In a rematch of last year's NCAA regional soccer final, George Mason University survived a poor first half before defeating Loyola of Baltimore, 3-1, at Mason yesterday.
Sophomore Mark Pulisic scored two goals and set up one and all-America Sam Sumo had a controversial goal as the Patriots (3-0-1) remained unbeaten.
Loyola (1-2) beat Mason, 2-0, in Baltimore last year to advance to the quarterfinals. The Greyhounds eventually were eliminated by national champion Duke.
"I told the players at halftime that we were very fortunate to still be even," Patriots Coach Gordon Bradley said. "They really took it to us and we didn't play well at all."
The Greyhounds outshot Mason, 10-4, in the first 45 minutes. Neil Moore and Joe Barger each hit the crossbar for Loyola, which was 10th-ranked in the preseason.
The second half was evenly played, except the Patriots took advantage of their chances. With 31:34 left, Tony Walsh broke into the Loyola zone. He passed right to freshman Henry Matsuda, whose cross was deflected off the left post and into the corner by Pulisic.
Maryland 1, American 1: The Terrapins (1-1-1) and the Eagles (1-1-1) battled to a 110-minute tie at American. Chris Kolodziey scored for Maryland, John Kostelis scored for American.