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Scoring Blitz Sends GMHS to 3-0 Start; Blakemore, Johansen Combine for 15 Goals

FRESHMAN ABBY JOHANSEN scoops up a ground ball for the Mustangs in their 18-5 win over Park View. (Photo: Courtesy Jane Johansen)The George Mason High School varsity girls lacrosse team opened its season with a very busy first week, playing and winning three games.

Currently the Mustangs are undefeated in the Dulles District, by beating Park View (18-5) on Monday and Freedom (15-9) on Wednesday. A 6-4 victory over AAA opponent Washington-Lee on Friday extended the win streak.

Against Park View, freshman midfielder Abby Johansen scored eight goals and junior midfielder Sally Blakemore scored six, while senior attack Allie Atkeson, sophomore center Gwen Edwards, sophomore midfielder Christina Perez and freshman defender Amanda Rolander each scored one apiece.

Blakemore matcher her six-goal total against Freedom, while Johansen chipped in with five. Edwards (two goals), Atkeson and junior Katie Fletcher (one goal apiece) also contributed to the Mason attack. Despite many attempts at goal by Freedom, it could only seldom penetrate the Mason defense strength anchored by goaltender Emily Perry.

On a very cold and windy Friday evening in Arlington, GMHS played very strong defense to get a win against Washington & Lee. Edwards led the scoring with four goals, while Blakemore accounted for the other two. Perry had an amazing evening, holding the persistent W-L attack at bay by stopping 16 of 20 shots.

All week the defense had strong performances by Sage Dever, Grace Kuipers, Chelsea Wilkes and Katrina Synder.

Monday's scheduled game against Loudoun County was postponed, with a make-up date set for April 9. The Mustangs next face Park View on the road on Thursday, April 3.