Emmitsburg, Md. (March 8, 2014) – Senior Hannah Gutcher's second career hat trick was not enough to carry the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team to victory as the Mountaineers fell to visiting George Mason, 13-5, at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After scoring the first goal of the game, the Mount (1-4) saw George Mason (3-2) reel off eight-consecutive goals to seize control. For the Patriots, Katie Mascolo netted four goals, while Gina Purdue added three tallies in the win.
Defensively, sophomore Steph Rurkowski made 10 saves between the pipes for the Mountaineers for her third game with 10 or more saves this season. The Mount's defense in front of Rurkowski was anchored by Melissa Cox's five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Senior Lindsay Diaz notched her eighth goal of the season on an unassisted goal 5:34 into the contest for an early 1-0 edge for the home side. Mascolo answered with three-consecutive goals on the other end to kick off an 8-0 run for the Patriots that spanned most of the first half.
Diaz was again in the action as she assisted on Gutcher's first strike of the game with 3:22 left in the half to stop George Mason's scoring streak. As the first half clock counted down, Chloe Chan's goal with one second remaining gave the Patriots a 9-2 halftime lead.
A goal from Purdue made it 10-2 in favor of the visitors with 24:37 left in the game. Gutcher posted two more goals within one minute of each other, including one off a feed from Bridget McGann, in an attempt to get the Mount back in the game, down 10-4 with 20:17 remaining.
On the other end, however, the Patriots bounced back with three goals in 10 minutes to put the game away. The Mount's final goal came on a free position attempt by Aubrey Rubino in the last three minutes.
As a team, the Mount recorded eight shots in both halves and was outshot, 35-16, on the afternoon. Freshman Sammie Knapp corralled three of the Mount's six draw controls on the day.
The Mount looks to get back in the win column on Wednesday, March 12, at George Washington at 4 p.m.