April 17, 2009

Second Half Surge Leads Towson Past GMU

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - After playing to an even score in the first half, the Towson Tigers took control in the second half to hand George Mason a 13-6 loss in Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse action on Friday evening at George Mason Stadium. The Tigers outscored the Patriots 8-1 in the second half.

Mason has now lost its last five contests to fall to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the CAA. Towson, the defending conference champion, improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in conference games.

The Patriots struck first when sophomore Callie Hoyt took a pass from junior Megan Udovich and fired a shot past Tigers' freshman goalkeeper Mary Teeters to put Mason up by a goal. After the opening goal, Towson's Jacie Kendall scored back-to-back goals to give the Tigers their first lead of the contest. The first half was a back-and-forth affair throughout with neither side able to take control. When the horn sounded, the score was 5-5.

After the intermission, Towson scored twice within the first eight minutes to take a 7-5 lead. Senior attacker Brittany Berger scored her 26th goal of the season off of a free-position shot with 21:28 remaining to cut the deficit to one but it proved to be the Patriots' final score of the night.

The Tigers' defense held Mason scoreless the rest of the way, while the offense added six goals, including three by senior Meggie McNamara to give Towson a 13-6 victory.

Hoyt was the only Patriot with more than one goal in the game, finishing with a total of three. Senior defender Maggie Bridges scooped up seven ground balls, while junior goalkeeper Sara Longobucco finished with six. Longobucco made 14 saves in 60 minutes in goal.

McNamara finished with a game-high four goals for Towson. She added three assists, three ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover in the contest. Kendall added three goals in the game. Teeters held Mason's offense to six goals in 60 minutes, recording seven saves.

Mason will return to the field on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. against Delaware. Senior Day will take place on Sunday with four seniors being honored in a special ceremony prior to the start of the game. The four seniors that will be honored are Brittany Berger, Maggie Bridges, Alana Chan and Team Manager Rita Gerdak.

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