WASHINGTON, D.C. - Allie Hilderbrandt tied her career-high
scoring four goals, but it was not enough as the George Mason lacrosse team
fell 19-17 at American Wednesday afternoon at Jacobs Field. Emily Ellisen and
Mary Schwartz each added three goals in the final non-conference contest of the
season for the Patriots.
Seven different Patriots scored for Mason (2-7) as Ellisen
finished the game with two assists, three draw controls and one caused
turnover. Schwartz capped the game with three goals, two ground balls and one
assist, while Joy Oberlin recorded a team-high three ground balls and two
caused turnovers. Brittany Pastrana played the full game in cage and made eight
saves, five in the first half.
For American (5-4), Emily Burton paced the offense with six
goals as Emily Maher and Lauren Schoenberger each added three goals. Samantha
Marshall recorded three assists, while Kimberly Collins recorded a team-best
three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Kaska Komosinski picked up the win
in cage and recorded six saves.
Hilderbrandt gave Mason the early lead, but it was
short-lived as American used four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead with 20:18
to play. The Patriots used strong defense over the next eight minutes to put
together a 4-1 run with goals from Schwartz, Katie Mascolo and Rachel Obregon
before Caitlin Formato scored unassisted from the left of the crease, knotting
the score at 5-5 with 11:22 left. The Eagles answered with a pair of goals, but
Hilderbrandt scored on an unassisted drive for a 7-6 American lead with 5:17 to
play. American's Burton closed the half with three consecutive goals for a 10-6
American lead at halftime.
Trailing 11-7 at 26:54, HIlderbrandt completed a hat trick
scoring a pair of goals for an 11-9 score before Burton scored her sixth goal
of the contest. The Patriots continued their strong start to the second half
using three unanswered goals from Schwartz, Mascolo and an unassisted shot from
Ellisen at the top of the crease to tie the score at 12-12 with 16:52
The Eagles would
regain a three goal lead at 16-13, but Mason would cut the score to 17-16 off a
Mackenzie Jones goal with 7:31 on the clock. Alex Lugovina gave American an
18-16 lead before Obregon made it 18-17 converting a free position shot with
1:12 remaining. Mason won the following draw control, but a quick turnover
returned possession to the home squad as Maher accounted for the final score as
American won the edge in shots (32-29), ground balls (9-8)
and converted 4-of-5 free position shots to Mason's 2-of-3 attempts. Both teams
finished with 18 draw controls.
Mason returns to action opening Colonial
Athletic Association play at James Madison on March 31 at 2 p.m.