By Ian Graigs
The George Mason High School varsity field hockey team improved its record to 4-1 with its fourth straight win, a 4-0 victory on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Bishop O’Connell High School.
The Mustangs’ goals were scored by junior Sabine Wills, senior Anna Hennessey, and senior Angelika Johns, who scored twice. Julianne Kelly and Caroline Stricker assisted on goals.
Mason was on the attack throughout the game, with sophomore Manon Diz contributing several second-half rushes on offense.
Junior Caroline Duffett earned the shutout at goalie, supported by a strong defense anchored by seniors Caroline Jarrard and Emma Graig and juniors Stricker and Celia Gieser.
Stricker said after the game that “we came to win,” and Wednesday’s victory was especially notable because O’Connell beat the Mustangs twice last year, during Mason’s inaugural season as a varsity field hockey team.
Senior Eleanor Langford said “everyone came out strong and gave 100 percent.” Graig said that the Mustangs “are coming together as a team.”
These are timely developments for the Mustangs, who play six games in just 11 days starting on next Monday, Sept. 22, at home against the Brookewood School.
The Mason junior varsity team completed a big night for the Mustangs by defeating O’Connell 2-0, with freshmen Aubrey Broxson and Chloe Young scoring the goals.
While the Mustang offense dominated the play, sophomore goalie Hannah Hiscott made several saves when challenged by the O’Connell offense.
The future of Mustang field hockey looks very bright. At the recent PTA Information Fair there was great interest among the crowd at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in the upcoming free field hockey clinic that will be run by Mason varsity coach Amanda Crider on Nov. 8 at George Mason.