No. 19 Tribe Cruises Past George Mason on Senior Night

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 23, 2010)-The 19th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team got a number of standout performances and cruised to a convincing 20-9 victory against George Mason on Senior Night at Albert-Daly Field.

The Tribe (9-6, 3-2) utilized a 12-1 run that spanned both halves to open up a 15-goal lead and never looked back, as the final 25:13 of the contest was played with a running clock.

Ten different Tribe players scored for the College, including seven who posted double-digit totals. Additionally, four of W&M's five seniors found the back of the cage.

Senior Katie Rees, junior Molly Wannen and freshman Kyrstin Mackrides all recorded hat tricks for the Green and Gold, while junior Ashley Holofcener recorded four points on two goals and two assists. Wannen's impressive stat line also included a game-high five draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls. With the effort, Wannen now has 46 draw controls this spring and moves into a tie for first with Jaime Sellers ('08) on the program's single-season list.

"I was very proud of our team's performance tonight, especially our seniors," Head Coach Christine Halfpenny said. "To have all five seniors contribute in such an impressive fashion and lead us to one of the best victories of the season was exciting. Mary Zulty showed why she is one of the top attackers in the conference, and Katie Delaney came up big offensively."

Junior Grace Golden also registered an outstanding all-around effort and finished with two goals, four ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers. With the performance, she moved into a tie for second on the Tribe's all-time draw controls list (95) with Emily Vitrano ('07). Additionally, she now has 130 career goals and is just two away from tying for second on the program's all-time list with Colleen Dalon ('06).

Junior goalkeeper Emily Geary registered seven saves against the Patriots and increased her career total to 481. She now trails Jacque Orsi ('00) by just three saves for second on W&M's career list.

Among the Tribe's other standouts in the win were redshirt freshman Jenny Michael, who totaled four ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls, and senior Annie Macomber, who finished with two ground balls and a caused turnover.

As a team, W&M held a 17-14 advantage in draw controls and a lopsided 27-13 margin in ground balls.

"Draw controls were key for us, and Molly Wannen was outstanding," Halfpenny said. "She was all over the field and was a great emotional leader who kept us firing on all cylinders."

While neither team scored during the opening five minutes of play, the Tribe took an early 1-0 lead when Rees scored on a free position opportunity with 24:16 on the clock.

Although Mason (3-12, 0-5) evened the count when Callie Hoyt recorded a goal at the 22:39 mark, Wannen and Rees both found the back of the cage during the next 1:17 to give the Tribe a 3-1 advantage.

The Patriots closed the gap to 3-2 on a goal by Madalyn Jamison with 19:05 showing, but the College answered by closing the half on an 8-2 run. Wannen, Holofcener and Mackrides all scored twice during the stretch, while Zulty and Golden also added goals.

W&M continued to push ahead and outscored Mason, 9-1, during the first 25:15 of the second half. Senior Katie Delaney helped key the run with a pair of scores, while classmate Kristin Anderson registered her second-career goal during the stretch.

Although the Patriots scored four unaswered goals in the final 2:10, W&M cruised to the lopsided victory.

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