March 2, 2011

Mason Erupts in Second Half, Tops GW

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- George Mason erupted in the second half to roll past George Washington 17-9 for its first victory of the season Wednesday afternoon at Mount Vernon Field. The Patriots outscored the Colonials 10-5 in the second half and were led by Mary Schwartz , Madalyn Jamison and Caitlin Formato with three goals apiece, improving Mason to 1-3 on the season.

Jamison and Schwartz led the Patriots with three goals and an assist each. Mason held a narrow 30-29 advantage in shots as goalkeeper Brittany Pastrana finished with 16 saves in 53:23 minutes of action. Katie Teague saw her first action in cage working 6:37 minutes keeping the Colonials scoreless. GW goalkeeper Liz Hoffman played all 60 minutes, recording eight saves. Three players led George Washington with two goals each.

Mason raced out to a 4-0 lead with two goals from Formato before the Colonials (1-4) drew the score to 4-3 using a 3-0 spurt. Mason answered with a trio of unanswered goals of its own, two from Schwartz, for a 6-3 advantage. After seven minutes of scoreless action from both teams that followed, Audrey Joy recorded the final goal of the half for George Washington as Mason led 7-4 at the break.

The Colonials opened the final frame drawing the score to 7-6 with goals from Mia Breheny and Nicole Lacey before the Patriots regrouped and responded with eight consecutive goals over the next 12 minutes to pull away with a comfortable 15-6 advantage. Six different Patriots scored in the run with Emily Ellisen and Anna Kopecka each recording two goals apiece. A nine-point deficit would be as close as George Washington would get the remainder of the game as Jamison closed the contest with the final goal at 1:50 for the 17-9 Mason victory.

Mason returns to action traveling to No. 1 Maryland on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 p.m.

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