Davidson Lacrosse Drops Tough 12-11 Loss to GW
DAVIDSON, N.C. — In game that featured seven ties and eight lead changes, George Washington broke up a tie game with the final lead change and Davidson fell 12-11 Sunday afternoon in Atlantic 10 women’s lacrosse at Richardson Stadium.
It was the fourth straight setback for the Wildcats (6-4, 0-2 A-10) after they had opened the season with six consecutive wins. The defeat also snapped a three-game winning streak in the series vs. GW, which improved to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in A-10 games.
Tied at 11-all, the Colonials scored the game-winner at the 5:03 mark on Katie Quinn’s fourth goal of the game.
Davidson had a chance to tie it up late with 2:04 to go and fired off a shot, which went wide but it was able to hold possession. Without the shot clock resetting on the shot, the Wildcats were forced to scramble and never got another shot off as the shot clock ran out for a turnover. GW then ran out the game clock to earn the win.
Shannon Blee scored a season-high three goals to lead the ‘Cats’ offense. Braeden Dial dished out a season-best four assists, while Sophia Sgroi and Gianna New scored twice each. Olivia Carey had a goal and an assist.
Joining Quinn with multiple goals for the Colonials was Christine Weber and Morgan McDonnell with three and two goals, respectively. Weber added a team-best two assists for five points.
The second half alone had four lead changes and three ties, after the Wildcats erased a three-goal deficit. Down 8-5 two minutes into the start of the new half, the Wildcats went on a 3-0 run with goals from Blee, Sgroi and New, with Dial assisting on two of the goals to tie things up at 8-all and 21:35 left in the half.
From there, the lead went back and forth, as Davidson took a 10-9 advantage on New’s second goal at 16:19 and then its final lead at 11-10 with eight minutes to go on Carey’s eighth goal of the season.
The first half had the Wildcats up 4-1 thanks to a pair of Blee goals in the first nine minutes. GW came back to tie it up and then took a 7-5 lead at the break behind a 6-1 run to close out the half.
The Wildcats finished with advantages in shots (34-26) and draw controls (18-7), while the Colonials had a 17-16 edge on groundballs.
Goalie Delaney Guhman was credited with six saves and a couple groundballs. Sophia Sgroi hauled in a career-high 11 draw controls, while Lindsay Rufolo (2 caused turnovers) and Claudia Becker had three groundballs each to pace the team.
Davidson hits the road for a 3 p.m. game next Friday, March 29, at La Salle.