The Mustang boys lacrosse team finished its season on the same note as it began — a dominant string of victories, firmly entrenching the team in the upper echelon of the Dulles District.
Mason began its run last Wednesday, heading to Park View High School for a district rematch from earlier in the season. The Mustangs brutalized Park View in the first matchup on March 24, 19-2, and the re-match on the road closely resembled the first game, with the Mustangs dominating the entire way in a 17-1 victory. Mason had a shutout going into the fourth quarter on the shoulders of a three-goalie rotation comprised of senior Ewan Oglethorpe, junior Tim Koning and Sam Dittmar, when Park View finally scored with a few minutes left with third-string goalie Dittmar in goal. The defense limited Park View to very few shots on net, giving the goalies an easy night, while the offense appeared to score at will at times.
The Mustangs built upon their success at Park View the next day, as they headed back home last Thursday night to play Briar Woods on their senior night. Again, Oglethorpe and Koning put the team on their backs, only allowing two goals en route to a 12-2 Mason victory. The offense, anchored by sophomore Mike Duning, junior Josh Mann and junior Josh Brew, continued their flawless appearance, scoring early and often on Briar Woods. While the two goalies played a near-perfect game, the defense, led by seniors Russell Intermaggio, Sean Mondragon and Andrew Breen, played another phenomenal game, giving the goalies an easy week in the net.
In their final regular season matchup, the Mustangs traveled to Loudoun County High School on Saturday for their final tune-up before district playoffs. In a hard-fought game, the Mustangs ultimately escaped with their sixth straight win, 13-10. The Mustangs played a solid first half, going into halftime with a three goal lead, but penalties almost became their undoing in the second half. Loudoun County chipped away throughout the third quarter and tied the game, leaving the Mustangs desperate and tied heading into the fourth. Behind Josh Mann, who led the team with six goals, Brew (with five) and Duning (two), the Mustangs scored three goals in the final quarter to finish off their feisty district rivals.
Starting midfielder Charlie Mann sat out the game and Oglethorpe left with a back injury in the second half, making the two juniors’ and sophomore’s heroics all the more necessary.
The Mustangs, with a 13-1 season record, now turn their attention to the Dulles District playoffs. They begin the Dulles District quarterfinal at home Thursday, May 8 against Potomac Falls as the tournament's No. 2 seed.