LYNCHBURG, VA - The George Washington University men's lacrosse team opened up its 2016 season with a loss to the 17th-ranked Liberty University Flames, falling 16-2.
Liberty scored the game's first four goals and possessed the ball for the game's first 11 minutes before the Colonials answered on a strike from junior midfielder Kyle Chin (Northbrook, IL/ Northbrook), with an assist on the play by fellow junior midfielder Jeremy Falcone (Norwalk, CT/ Norwalk).
On the very next offensive set for the Colonials, sophomore midfielder Jake Fuller (Northville, MI/ Northville) found the back of the net for the team's second and final goal. The score at the end of the first quarter was 5-2 in favor of the Flames, but it was downhill from there for the Colonials.
Liberty dominated time of possession and won all but one faceoff draw taken on the day. GW played a mix of zone and man defense to try to slow down Liberty's offense, but the Flames still got off 44 shots.
In the cage for the Colonials, senior goalkeeper Justin Klimczyk (Baltimore, MD/ Archbishop Spalding) was stout and grabbed 23 saves, including many from right on the doorstep.
Second year head coach J.D. Englehart had this to say about the game: "Liberty is a legitimate program and we simply played too much defense. We will work on what we can control: effort on ground balls, defending off-ball offense, and taking care of the ball when we do have it."
The Colonials return to action next weekend with a double-header. They will take on the 2-0 Elon University Phoenixes on Friday, March 4th at 8pm at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC. On Sunday, March 6th, the Colonials will match up against the 2-0 University of Rhode Island Rams at 2:30pm at GW's Mount Vernon Campus.