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Huge First Half Leads Women’s Lacrosse to 19-7 Win Over George Mason in Season Opener
Erika Braerman tallied a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists.
BALTIMORE—Senior attack Erika Braerman (
George Mason midfielder Allie Hilderbrandt put the Patriots on the board first just 47 seconds into the game, but the Retrievers responded with 11 unanswered goals over the next 19 minutes to take control of the game.
Junior attack Emily Coady (
George Mason midfielder Caitlin Formato interrupted the run with consecutive goals on free-position shots, but UMBC senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (
Braerman scored right out of the gate in the second stanza, but the Patriots tallied four of the next six goals to pull to within 15-7 with 11:19 remaining. But Braerman’s fifth goal of the game gave the momentum back to the Retrievers, who scored the game’s final four goals for the 19-7 victory.
The America East Player of the Game, Braerman matched career highs with five goals and three assists, and the five goals came on just five shots. Krause tallied a career-best four goals and five points, while Coady and Pappas also notched hat tricks. Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (
Formato paced the Patriots with three goals, while midfielder Emily Ellisen tallied twice.
Sophomore goalie Kendall Mason (
The Retrievers outshot the Patriots, 31-12, including 19-5 in the first half. UMBC also held a 19-14 ground ball advantage and a 15-13 edge in draw controls.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when they take on