March 23, 2013

Mason Holds Off High Point for Third Straight Win

from press releases

FAIRFAX, Va. - Picking up its third straight win, the George Mason lacrosse team held off a visiting High Point squad in the final minutes for a 14-13 victory Saturday afternoon to close out non-conference play. Mason, now 5-4 on the season and 4-1 at home, used strong defense over the final minutes of play as the Panthers threatened with a late run.

Caroline Brouse made 11 saves in the contest including three over the final 3:15 minutes of action to pick up her third win of the season. Brouse finished the game with two caused turnovers and four ground balls, a team-high. Offensively, Rachel Obregon and Kirstin Russell each scored three times, while Caitlin McGinn, Caitlin Formato and Katie Mascolo each added two goals apiece. Allie Hilderbrandt added a goal and assisted on two. Chloe Chan won a team-best seven draw controls.

For High Point, Grace Gaeng scored three goals, including two of the final three, as the Panthers made a late run to tie the game, falling short. Gaeng also contributed three assists in the contest. Alec Perry and Emily Meier each recorded two caused turnovers as Lila Mastroberti won seven draw controls.

Trailing 5-2 with not even 10 minutes expired in the first half, Mason kept the Panthers off the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes while putting together a 7-0 run sparked by a behind-the-back goal from Formato fed by Hilderbrandt to erase a three-goal deficit and take a 9-5 lead with 8:00 remaining in the first. Neither team scored over the next seven minutes as High Point closed the half with a pair of goals for a 9-7 halftime margin.

High Point outscored Mason 6-5 in the second half as costly turnovers by Mason gave the Panthers a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. The teams traded the first six goals of the period until Obregon's tally at 15:04 jumpstarted a 3-0 Mason run over the next six minutes capped by a Russell free position goal for a 14-10 Patriot lead with 8:56 left to play.

High Point would then go on a late run scoring the final three goals and winning the final draw control with 00:12 seconds on the clock, looking to tie the game. Mason's defense kept the Panthers off the board and held on for the 14-13 victory.

High Point won the edge in shots (33-24), ground balls (!5-12) and draw controls (15-14).

Mason returns to the field and opens Colonial Athletic Association play on Wednesday, March 27 welcoming James Madison to Fairfax for a 5 p.m. opening draw.

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