PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –
- Mason senior Emily Littell set a career-high with her fifth goal of the season.
- Freshman forward Emma van der Vorst extended her point streak to 14 straight games.
- Redshirt junior goalkeeper Morgan Symmers won her 10th game of the season.
Mason senior midfielder Emily Littell
scored the lone goal of the match with under seven minutes to play in regulation, lifting the Patriots to a 1-0 victory over La Salle on Thursday at McCarthy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mason (12-5-0, 7-2-0 A-10, 21 Pts.) played a sloid defensive game in the first 45 minutes, holding La Salle (8-7-1, 3-6-0 A-10, 9 Pts.) without a shot on goal in the first half of play.
Littell broke the ice late in game, netting her career-best fifth goal of season in the 84th minute. Freshman forward Emma van der Vorst
picked up an assist to extend her program-record point streak to 14 consecutive games.
Littell has recorded three game-winning goals in the last eight games for the Patriots.
"I'm extremely proud and impressed with how our group of players performed tonight against another tough opponent on the road," Mason head coach Todd Bramble
said. "We were solid in every phase of the game. We controlled possession, generated quality chances and limited their clear-cut scoring opportunities. We are in a good place right now, but we need to stay focused, humble and hungry so we can finish the regular season strong before we enter post-season play."
The Patriots scored the first goal for the 13th straight match. The seven league wins are the most Mason has recorded since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Mason finished with a 12-6 advantage in shots, including 5-1 in shots on goal. The Patriots had five corner kicks and the Explorers had four in the game.
Mason redshirt junior goalkeeper Morgan Symmers
(10-3, 1.14) made one save to record her 10th victory of the season. She has a 5-1-0 record against Atlantic 10 opponents, with four of the wins by shutout.
The Patriots have won four straight and six of their last seven games, with all six victories by shutout. Mason goalkeepers have posted four straight shutouts and haven't allowed a goal in the last 365 minutes of play.
The Patriots play their final game of the regular season on Sunday, hosting Rhode Island on Senior Day, with the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. at George Mason Stadium.