Dukes Top George Washington, 9-8, In OT
April 10, 2005
Washington, D.C. - Senior Laura App's unassisted goal with 1:02 to play in overtime gave the Dukes a 9-8 victory over George Washington in a battle between two unbeaten Atlantic 10 teams Sunday afternoon at GW's Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. Classmate Ginger Flocco again was a productive offensive force for the Red and Blue with a game-best five points -- three goals and two assists.
The win, the sixth straight for Coach Kim Eldridge's players, raised Duquesne's record to 8-2, 3-0 in the A-10 while GW is now 9-3, 3-1 in league play. The loss ended the Colonials' five-game winning streak.
With the game tied at seven in the extra period, GW's Heidi Mayer scored on a pass from Meghan McDonough to put the Colonials in front, 8-7, at 61:31. The Dukes evened the match 1 minute and 13 seconds later when junior Caroline Gallagher one-timed a Flocco pass by GW goaltender Emily Fortunato. App found the back of the cage at 64:58 to give Duquesne the 9-8 lead. The Dukes were able to stop the Colonials in the final 62 seconds, with senior Sarah Pacini registering one of her 13 saves.
The first half ended in a 4-4 tie. Flocco and sophomore Courtney Tamasitis tallied unassisted goals to start the scoring, DU up 2-0 with just 1:11 gone in the game. The Colonials responded with four unaswered markers, the last by Heidi Mayer midway through the half (15:40), giving the hosts a 4-2 edge. Junior Kelly Mulford, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, hit two goals, the first off Flocco's assist while the second, which knotted the score, was set up by Tamasitis with only 26 seconds left before the break.
Flocco again initiated the scoring via a free position shot three minutes into the second half. After Megan McDonough again evened the score, 5-5, with 22 minutes left, Flocco and App put the Dukes on top, 7-5, with close to 16 minutes to play.
The Colonials had that winning streak for a reason as demonstrated by Annie Howley who scored at 47:14, and, with just 39 seconds left in regulation to force the extra five minutes. Howley matched her career best with four goals. Fortunato recorded seven saves.
The only other team undefeated in A-10 competition is Temple (5-4, 2-0) which entered the week ranked 16th in the nation. The Owls lost to #5 U.Va, 20-5, on Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love.
This was the second game-in-a-row where Flocco led the Dukes with five points. Her seven goals and three assists this weekend extended her team-leading marks to 30 goals and 12 assists - 42 total points.
The Dukes return to action on Friday, April 15th with a 3:00 p.m. home match against UC Davis on Rooney Field. The 6-4 Aggies have been idle since March 29th when they topped the A-10's Saint Joseph's, 9-7, in Philadelphia. The west coast team will play Robert Morris and St. Vincent's the next two days before returning to California.