by Jeffrey Wojtala – Special to the News-Press
On Tuesday, George Mason High School’s varsity girls lacrosse team defeated Western Albemarle High School 12-7 and are headed to the Virginia High School League’s 4A state championship match, where they will face Woodgrove High School for the fourth time this season.
As the game began it did not appear the three-hour drive had affected play as Mason won the opening draw and took the ball down the field. Mason’s first scoring chance was rejected and the Western Albemarle Warriors took the ball back down the field and scored.
On the ensuing draw, Mason once again took control and Claire Hiscott scored 37 seconds later. The Warriors scored again and with 21:29 left in the half it was 2-1 for Western Ablemarle. The Mustangs, though, would not be held in check for long and Amy Roche scored at the 16:26 minute mark, Sarah Lubnow joined Roche by scoring 18 seconds later to give Mason a lead they would not relinquish.
Later, Hannah Hiscott scored on an assist from her sister Claire at 11:42 and Mason was on the move. Lubnow scored her second of the night three minutes later; the Warriors responded, but Selwyn Heminway scored 1:38 later to bring the score 6-3 Mason. The Warriors would score once more before the end of the half, but Lubnow responded with her second at the 1:33 mark and the half ended 7-4 Mason.
The second half began and the Mason girls continued their ball control against the Warriors. Lubnow scored her third goal of the night assisted by Roche at the 21:15 mark. Roche scored her second 1:10 later to increase the Mason lead to five, which is the closest the score was for the rest of the match.
The Mustangs will face Woodgrove in Lynchburg on Saturday, June 11 for the Virginia High School League’s 4A varsity girls lacrosse state crown.