Duquesne Takes George Washington 13-10
May 6, 2005
Second-seeded Duquesne (13-3) took a 13-10 victory over third-seeded George Washington (13-5) in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Friday evening at UR Stadium in Richmond, VA. The Dukes advance to face fourth-seeded Richmond in the Conference title match Saturday, May 7, at 6:00 pm. The winner will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Seniors Ginger Flocco and Laura App led the Dukes and the match with four goals each and sophomore Courtney Tamasitis added two goals to pace Duquesne. Senior keeper Sarah Pacini stopped six shots in the win. George Washington was led by Annie Howley's three goals.
Senior Laura App opened the Dukes' scoring with an unassisted goal four minutes into action before junior Kelly Mulford found the back of the cage less than a minute later for a 2-0 lead. Heidi Mayer put the Colonials on the board at 9:10, but Duquesne rattled off three-unanswered goals sparked by Ginger Flocco's goal from Jennifer Lorenze. Courtney Tamasitis hit two goals to end the spree and give DU a 6-1 edge with just under 17 minutes to go. George Washington hit the back of the cage twice to bring the score to a 3-5 reach with 16 minutes remaining. Flocco and Lorenze hit unassisted goals for a 7-3 edge before the Colonials brought the game to a 4-7 reach with 11:19 ticking. Flocco won the draw and went to goal for a 8-4 edge and Pollock's unassisted score with 7:06 ticking for a 9-4 edge. George Washington closed out the half's scoring notching three goals in the finals 5:32 to bring the game to 9-7 DU edge at the break.
App put the Dukes on the board first in the second stanza 3:48 into play for a 10-7 cushion, but the Red & Blue saw 20 minutes scoreless play as the Colonials notched the game 10-10 with 9:58 ticking. Caroline Gallagher fed the ball to App for an 11-10 edge as 6:50 remained to start a 3-0 Duquesne scoring that would secure the win. Flocco's unassisted goal upped the score to a 12-10 cushion and App closed out the game's scoring with an unassisted goal at 1:41 for the 13-10 final.
Duquesne held a 31-26 edge in shots and a 15-10 advantage in draw controls.
The Dukes will compete in their second-consecutive A-10 title match as they faced Temple last season, but fell in sudden-victory overtime. Richmond advanced to the title contest by defeating top-seeded Temple 11-10 in the opening contest. DU defeated Richmond 11-9 on the road during the regular season.