Sports Roundup

Mason Girls Lax Concludes Perfect Season; Mason Soccer Dynasty Rolls On; George Marshall Softball 14-4, Baseball Team Gets Hot; Falls Church Boys Soccer Gets Win


On Thursday, May 6, the George Mason varsity girls lacrosse team wrapped up their perfect 13-0 regular season with a 23-10 win against the Briar Woods Falcons.

In the finale, play was close through the first half, and the Mustangs took a 9-6 lead into the intermission. After halftime, the Mustangs began to pull away, scoring 14 goals in the stanza while holding the Falcons to four scores.

Junior defender and midfielder Abby Johansen had eight goals in the contest; senior center Gwen Edwards had five goals and four assists, senior attack Taylor Bottock had four goals and one assist; senior midfielder Courtney Ready had three goals; senior attack Christina Perez had two goals and senior defender Chelsea Wilkes, after scooping the ball from behind her own goal, outran the Falcon defense the length of the field to score an unassisted goal.

The Mustangs did well with ground balls in the game.  Ready led in ground balls with seven, Johansen had six, Bottock had five and Edwards had four.

Senior goalie Meghan Powell crossed the 100 saves threshold for the season during the game. She made six saves against the Falcons, giving her a total of 105.

Johansen tallied 55 goals this season. Edwards scored 53.

The Mustangs will now begin Dulles District playoffs today (May 13) at home at 6 p.m. against Park View in the first game of a doubleheader; the second game of the evening will pit Mason’s 8-6 boys lax team against Loudoun County High.

Not to be outdone, the George Mason boys soccer dynasty cruised to a 9-0 win at home against Strasburg on Tuesday, May 11. Nick Smirniotopoulos struck for three goals in the game to raise his team and league-leading total to 23 for the season.

The team is now 8-0-0 in Bull Run District play, and is two games away from its sixth consecutive regular season title.

The team’s overall record is 11-0-4. The Mustangs have not lost a match in 34 contests, a mark stretching back to early in the 2009 season. The team hasn’t been bested in league play in 62 games.


The softball team improved to 14-4 on the year with a 15-0 flaying of South Lakes High on Thursday, May 7, as Olivia Ellis led the way by going three for four with five RBIs, and Kellie Marsh went three for four at the plate with three RBIs for the Lady Statesmen.

Pitcher Christine Grilliot went the distance for Marshall, earning the complete game shutout.

Grilliot went two for three at the plate, and her teammates Lauren Santana, Elaine Bennett, Michelle Tilson and Kayla Marsh all also contributed two hits apiece.

The game was held on Senior Night for Ellis, Tilson, Grilliot, and Sanata.

The baseball team has improved to 6-12 on the year with three consecutive wins.

On Tuesday, May 4, the Marshall Statesmen took on the Langley Saxons, and after one inning, it looked as though Langley was well on its way to a win,  but the Statesmen stated otherwise.

Four first inning Saxon hits, along with three Statesmen errors, allowed Langley to jump out to a 6-1 lead after one.

But then sophomore left-hander Mitch MacKeith settled in for the Statesmen, allowing only one hit over the next six innings to pick up the complete game win.

The fireworks began in the top of the seventh inning:  With the Statesmen trailing 6-3, they were able to load the bases. After a series of Saxon miscues,  Frankie Hall was hit by a pitch to tie the game at 6-6. Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, freshman Connor Barrand connected on a 3-2 pitch to center field for a two RBI single that put the Marshall Statesmen up for good, 8-6.


On Tuesday, May 11, the Falls Church boys soccer team picked up its first win of the year, turning back J.E.B. Stuart 4-3. Jose Porteria scored twice in the game for the Jaguars, and J.P. Saavedra and Luis Reyes tallied a goal apiece. Reyes, a senior captain, sent home the game-winner off an assist from Tyler Forshay. Falls Church head coach Lucas Cook told the News-Press that goalie Juan Lopez, who had 15 saves, was the “Man of the Match.”