April 19, 2009

First-Place Delaware Drubs George Mason

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior midfielder Debbie Sloan's five goals led first-place Delaware past George Mason by a final score of 14-8 on Senior Day at George Mason Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Fightin' Blue Hens used a five-goal run spanning 5:34 at the close of the first half and the start of the second to break a 4-4 tie and gain an advantage in the game.

Mason sophomore attacker Callie Hoyt knotted the score at four with 3:51 remaining in the half when she scored off of a free-position attempt. The Patriots were unable to score again during the first half and entered the intermission trailing by a pair of goals as Delaware's Stephanie Allen and Lindsey Coon both scored within the final 3:26 of the half to break the tie.

Trailing 6-4, Mason's defense was unable to control the Delaware tandem of Sloan and junior Courtney Aburn at the start of the second half. Sloan scored the Fightin' Blue Hens first two goals of the half, with Aburn assisting on both. With 27:52 remaining in the second half, Sloan returned the favor, assisting on an Aburn goal to put Delaware ahead 9-4.

Mason snapped the 5-0 run when senior attacker Brittany Berger scored her 27th goal of the season with 23:27 left in the contest. However, the deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Fightin' Blue Hens went on to outscore the Patriots 8-4 in the second half on their way to a 14-8 victory.

Hoyt scored three goals to pace the Patriot attack for the second consecutive contest. She added an assist for a total of four points in the game.

Sloan led all players with five goals and six points. Freshman Stephanie Allen added three goals for the Fightin' Blue Hens.

Four Mason seniors - Brittany Berger, Maggie Bridges, Alana Chan and Team Manager Rita Gerdak - were honored in a special ceremony prior to the opening draw. Brittany Berger scored a goal and added a pair of assists for three points, Bridges caused two turnovers and scooped up three ground balls and Chan scored two goals with an assist, two caused turnovers, three draw controls and five ground balls in the game.

Mason's record drops to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play with the loss. Delaware improves its record to 9-6 and 5-1. The Patriots play their final game of the season on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. against James Madison at George Mason Stadium

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