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Following Setbacks, Mason High Girls Lax Claws to .500

The George Mason girls lacrosse team faced a dangerous point in their season in the middle of last week, but have since turned the tide to even their season at .500.

On April 14, the Lady Mustangs dropped their fourth consecutive game to Broad Run, a state semi-final team from last year, 13-5. The home loss dropped the team to .500 on the season. As has been the theme for much of the season, freshman midfielder Abby Johansen led the team with two goals, with senior attack Allie Atkeson, junior Sally Blakemore and sophomore Gwen Edwards each adding one.

April 17 provided the Lady Mustangs a chance for redemption and a chance to start climbing above .500. Facing Dulles District foe Potomac Falls on the road, and with freshman star Johansen sidelined with an injury, the Lady Mustangs struggled to get into an offensive rhythm while Potomac Falls shot the lights out. Mason trailed by seven at halftime and could never establish momentum in the second half. They ultimately dropped the game by the score of 13-6.

On Monday the Lady Mustangs started to correct their course with a demolition of non-league National District opponent Wakefield. The team welcomed back Johansen, sophomore attack Lexi Dahl and freshman midfielder Amanda Rolander to the lineup from assorted injuries, with Dahl playing her first game since the start of the season. With all of their pieces once again in place, the Lady Mustangs cruised 20-2 against the Warriors. Edwards locked into an offensive groove, scoring six goals for the Lady Mustangs, with sophomore midfielder Christina Perez adding four of her own. The Mustang defense played tenaciously, keeping the ball on the offensive side of the field for most of the game. With the win, the Lady Mustangs moved back up to .500 on the season with a 5-5 record.

The Mason girls look to keep the momentum rolling with an away game against Freedom High School Thursday, April 24, at 7:15 p.m.