George Mason University and Rutgers, the nation's 13th-ranked team, played to a scoreless tie yesterday in Fairfax.

The Patriots (5-2-3) will play in the Aces Classic at Evansville (Ind.) this weekend. They will play Dayton Saturday and second-ranked Evansville Sunday.

Both teams had excellent chances yesterday. George Mason's Philip Taplah hit the crossbar with a 25-yard free kick in the second minute of overtime. Jeff Zaun of Rutgers (5-1-2) missed a 10-yard volley in the 107th minute and Taplah had a hard, 18-yard shot stopped by Scarlet Knights goalie Bill Andracki.

Later, George Mason forward Irad Young collected an errant kick by Andracki, but couldn't beat the goalie with a shot from 15 yards.

"We were average early, but we came on and were very dangerous in the latter part of the second half and in overtime," said Rutgers Coach Bob Reasso, whose team was ranked second last week before a 3-0 loss to Penn State.

Goalie Ricardo Leite, a freshman from Brazil, made two excellent saves midway through the second half. He deflected Zaun's booming volley from 14 yards and tipped Pedro Lopes's high shot over the crossbar.

Randy Wildes had George Mason's best chance of the second half. He dashed past four defenders and into the penalty area, but had his low attempt deflected by Andracki.


George Mason...0...0...0...0

SHOTS -- Rutgers 10, George Mason 12.

SAVES -- Rutgers: Andracki 7; George Mason: Leite 5.

Maryland 1, Towson State 0: Paul Boardman scored his fifth goal of the season to lead the Terrapins (5-3-2) to victory in College Park. The win ended a two-game Maryland losing streak.

George Washington 2, Loyola 2: The Colonials (3-3-3) came back from a 1-0 deficit, taking the lead with 7:29 left on goals by Derk Droze and Andrew Morrison before the Greyhounds tied it.