By Ian Graig
George Mason High School’s varsity field hockey team won its fifth game in a row on Monday, defeating the Jaguars of Falls Church High School 3-0.
Mason led the hard-fought game 1-0 at the half on a goal by sophomore Sarah Lubnow, who put the ball past the Falls Church goaltender following a high drive by junior Caroline Stricker.
After a back-and-forth start to the second half, Mason finally put the game away with two more goals by Sarah Lubnow. One of her goals followed a long sprint that started at midfield and ended with a shot that eluded the Falls Church goaltender. Lubnow’s hat trick, combined with Mason’s tough defense, was too much for the Jaguars.
The win pushed the Mustangs’ record to 10-3 – a particularly striking mark for a team that won only two games last year in its inaugural season as a varsity sport.
It also marked the second time this year that Mason has won five games in a row.
The win at Falls Church followed two home victories, the first of which was a 4-1 win last Thursday over the Knights of Bishop O’Connell.
Junior Callie Gaskins scored two first-half goals for the Mustangs and Stricker added another on a hard outside shot. Senior Anna Hennessey scored Mason’s fourth goal on a rebound in the second half.
The Knights’ goal was the first scored during regulation in four games against the rock-solid Mason defense, which is led by Stricker, junior Celia Gieser, seniors Emma Graig and Caroline Jarrard and goaltenders Caroline Duffett and Rachel Skomra.
Earlier in the week, after a series of very close games, the Mustangs had a bit of a breather with an 11-0 win at home on Tuesday, Sept. 30 against the Penguins of Washington’s School Without Walls.
The first three Mason goals were all scored by Jones, two of which came from rebounds of shots by junior Julianne Kelly –who then celebrated her birthday by scoring three goals herself, including one on a nifty backhand shot. Sophomore Korinne Wills, who was also celebrating her birthday, also scored a goal.
Graig scored twice, once after some tricky stick handling to get a clear shot on the Penguins’ goal. Mason’s final two goals were scored by junior Ashley Smith, who pressured the Penguins’ goal all game and by Gaskins on a very nice move to get past the Penguins’ defense.
The varsity field hockey team will get a few days of rest before a rematch at home against a tough Patriot High School team on next Tuesday, Oct. 14. It will be the team’s senior night game, which will recognize the team’s five seniors: Emma Graig, Anna Hennessey, Caroline Jarrard, Angelika Johns and Eleanor Langford.