Lacrosse Blitzed by George Mason, 14-6
March 24, 2004
FAIRFAX, VA -- The George Mason lacrosse team opened the game with nine unanswered goals to jump out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 14-6 victory over visiting George Washington under the lights Wednesday night at GMU Stadium in Fairfax, VA. The loss dropped the Colonials to 2-5 on the season while GMU improved to 1-2.
The Patriots blew it open early on a pair of goals by Kristy Manas in the first three minutes of the game. GMU's Tracy Waterson added three goals and Kristen Olsen contributed a pair of goals to put the game out of reach midway through the first half.
GW broke through for a goal with 5:40 left in the first period when two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week Laura Hostetler (Ellicott City, MD/River Hill) forced a shot though the Patriot defense. GW junior Jamie Lee (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley) followed with a goal three minutes later to send the Colonials to halftime down by seven, 9-2.
GMU opened the second half with three unanswered goals to take a 12-2 lead before Hostetler and sophomore Lauren Bower (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) tallied a pair of unassisted goals to bring GW to within 12-4.
GMU's Olson scored her third goal of the game at the 7:14 mark before GW closed out the scoring with a goal by Molly Gannon (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) and Hostetler whose third goal came with just three seconds left.
GW freshman goalkeeper Emily Fortunato (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) faced 25 shots and saved seven while GMU goalkeeper Meg Dentler faced 23 shots and recorded 13 saves. It marked just the second night game for GW in its brief, two-plus seasons as a varsity program.
GW returns home this Friday for a 3:30 pm game against Howard at Mount Vernon Field.
George Washington (2-5) 2 4 - 6
George Mason (1-2) 9 5 - 14