Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2015) – After jumping out to a 10-9 halftime lead, the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team could not hold on in Tuesday's 18-12 road loss at George Washington in non-conference action. Erin Seipp (Towson, Md.), Sammie Knapp (Cub Hill, Md.) and Nicole Lantuh (Bethesda, Md.) all registered hat tricks for the Mountaineers.
"We played a very strong first half today. We definitely made some costly turnovers in the second half and ran out of gas," Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann said. "The team worked really hard throughout the entire game, we just needed to make smarter decisions down the stretch. We will learn a lot from this game and move forward."
The Mount (1-5) fell behind early as George Washington (2-4) tallied four of the game's first five goals for a 4-1 lead with 23:57 left before halftime. Marley Heller (Baltimore, Md.) sparked a 4-0 run for the Mount with her third goal of the season with Knapp, Seipp and Nicole Snyder (Elkridge, Md.) also adding goals during the stretch.
The Colonials regained the lead with two-consecutive goals before another 4-0 run for the Mountaineers gave the visitors a 9-6 edge with 4:32 to go before the half.
GW closed the half with three of the next four goals to close the gap to 10-9 at halftime. Rachel Mia, who led the Colonials with seven goals on the day, scored four times in the first half.
George Washington quickly gained the upper hand in the second half with four goals in the first 12 minutes to seize a 13-10 lead. Lantuh broke up the Colonials' attack with her second goal of the game with 16:12 remaining, but GW proved to be too much down the stretch with five more goals in the closing 12:28 to pull away.
Junior Steph Rurkowski (Manlius, N.Y.) made six saves in goal for the Mount, while George Washington goalkeepers Mackenzie Jones and Adele Wise were called upon to make a combined two saves.
The Colonials held a 30-17 edge in shots and picked up 19 ground balls to the Mount's 14.
Next on the schedule, the Mount hosts Duquesne at Waldron Family Stadium on Sunday, March 22.