George Mason lost its second consecutive game Saturday, losing to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 38-22. UMBC now stands 1-2 and George Mason 0-2 in the Potomac Conference.
Both teams, coming off loses, looked to notch their first win of the season Saturday. George Mason came out looking much improved from last week, scoring two tries and converting a penalty kick within the first 20 minutes. Up by 15, the Patriots seemed unstoppable against the UMBC defense early. However, Mason was plagued by a series of penalties late in the first half, allowing UMBC to score two tries.
The half ended with George Mason up 15-12, but down a man for a red card infraction.
The second half saw a momentum change as UMBC capitalized in the scrums. Mason, once again, struggled with penalties, forfeiting another five points to UMBC by way of a penalty try. The Patriots suffered another crushing blow for a yellow card infraction, leaving them down two men. UMBC’s offense used this to its advantage, forcing the Patriots’ defense to their goal line before scoring again.
GMU made a comeback though, as they used their powerful forwards to penetrate through the UMBC defense. Mason scored again, bringing the score to 26-22. With a four point lead, UMBC struggled to maintain possession and almost allowed GMU to score a fourth time. But, it was UMBC’s attentive offense that won the game. UMBC scored twice more late in the second half.
“That [red card] penalty, combined with a high tackle penalty, forced us to play two men down for a good part of the second half, which definitely cost us the game. I am absolutely certain that we would have been able to beat UMBC had it not been for those penalties,” George Mason No. 8 Andrew Leonard said.
Next week the Patriots take on Towson, and UMBC will have their bye week.