American Outguns GMU for First Time in 13 Years

The American University lacrosse team picked up its first win over George Mason in 13 years with a 19-17 victory over the Patriots on Wednesday.

Emily Burton led the Eagles with a career-high six goals in the game, with five coming in the first half, while Emily Maher and Lauren Schoenberger each picked up a hat trick.

An early 4-0 run by American (5-4, 1-1) gave them the 4-1 lead just 10 minutes in. The Patriots tallied back-to-back goals to tie it at 5-5 but consecutive goals from Burton and Samantha Marshall put American back up 7-5 with 6:44 to play.

After a goal from George Mason (2-7), Burton tallied three straight goals for the Eagles to give them the 10-6 advantage at the end of the first half.

The Eagles would take an 11-7 lead off a goal from Kimberly Collins early in the second half before two straight goals from Allie Hilderbrandt brought George Mason within two. The Patriots went on a 3-0 run to tie the game at 12 with 16:52 left to play.

A goal from Rachel Obregon brought the Patriots within one, 18-17, with 1:12 to play but the Eagles were able to hold on and E. Maher found the back of the net with 0.5 seconds remaining for the 19-17 final score.

Burton recorded six draw controls in the game and Collins posted a team-high three ground balls. American held a 9-8 advantage in ground balls collected while the teams each came up with 18 draw controls. Kaska Komosinski had six saves in the win.

Hilderbrandt led the Patriots with four goals while Emily Ellisen and Mary Schwartz each had three.

The Eagles will head on the road next to take on the Bucknell Bison on Saturday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m.

2012-03-21



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