George Mason Defeats GW, 8-6
Patriots Hand Colonials First Loss of the Season
March 10, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's lacrosse team (1-1) suffered its first loss of 2005, falling to George Mason (1-2) by the score of 8-6 on Thursday, March 10 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. The Patriots tallied four of the game's last five goals to post the victory.
With GW ahead 5-4, George Mason's Christina Frank netted three consecutive markers to give the Patriots a 7-5 lead with 12:15 to play in the game. Senior attack player Heidi Mayer found the back of the cage at 50:06 to pull GW within one, but Mason's Alex Velesz sealed the game with a free-position goal at 52:45.
Frank paced Mason with four tallies and Tracy Waterson added two. Patriots' goalie Meg Dentler faced 33 GW shots and made 17 saves.
The Patriots grabbed a 2-0 advantage at the 13:08 mark on scores by Waterson and Frank. The Colonials rallied with three straight goals to take a one-goal edge at 22:57, before a Sarah Bryant tally at 27:24 tied the game at three heading into halftime.
Waterson opened the second stanza with an assisted goal at 31:35, but consecutive scores by junior Colleen Schmidt and Mayer, off a feed from Hostetler, gave the Colonials the lead before Mason's game-clinching scoring spree.
GW sophomore Emily Fortunato started the game and made four saves in 31:35 before being replaced by Caitlin Garman. Freshman Kristin Karcsh made her first career start in the contest, and sophomore midfielder Molly Gannon registered her point of the season with an assist. She also led GW with four ground balls.
The Colonials outshot the Patriots, 33-17, and held the edge in draw controls, 9-7.
GW is 0-4 all-time against Mason.
The Colonials play their first road contest of the season on Sunday, March 13 versus Mount St. Mary's at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA due to unplayable field conditions at Mount St. Mary's.
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