April 5, 2011

Mason Knocks Off American in 3OT

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - With 51 seconds remaining in the third overtime period, Caitlin Formato delivered a pass to Chelsea Gamble as the senior found the back of the net for the third time lifting the Patriots past American 12-11 Tuesday night. Emily Ellisen also added three goals for Mason in the contest at George Mason Stadium.

Mason (3-7) opened the contest scoring on two free position attempts to take a 2-0 lead with just over 22 minutes remaining in the first half. American (6-6) answered with four unanswered scores for a 4-2 lead before the Patriots, behind the efforts of Formato, Gamble and Allie Hilderbrandt , closed the half with three goals for a narrow 5-4 halftime advantage.

Continuing its run from the first half, Mason opened the second half with two tallies from Gamble and Madalyn Jamison as the Patriots climbed out to a 7-4 advantage with 25:38 remaining in regulation. The lead was short-lived as the Eagles scored five of the next six goals for a 9-8 advantage. Anna Kopecka then knotted the score at 9-all with 13:08 on the clock before the non-conference foes split the next four goals. American's Paige Lin took a final attempt for the Eagles with 32 seconds on the clock, but the shot went wide sending the contest into overtime.

Mason and American took a combined four shots in the first overtime period with Eagle goalkeeper Kaska Komosinski recording two saves, but neither team was able to convert, forcing a sudden-victory situation.  American won the draw control in the second overtime period, but after three minutes of scoreless action, the teams entered triple overtime.

For the 16th time in the contest, American won the draw control to open the third overtime, but a turnover immediately followed, giving Mason possession. The Patriots called a timeout with 1:20 to play 30 seconds before the Formato pass converted into a Gamble goal for the win.

Six different Patriots scored for Mason led by Ellisen and Gamble each with three. Formato and Hilderbrandt each added a pair, while Jamison and Kopecka contributed a score apiece. Gamble also led the team with six draw controls, while Brittany Pastrana recorded eight ground balls and was one of seven Patriots credited with a caused turnover. Pastrana played the full game in cage, picking up 10 saves in 71:09 minutes of play.

For the Eagles, Chiara Speziale and Bernadette Maher led with two scores apiece and Lauren Schoenberger dished out two assists. Emily Stankiewicz recorded eight ground balls and Brit Ferguson collected five draw controls. Goalkeeper Komosinski took the loss playing the full game and recorded five saves.

After the brief break from conference play, Mason returns to Colonial Athletic Association play welcoming No. 17 William & Mary to George Mason Stadium on Friday, April 8 for a 7 p.m. tilt.


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