No. 17 George Mason Drops Tech, 11-5
McBrearty, Culp and Emala extend scoring streaks to five games apiece
March 1, 2008

Box Score No. 17 George Mason 11, Virginia Tech 5
FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior captain and attacker Kady McBrearty led the team in points for the fourth time in the season's first five games, but the Virginia Tech women's lacrosse squad still suffered an 11-5 loss at No. 17 George Mason on Saturday afternoon.

Tech (1-4) was unable to come back after the Bulldogs dominated the first half, 4-0, and extended their advantage to 8-0 in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

George Mason (2-1) opened the scoring when Brittany Berger scored five minutes into the game. The Hokie defense held strong for the next 10 minutes until the Bulldogs found the back of the net again.

The 4-0 unanswered scoring streak in the first half continued as George Mason scored four more goals to start the second half. Even though the Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-0 lead through the first 43 minutes of the game, the Hokies did manage to outscore GMU 5-3 over the remaining 17 minutes.

With 16: 24 left in the second half, the Hokies got their first goal of the game from McBrearty. McBearty's unassisted goal was followed five minutes later by Allie Emala's free position goal that brought the score to 8-2.

George Mason was quick to answer as the Bulldogs scored twice in the next four minutes.

Tech rallied again as McBearty assisted Joanna Kiser for a goal with 2:58 on the clock. Less than one minute later, McBearty had another assist for fellow captain Rachel Culp.

The score for the next minute and thirty seconds remained 10-4 until George Mason's Megan Udovich scored her fifth goal of the game with 20 seconds on the clock. Freshman Kate Tracey's last-second goal for the Hokies brought the final score to 11-5.

The Hokie defense was able to stay tight with the help of Casey Warner's four ground balls. Culp's midfield skills contributed in the defensive as she forced the game-high of two turnovers.

Though the Hokies and the Bulldogs were almost tied in ground balls, Mason had the edge on draw controls, 12-5. Tech goalkeeper Kari Morrison held strong in goal with 12 saves and two ground balls.

The Hokies remain on the road as they head to Vanderbilt to take on the Commodores at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.