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Area High School Sports Roundup

The McLean varsity field hockey team cleaned up 2-1 over Herndon High last Tuesday, following the previous Thursday’s 9-0 win over Wakefield. sports

McLean Field Hockey Nabs 2 Wins,
Lady Mustangs XC Take 2nd Place

Falls Church H.S.

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CHARGING AHEAD 9-0, MCLEAN’S varsity field hockey team won its game against Wakefield High, pocketing two wins overall last week. (Photo: Courtesy Jennifer Baker)

Field Hockey Team Faces Early Test “Under the Lights”

The Falls Church varsity field hockey team lost to Fairfax High and Lee High in the Lee Under the Lights tournament on Sept. 3-4, but not before beating Gar-Field High and tying Hylton High. While the out-of-district play does not count towards their regular season record, Coach Emily Stone said her girls took the challenge seriously.

Stone called her team smart, strong and experienced. On Sept. 9 the Jaguars geared up to face their next opponent, Marshall High School. “Possession will be very important in that game, so we’ll need to take care of the ball,” Stone said.

Jaguars Lose Season Opener to South Lakes

The Falls Church Varsity football team lost 14-41 against South Lakes High in their season opener on Sept. 4. “We didn’t feel like we played as hard as we needed to,” said Coach Anthony Parker.

The loss came after a high-scoring scrimmage against Woodson High School, when the Falls Church Jaguars lost 40-56. Despite the team’s defensive setbacks, senior Kyle Ruttkay finished the game against South Lakes with 12 tackles

After their opening loss, the Jaguars looked ahead at their next matchup against Annandale High on Sept. 11. “We hope to match their intensity,” Parker said.

George C. Marshall H.S.

Statesmen Varsity Football Loses Season Opener vs. Hayfield

In its first game of the season, the George C. Marshall varsity football team fell 35-0 to Hayfield High.

Hayfield running backs dominated game play, but senior Statesmen running backs Victor Vanegas and Aaron Phares managed to break through Hayfield’s offense on several occasions.

The Statesmen travel again for this week’s game against J.E.B. Stuart High on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Statesmen Field Hockey Loses to Chantilly High School

Following its 3-0 win over Stuart on Sept. 1, Marshall’s varsity field hockey team suffered a reversal of fortune last Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Chantilly High.

The girls took on Falls Church High on Wednesday, Sept. 9, with results too late for press time.

GEORGE MASON H.S.

Girls Cross Country Take 2nd Place; Boys Finish 20th

The George Mason varsity girls cross country team took second place in a season opener that included 24 teams. Sophomore Natalie Young finished first with a time of 19:50 at the Chancellor Invitational, and sophomore Eva Estrada was not far behind coming in at fourth place overall.

The varsity boys team finished 20th overall running against a large pool of competitors and without the aid of two of their top runners. The race took place in Loriella Park in Fredericksburg on a hilly course with plenty of natural obstacles. Junior Matt Baker led the team with a time of 19:01.

This year both teams have been running in tight packs, with the first and last finisher on the boys team approximately one minute apart. “Our team does a great job running in a tight group and supporting each other,” said Coach Julie Bravin. Bravin called her teams inspired and ready to pursue both team and individual goals. They race next against Clarke County High on Sept. 16.

J.E.B. Stuart H.S.

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Stuart junior Brianna Ford (center) goes for the ball. (Photo: Courtesy Brian Garvey)

Raiders are Winless After Loss to South Lakes

After a brief injury that sidelined senior Danielle O’Brien for one of their games, the J.E.B. Stuart varsity volleyball team lost their second game of the season. The Raiders lost 2-3 against South Lakes, which leaves them winless early in the season.

The departure of six graduating seniors has forced a new squad with no varsity experience to fill the gap. “We’ve improved in every game that we have played and will continue to work hard to be ready for district play,” said Coach Sharon Ponton.

The Raiders were scheduled to play Lee High School on Sept. 10.

“Lee has some good players and a new coach,” Ponton said. “I believe the match with them will be competitive, but we are certainly looking for our first victory in 2009.”

Mclean H.S.

Highlanders Lose 3-1 in Second Loss of the Season

The McLean varsity girls volleyball team dropped to a 1-2 record after losing a Sept. 8 game against Annandale.

The Highlanders lost 3-1, but Coach Steve Stotler maintained an optimistic outlook for the rest of the season.

“We are still trying to figure things out,” Stotler said. “We are mixing things up, and I saw some good stuff. If we keep working, we will get stronger.”

On Sept. 10 the Highlanders were set to play Woodson, who Stotler called a “tough opponent.”

McLean Field Hockey Surges Ahead with Two Victories

The McLean varsity field hockey team cleaned up 2-1 over Herndon High last Tuesday, following the previous Thursday’s 9-0 win over Wakefield.

On Tuesday night, McLean’s Maddy Parkhurst scored early, assited by Olivia Applewhite.

Highlander pressure remained strong on the Herndon defense throughout the game, tallying more than 15 offensive corners.

Herndon’s defense remained strong, however, and they tied the game with seven minutes left.

With less than a minute remaining, McLean’s Mary D’Alesandro and Kristina Betner drove the ball down the field for Casey Alexander to make a goal.

Goalie Sarah Park accumulated eight saves throughout the game.