by Jeffrey Wojtala – Special to the News-Press
On Thursday, March 17 the George Mason High School girls lacrosse teams traveled to Leesburg for contests against the Tuscarora High School Huskies and the Mustangs’ varsity team came away with a huge 21-8 win. The team now stands at 2-0 on the early season. Play started with both teams playing tentatively looking for the first goal. George Mason broke the lull at the 3 minute mark with a goal by sophomore Amy Roche and sophomore Claire Hiscott followed two minutes later to put the Mustangs up by two.
After a goal by Tuscarora at the 16:33 mark of the first half the Mason girls began their attack in earnest with goals from Roche, sophomore Elizabeth Dodge, junior Hannah Hiscott, Claire Hiscott, junior Sarah Lubnow, freshman Alex Biggs and freshman Harmony Lajeunesse. Assists on goals were registered by Roche, Dodge, Lajeunesse and Lubnow. At half time the score was 11-4 for the Mustangs.
The second half began with the Huskies winning the draw and scoring 11 seconds into the half. Not to be undaunted, Roche responded with a goal 18 seconds later at the 24:31 mark. After Roche’s goal it was once again all Mason with additional goals in the second half by Lubnow, Roche, sophomore Meredith Johnson, Hannah Hiscott, Claire Hiscott, junior Maeve Donnelly and junior Lydia Gorman. Assists were registered by Hannah Hiscott, Lubnow, Claire Hiscott, Roche and sophomore Lydia Grund.
With the Mason lead, head coach Courtney Gibbons took advantage of being able to play her entire squad allowing her starters to rest most of the second half. With strong play from the reserves, both on the offense and defensive side of the ball, and sophomore goaltender Annette Schlitt playing well, the second win of the young season was preserved.
The cool early spring evening presented a perfect night for the matches which began with the junior varsity team winning by a score of 11-4. Coach Erica Piscitelli had her team well prepared for the game and eighth grader Bea Bair played strong in goal for the win. The junior varsity record now stands at 1-1 in the early season.
Both teams are now on spring break until resuming play, at home, on Monday, March 28 when they face Washington-Lee High School.