March 16, 2006
Worcester, Mass. - Eight different George Mason players scored goals in leading the team to a 12-5 non-conference victory over Holy Cross on Thursday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. The Crusaders fall to 4-2 on the season, while the Patriots improve to 3-1 overall.
Junior Patricia Sutton led Holy Cross with two goals and sophomores Kristine Corkum and Nikki Bolduc both added one goal and one assist each. Sophomore Cara O'Sullivan also tallied a goal for the Crusaders.
George Mason took a 6-1 lead into the break after scoring the game's first five goals. The Patriots jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after scores by Jess Shelton and Laura King just 6:15 into the contest. The Patriots then added three more goals - almost three minutes apart each time - to take a 5-0 advantage just less than 19 minutes in. A Bolduc tally at the 19:12 mark put the Crusaders on the board and cut the lead to four, but King answered with her second goal of the day to put Mason back on top, 6-1 at the half.
The two teams traded scores to open the second stanza and after nine minutes of play, the Crusaders were again within four goals (8-4). Sutton opened the half with a free position goal at the 30:58 mark, but was followed by a Brittany Berger tally just 25 seconds later. O'Sullivan then cut the lead to four (7-3) on another free position shot at the 32:52 mark, but that score was also answered by a Patriot tally. Sutton then struck again to pull the Crusaders back within four (8-4) with just over 20 minutes remaining, but Holy Cross would not get any closer.
George Mason outscored Holy Cross 4-1 in the final 17 minutes to seal the win.
The Patriots outshot the Crusaders, 36-20, and had a 28-20 groundball advantage. Holy Cross goalie Megan Orr made a season-high 17 saves in the loss, while Mason's Roxie Alsruhe had six saves on the day.
Holy Cross will host Bucknell on Sunday, March 19, in a Patriot League match-up. Game time is scheduled for 12:00 PM. The Crusaders are currently 1-0 in conference play, while the Bison are 0-1 in league games this season.