March 21, 2009

Berger Scores Five as GMU Routs Iona

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - George Mason (3-4) scored 14 goals in the second half on its way to a 21-6 win over Iona College (1-6) in nonconference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at George Mason Stadium. The 21 goals scored is tied for the third-highest single-game output in school history.

A total of seven players scored at least two goals in the contest for Mason. Leading the Patriot attack was senior Brittany Berger, who scored five goals and added an assist for six points. Freshman Emily Ellisen added four goals, while junior Megan Udovich chipped in three. Sophomores Chelsea Gamble and Madalyn Jamison both finished with four assists.

While the Patriot offense was prolific in the win, the Mason defensive unit was stifling, holding the Gaels to only two goals in the first half and six in the entire contest. Senior Alana Chan had a game-high four caused turnovers, along with four ground balls and two draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Sara Longobucco made four saves in 60 minutes of action.

George Mason held an advantage in shots (41-15), assists (10-1), points (31-7), ground balls (24-14), draw controls (18-11) and caused turnovers (15-8). Iona College recorded eight saves to Mason's four.

Lisa Baron and Elizabeth Coholan both scored twice for the Gaels. Colleen Magri and Carlee Street split time in goal for Iona College. Magri started and made five saves, while Street played the second half and made three saves.

Freshmen Cailey Aburn and Kara Bowman made their collegiate debuts in the game. Freshman Mary Schwartz scored the first two goals of her career in the second half for the Patriots.

Today's game was the first time George Mason head coach Lauren Rywak coached against her former school. Rywak was the head coach at Iona College for the past five seasons before taking over as the head coach at Mason this year.

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