University of Denver women’s lacrosse senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) had a hat trick and two assists, sending the Pioneers to a 10-9 win over George Washington on Friday evening.
Senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) added two goals and an assist for the Pioneers (8-1, 2-0 MPSF), while Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) and Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) had two points each.
“There were a lot of improvements from our last game,” head coach Liza Kelly said. “We did a really good job on our clears, and there was a lot of improvement in the draw controls for us. Defensively, I thought we did some really nice things, holding a good team under 10 goals. But we had a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers, and that’s something we need to work on.”
Denver jumped to a quick 2-0 lead, but George Washington (4-5) scored three goals in a 1:16 span to take a 3-2 lead with 21:45 left in the first half.
The Pioneers, however, ended the half with four unanswered goals, including a pair by Harris, to take a 6-3 lead to halftime.
After the Colonials scored to open the second half, Etzel and Harris scored, giving DU an 8-4 advantage with 23:36 to play.
The teams alternated the next five goals before George Washington surged in the final 8:40. The Colonials scored three goals to cut the lead to just one goal with 34 seconds left.
GW’s Casey Dell’Isola won the final draw control, but DU defender Ali Proehl (San Diego, Calif.) forced a turnover to seal the game for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers led 27-22 in shots, 12-8 in ground balls and 11-10 in draw controls.
Denver concludes the current homestand with a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meeting with Saint Mary’s on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.