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Spring Sports Briefs

George Marshall High's boys soccer takes two. J.E.B. Stuart's girls tennis team is streaking after a disappointing 2007 season. Injuries derail the Raiders' boys lacrosse team, while McLean's boys lacrosse team celebrates Senior Day with a 17-5 win over Marshall.

George C. Marshall Boys Soccer

After a week of tie games, the Marshall Statesmen soccer team finally tasted the sweet nectar of victory once more, notching two victories to bump their season record to 5-2-3 overall and 3-1-1 in district.

The Statesmen finished last week with a game on district rival Madison’s field on Friday night, a hard-fought affair that the Statesmen ended up winning, 1-0. The defensive pressure of the two teams, especially Marshall, was evident throughout the game, as the teams were still knotted at zero by halftime. The Statesmen goal came 15 minutes into the second half, when a free kick from senior Scott Bugby found senior Brendan Stringer on the back post of the net. Stringer simply tapped the ball home for the game winning goal. Bugby’s defensive performance was similarly notable, guarding against Madison’s long-ball attack. He helped squelch the Warhawks' offense, limiting them to only six shots on goal for the entire game.

On Monday night, the Statesmen held off McLean at home, 3-2. After scoring the first-and-only goal last game, the Statesmen proved their early-season habit of having the opponent score first might be coming to an end, with senior Gregory Goldbach beating the McLean keeper for the first goal of the game.

In the second half, the Statesmen increased the pressure, finding Goldbach again on a quick transition play for his second goal. Freshman Dylan Goodale stretched the lead to 3-0 quickly thereafter, breaking free from two defenders and beating the goalie. McLean wasn’t done yet, scoring with 10 minutes left and again on a penalty kick with less than two minutes left, but the Statesmen lead was too much for the Highlanders to handle.

The Statesmen have the rest of the week off before a game on Monday at Mt. Vernon at 7:15 p.m.

J.E.B. Stuart Girls Tennis

When a team goes winless for two straight seasons, players clearly become demoralized, however the Raiders have taken heart given their recent rebound, already posting three wins on the season.

Last Monday, the girls traveled to Mt. Vernon and edged their National District foe, 5-4.

Led by senior Julie Nguyen and junior Carina Gutjahr, the Lady Raiders’ strength lies in their depth, according to their coach Nancy McGirr.

We don’t have the powerhouse players at No. 1 and 2 that many other teams have, but we have strength and depth across all top six positions, which gives us a bit of an advantage,” McGirr said.

Along with Nguyen and Gutjahr, the strong, balanced play of Kelly Weirick, Vicky Nguyen, Kathy Nguyen and Aiza Brahim provide incredible talent from top to bottom of the varsity lineup.

Unfortunately, the girls could not maintain their momentum from the Mt. Vernon victory, dropping a home game to National District rival Yorktown 8-1 last Tuesday.

Our toughest challenge comes in competing against Yorktwon and Washington-Lee that traditionally have strong teams and in recent history have finished in the top two positions in the National District,” McGirr said. “Beyond these two teams, however, competition is fierce for finishing the season in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions.”

With an away match on Monday canceled against Wakefield, the girls travel to Falls Church April 24 at 4 p.m. for their next match.

J.E.B. Stuart Boys Lacrosse

The Stuart boys lacrosse team suffered through an incredibly tough week last week, losing two games and more players than the team could have imagined.

On Tuesday, the Raiders traveled to Yorktown to take on their district rivals. Yorktown, with a home crowd advantage and injuries piling up for the Raiders, took advantage of the situation, winning 11-2. After the Raiders failed to register a shot on goal in the first quarter, leading scorer Patrick Ray attempted four shots in the second before being taken out with a hard hit. He would return in the second half, only to pull himself out of the game and head to the hospital for collarbone X-Rays.

Without their leading scorer, things got quickly out of hand for the Raiders, who were already down 5-1 at the half. Raider Zane Ziebell came out of the game with a bad ankle (although he returned to the game), Davon Champ came out with a bruised arm and Silas Davis also injured his ankle during the game. While Yorktown took note of the injuries, choosing to play patiently with a number of subs, the Patriots still scored three times in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to nine by the end of the game.

Things didn’t get any better for the Raiders two days later, as they faced Mt. Vernon last Thursday at home. With Ray, Davis and defenseman Ricarlo Bell all sitting due to injuries, and three players in Boston for a band trip, the team only had 15 healthy players at the start of the game. Mt. Vernon capitalized, storming the Raiders 11-4.

Luckily, the Mt. Vernon game was the last for the Raiders for a week, so their players have a chance to rest up and heal from their injuries. They head to Edison Friday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. for their next game.

McLean Boys Lacrosse

After the sting of four straight losses, the McLean Highlanders lacrosse team was looking for some redemption on its senior night at home last Thursday. Unfortunately for the visiting Marshall squad, the Highlanders took out their aggression and celebrated their senior class in grand fashion with a 17-5 victory.

Sean Flint led the way for the Highlanders, scoring four goals on the night while compiling an outstanding 80-percent face-off winning percentage. When Flint wasn’t dominating the Statesmen, junior goalie Tyler Quinn and senior defender Aaron Cornwell were anchoring the steady Highlander defense. Senior midfielders Alex Russomanno, Ryan Jarriel and Matt Wellens dominated the midfield position all game, allowing for easy transition goals for the Highlanders against Marshall.

The Highlanders travel to Stone Bridge, Thursday, April 24 at 7:15 p.m.