Arts & Entertainment

Mason Boys Lax Improves to 10-1; Girls Split 2 Games

The Mason boys lacrosse team has put the sting of a mid-season loss to Broad Run behind them, as they continued building on their incredible season with another win on Thursday, bringing their season record to an outstanding 10-1.

The Mustangs welcomed the visiting Freedom High School last Thursday, unleashing an offensive salvo during a 17-5 romp. The offense, led by sophomore Mike Duning and junior Josh Brew, built up a huge lead early in the game after surrendering the first goal of the game. Senior goalie Ewan Oglethorpe and junior goalie Tim Koning both played well in the net, shutting down whatever the Mustang defense couldn’t contain. Seniors Sean Mondragon and Russell Intermaggio, along with sophomore Ben Stewart, caused a number of defensive turnovers, allowing for easy shot opportunities for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs were scheduled to play Loudoun County High School on Monday night in a district matchup, but poor weather postponed the game to Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. The Mason boys next take on Briar Woods at home Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Mason Girls Lacrosse Splits 2 Games

The Lady Mustangs started the week at .500 and ended the week similarly, after splitting their two games to Freedom High School on Thursday and Loudoun County High School on Monday.

Last Thursday, the Mason girls traveled to Freedom for their fifth district game of the season, winning in convincing fashion, 13-7. Freshman sensation Abby Johansen, sophomore Courtney Ready and junior Sally Blakemore, all midfielders, blasted Freedom with quick scores to open an early lead, which the Mason defense maintained throughout the first half. Entering the second half, the Lady Mustangs led 5-2, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game. Johansen, Ready, Blakemore and sophomore Christina Perez each added goals in the second half. Senior goalie Emily Perry locked down the net, contributing 14 saves on the night. Ready’s impact wasn’t just felt on the back of the Freedom goal — she also helped the Mustang cause by getting the most groundballs in the game.

On Monday, the Mason girls came back to their home field to celebrate Senior Night against district rival Loudoun County. Seniors Allie Atkeson and Hannah Baumgardner — who are both headed to Mary Washington in the fall — and Emily Perry — who will attend Oberlin in the fall — were honored. In a rematch from earlier this year, where the Mustangs lost 10-5 to Loudoun County, the Mason girls played remarkably improved defense throughout the game, especially in the first half. However, the Raiders started breaking through in the second half, as they ended up winning, 11-8. Ready had her second straight brilliant game, leading the team with four goals, while sophomore Gwen Edwards scored three and Atkeson and Johansen each added one.

The Mustangs next face Briar Woods Thursday, May 1 at 7:15 p.m. at home.