March 14, 2009

Dalton Leads BU Rout of George Mason

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior Sarah Dalton tallied seven points, including five goals, as the 12th-ranked Boston University lacrosse team rolled to a 19-7 win over George Mason on Saturday afternoon at George Mason Stadium. Junior Xan Weitzel added five points for the Terriers, who snap a three-game skid and even their record at 3-3 with the win.

Junior McKinley Curro scored four goals for BU, while classmate Traci Landy, sophomore Rachel Collins and senior Steph Walker each tallied a pair as well. Weitzel posted a goal and four assists and junior Erica Baumgartner notched a goal and two assists.

Senior Brittany Berger powered the George Mason offense with four goals and junior Megan Udovich chipped in a pair of tallies for the Patriots, who fall to 2-3 after their home opener.

Berger accounted for Mason's first three goals, with the teams trading tallies to a 2-2 tie seven minutes in before the Terriers scored four straight goals to take a lead they never relinquished. Dalton put BU up for good with 22:24 to go in the first with the first of two straight goals before Curro and Landy netted unassisted goals to make it a 6-2 BU lead midway through the first half.

The Patriots chipped away for the remainder of the opening half with sophomore Chelsea Gamble and Udovich scoring in the final two minutes to cut the BU lead to 9-6 at the half.

After the break, the Terriers were dominant, reeling off 10 unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. Freshman Hannah Frey kicked off the barrage with an unassisted tally as she continued her goal-scoring streak and has now scored in each of her first six collegiate games. BU built a seven-goal lead 10 minutes into the half before Dalton, Weitzel and Curro scored within 65 seconds to give the Terriers a 10-goal cushion.

Junior Jenny Taft scored her first goal of the season with 4:20 to go to wrap up the Terriers' scoring and Berger got one back for Mason with the Patriots' only goal of the second half with 2:50 on the clock.

Junior Rachel Klein made 13 saves in goal for the Terriers as BU held a 29-22 advantage in shots, including a 17-6 lead in the second half after being outshot, 16-12, in the opening frame. Junior Sarah Longobucco stopped six shots for the Patriots. The Terriers held an 18-17 edge in ground balls, while Mason controlled 16 of 28 draws. Junior Jenny Martin caused three turnovers and recorded three ground balls in the BU midfield.

The Terriers are back in action on Wednesday (March 18), traveling to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale in a non-conference tilt at 4 p.m.

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