George Mason Uses Big First Half to Down Bucknell

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Emily Kookogey and Katelyn Miller scored two goals apiece, but George Mason parlayed a big first half into a 12-8 win over Bucknell in a non-league game on Friday night. Madison Hurwitz added a goal and two assists for the Bison, who will be back in the D.C. area on Sunday afternoon to play George Washington.

The Patriots (1-3) were led by Allie Hilderbrandt, Rachel Obregon and Caitlin Fomato with three goals each, while Kirstin Russell scored twice.

Bucknell (0-4) outscored George Mason 5-2 in the second half, but the Patriots had already built up a 10-3 cushion after 30 minutes. On the final stat sheet the Bison led in shots (25-23) and draw controls (12-10) and committed only 13 turnovers compared to 19 for George Mason, but the slow start proved too much to overcome.

Kookogey, who has a goal in all four games so far, tied the game at 1-1 on a free-position shot, but Fomato's goal 5:42 into the contest ignited a 5-0 run for the Patriots. Later in the half Obregon scored twice in a row to make it 8-2. Freshman Sam Rickels got one back for the Bison, but Hilderbrandt and Russell scored unassisted goals in the final eight minutes of the half to put Mason up 10-3.

The Patriots stretched the lead up to 12-3 with two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half, but the Bison pitched a shutout over the final 23 minutes and scored the game's final five goals.

Sophie Kleinert's tally brought the Bison within 12-7 with 7:11 still to play, but they would not be able to score again until Ryan Wenk's goal with 11 seconds on the clock.

Adrienne Wendling had a big game for the Bison with two assists and a game-high six draw controls. Miller led the team with four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

George Mason received strong goalie play from Brittany Pastrana, who played 43:51, and backup Caroline Brouse. Pastrana tallied seven saves and eight ground balls, while Brouse made four saves, allowed two goals and had three more ground balls.

Caroline O'Neill went the distance in goal for Bucknell and finished with four saves.

Bucknell will play at George Washington on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.


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