Coastal Carolina Edged as George Mason Rallies

CONWAY Coastal Carolina lost a close 10-9 contest to George Mason on Monday night inside Brooks Stadium. After taking a 7-4 lead, the Chanticleers (2-4) surrendered six second-half goals, and the Patriots (4-2) managed to wind down the remaining time to escape with the one-goal decision.

With just 25 seconds remaining in regulation the Chants gained possession in their defensive end and managed to send the ball up field into the attacking zone, but could not find an open shooting area as time expired. George Mason's final goal by senior Rachel Obergon at 10:03 of the second half proved to be the eventual game winner. It was the only goal of the day for Obergon, who leads the team with 17 on the season.

Attacker Katie Mascolo led the Patriots with three goals, followed by two apiece from Kristin Russell and Melissa Lobaccaro. Obergon, Gina Purdue and Caitlin McGinn each netted one goal to round out George Mason's scorers.

Alicia Geiter, Paige Timberg and Keri White each scored twice for the Chants while Charlotte O'Leary, Rachel Waldron and Rachel Ferrara all found the back of the net once.

In addition to her goal, Waldron won seven of Coastal's 11 draw controls, tying her career high and the single-game record she set against Davidson last season. The sophomore defender also scooped a team-high three ground balls and forced two turnovers.

The Chanticleer offense controlled the tempo of the game for the majority of the first half, holding the ball for long stretches and creating good scoring opportunities. George Mason took an early 3-1 lead, but consecutive goals by Timberg in less than three minutes evened the score and gave the Chanticleer attack momentum.

Coastal scored three straight to close out the first half, and started the second with an unassisted goal by O'Leary to take a 7-4 lead. The Patriots answered back with a six-goal streak that stripped 11 minutes off the clock.

Waldron scored an unassisted goal at 7:24 followed by Geiter's second goal of the day at 3:14 that brought the Chants within one.

The Chants finished the game with a slim 11-10 advantage in draw controls but trailed the Patriots in shots (21-17) ground balls (16-15) and free position conversions. George Mason took advantage of its lone free position shot while Coastal made just 6 of 10.

For the first time this season, goalie Trista Keuhn spent the entire 60 minutes between the pipes for Coastal, stopping nine shots and corralling one ground ball. Patriot goalie Carolina Brouse made seven saves and was awarded the win.

The Chanticleers now travel to Milwaukee, Wis., where they begin their three-game road stretch at Marquette. The game time for that match, originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m., has been moved up to 3:00 p.m.

2014-03-10



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