March 20, 2009

George Mason's Rywak Faces Former Team

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. (March 20, 2009) - After serving as the head coach of the Iona College women's lacrosse team for the past five seasons, first-year George Mason head coach Lauren Rywak takes on her old school for the first time since taking over the top position on the Patriot sidelines. First draw between Mason and Iona is slated for 1 p.m. tomorrow at George Mason Stadium.

Rywak served as the head coach at Iona College from its inception in 2003 through last season. She compiled a 23-42 record with the Gaels before taking over at George Mason after former head coach Amy Bokker departed for Stanford University.

After playing its first four contests on the road, George Mason (2-4) is in the midst of a four-game homestand. In the first two games of the homestand, the Patriots took on a pair of ranked opponents in No. 12 Boston University and No. 4 Georgetown, losing both contests.

Mason will look to end its two-game skid with a win against Iona College, which enters Saturday's action on a losing streak of its own, having lost four straight games. The Gaels currently own a 1-5 record.

The duo of junior Megan Udovich and senior Brittany Berger rank 1-2 on the team in goals scored this season. Udovich has a team-high 11 goals while Brittany Berger has added 10. Madalyn Jamison has gotten off to a strong start in her sophomore season and is tied for the team lead in points with Brittany Berger with 14. Jamison has six goals and eight assists this year.

On the defensive side of the field, reigning CAA Defensive Player of the Year Maggie Bridges leads the team in both caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (26). Junior Sara Longobucco has played every minute for the Patriots in goal this season, recording 55 saves.

The Iona College offense is led by the trio of Elizabeth Coholan, Christie Godlewski and Casey Scully. Coholan has 14 goals, while Godlewski and Scully have both scored 12. Colleen Magri and Carlee Street have split goalkeeping duties this season. Magri has 34 saves in six starts while Street has 22 saves in five appearances.

Tickets to Saturday's game cost $5 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. All full-time enrolled students at George Mason University will get in free with a valid Mason student ID.

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