By Jeffrey Wojtala
The George Mason High School Girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse teams just don’t want to lose to open the season.
Sure, it may be early, but both teams are undefeated as the calendar turns to April.
The JV squad (2-0-1) tied Yorktown High School 7-7 last Thursday before defeating their rivals from Tuscarora High School on Friday night, 12-1, and Loudoun Valley High School, 9-5, on Tuesday.
The varsity team (3-0) began the season with three solid wins, beginning with a hard-fought victory versus the 6A North Conference Yorktown Patriots, 21-16. The affair was predicted to be a battle on both sides and the hype did not disappoint the opening night fans.
After a fast start by Patriots’ midfielder Laura Crawford (five quick goals) and a number of unforced errors and missed shots by Mason, the Mustangs found themselves down 6-0 just 15 minutes into the first half.
Soon Mason began to find their footing on the field, and at the 14:04 mark, junior attack Meredith Johnson scored with an assist from junior Claire Hiscott. Mason then went on to score the next three to make it a 6-4 game.
Yorktown got four more past junior goalie Annette Schlitt, before Mason went on a seven-goal run of its own. Junior Lizzie Dodge and senior Sarah Lubnow each scored two goals while sophomore attack Alex Biggs, Amy Roche and Claire Hiscott each notched goals to cap the run.
Yorktown scored as time elapsed in the first half to make it an 11-11 game.
The second half began with both teams pushing the ball into each other’s half but it wasn’t until the 21:32 mark that Yorktown scored to break the tie. Lizzie Dodge scored her third 16 seconds later and Lubnow followed with a score almost three minutes later. Yorktown would go on to score three more, but Mason put its foot on the accelerator and with two more goals by Dodge, four by Lubnow, and one score each from Roche and Hiscott.
Friday’s varsity game against the 5A North Tuscarora Titans started with Mason jumping out to a fast seven goal lead, and the team cruised to a 17-4 win.
Because of the strong early lead, Mason coach Courtney Gibbons took advantage of her deep bench and played her reserves, allowing the starters a well-deserved rest. At the half Mason led 10-2.
The second half found both teams playing more conservatively. The Titans defense began to smother the advances by Mason, but Mason ended up scoring another seven goals in the half against Tuscarora’s two. Mason goals were scored by Lubnow (2), Meredith Johnson, senior attack Maeve Donnelly, sophomore attack Grace Akins, Claire Hiscott and her sister, senior attack Hannah Hiscott.
Tuesday night against Loudoun County, Mason played through the rain and defeated the Vikings 20-5.
Both Mason teams are home against Riverside High School on Monday night, Apr. 3.