Women's Lacrosse Strong First Half Leads to a 14-10 Win over George Mason

March 29, 2006

Box Score

Fairfax, Va. - The Loyola College women's lacrosse team used an 11-5 halftime to snap a three-game skid with a 14-10 victory over George Mason Wednesday night at George Mason Stadium. The Greyhounds were led by junior Kate McHarg's five goals, including her 100th for her career. Loyola improves to 4-5 on the season while the Patriots fall to 4-3.

The `Hounds took an early 5-1 lead after 11 minutes of play. Alicyn Brunnett scored the first mark after just 55 seconds into the contest. Brunnett's goal came off a pass from Maura Kenny as she rolled towards the goal an off her defender. GMU's Melissa Venturi scored just over a minute and a half later on a free-position to even the score at one.

The Greyhounds scored the next four straight goals to claim a 5-1 lead with 19 minutes left in the first half. Kenny and Stephanie Walker each scored in the run while McHarg notched two of her tallies in the effort.

Venturu scored a second goal after 13:37 of play to end the Loyola run and set the score 5-2. But the `Hounds weren't quite finished as McHarg scored her third and fourth goals in the 14th and 16th minute to take a 7-2 margin. Kenny added another for Loyola, assisted by Meg Taylor to continue the 3-0 run and set the score 8-2 after 21 minutes.

The team's matched each other for the next nine minutes, each scoring three goals for the 11-5 half-time mark. Loyola's goals came from McHarg, Sydney Greene and Katie McHugh.

The Patriots outscored the `Hounds 5-3 in the second half for the 14-10 final. The Greyhounds got goals from Greene and Kenny as well as Elizabeth Weber's first collegiate goal.

Alex Piraino stopped 11 shots in goal while George Mason's keepers Roxie Alsruhe and Bonnie Nelson combined for four saves.

Every played that dressed for the Greyhounds entered the contest Wednesday while seven different players scored.

McHarg led the way with five goals and three assists. With her fourth goal, she scored the 100th goal of her career. Kenny added three goals and an assists while Greene added two goals. Walker, Brunnett, Taylor and Weber each recorded one goal. Taylor and Walker were each credited with an assist.

Venutri led Mason with five goals. Laura King was second for the Patriots with two.

The Greyhounds close their three-game road swing at Penn State on Sunday, April 2.