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.
The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team continues its homestand when the Pioneers take on the George Washington Colonials at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.
HEAD COACH LIZA KELLY
DU women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly is entering her eighth season at the helm of the women’s program. The Pioneers are 96-40 overall and 41-4 in conference play under Kelly. The 2013 IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach of the Year led DU to a perfect conference record in 2013 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
This is seventh meeting between Denver and George Washington. The Pioneers beat the Colonials 17-6 last season.
THE 2013 PIONEERS (7-1, 2-0 MPSF)
Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) leads the team with 35 points off 25 assists and 10 goals. Senior captain Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) has 34 points off 26 goals and eight assists, placing 79.5 percent of her shots on goal.
Defensively, senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) has led DU on the draw, securing the ball 24 times, while adding nine caused turnovers. Additionally, Vinyard has 15 groundballs. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) has made 64 saves in 457:16 minutes played this season, facing 156 shots.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON (4-4, 0-0 ATLANTIC 10)
The Colonials enter the game coming off a 10-8 loss against Delaware on March 22. George Washington is led offensively by Jamie Bumgardner’s 39 points off 15 goals and 24 assists. Bumgardner has placed 85.2 percent of her shots on goal. Defensively, the Colonials are led by Jenn Seitz’s 17 groundballs. Additionally, Seitz has 24 draw controls. Cara Dellavecchia has led the Colonials in caused turnovers with nine. Mackenzie Jones and Erin Long have split the time in the cage making a combined 83 saves on 182 shots faced. Jones is 3-3, while Long is 1-1.
PIONEERS IN THE POLLS
Denver is receiving votes in the Brine Women’s Media Poll.
Caitlyn O’Brien – Defense/Midfield – 5-foot-8 – Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain
2008 US Lacrosse First Team All-American … Three-time Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association All Star (2007-09) and First Team All-State by AGLA in 2009 … Led AGLA with 47 goals in 2009, totaled 69 draw controls and 30 ground balls in 10 games.
George Washington third-year women’s lacrosse head coach Tara Hannaford has announced a 10-player recruiting class for the 2010 season, highlighted by US Lacrosse First Team All-American Caitlyn O’Brien and honorable mention All-Americans Nicole Lacey and Bridgett Lynn.
“I am thrilled to welcome this group of student-athletes to GW,” said Hannaford, who led GW to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship in her second season in 2009. “This class embodies what we are looking for in our athletes – speed, strength and attitude. I expect them to make an immediate impact on our program.”