophomore Madi Coyne, got the Colonials on the board for a 3–2 victory over the Eagles.
The Colonials are set to defend the Smith Center nine times in conference play and will be on the road for the rest of the team’s 18-game A-10 slate.
In their home-opener, the Colonials (2-1) trounced Hartford (1-2) and Howard (1-2), but succumbed to a loss to American.
Yeakel and Hicklen are Ulehla’s first additions to the lacrosse program since her hiring in June.
The Colonials will take on four teams coming off postseason appearances and hold the historical edge in half of its nonconference matchups.
Former gymnast and 2017-graduate Alex DeMoura drowned Monday while swimming in Mexico. She was 24.