By Jeffrey Wojtala
The George Mason High School girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse teams traveled to Arlington Tuesday for a twilight doubleheader against Washington-Lee High School.
The JV team led off the evening but ran into a strong Washington-Lee team. When the final horn sounded the Mustangs found themselves on the wrong side of a 10-5 loss. The defeat brought their record to 3-2-1.
The varsity team was eager to play to avenge its first loss of the season last night in the rain. Mason started strong, winning the draw, and Lizzie Dodge scored on a crease roll 22 seconds into the game. After that it was all Mason in the first half. The team won 12 draws to the Generals’ three.
Washington-Lee did not get the ball past the Mason 40-yard line until halfway through the first half and only managed a handful of shots on Mason goaltender Annette Schlitt. As the horn sounded to signal the end of the first half, Mason led 15-0. Goals in the first half were scored by Lizzie Dodge (2); Amy Roche (5), with helpers from Selwyn Heminway and Olivia Cipriano; Sarah Lubnow (3) with an assist from Roche; Selwyn Heminway (2); Maeve Donnelly (1); and Hannah Hiscott (2), with assists by Lubnow and Roche.
The second half play began slower, with Mason coach Courtney Gibbons still freely rotating her players in and out of play.
Lubnow scored at the 21:40 mark with an assist from Roche. Alex Biggs scored her first of the night on a free possession at 16:08. Lydia Gorman put one past the Generals goalie at 9:20 and senior Anna DuBro scored on a penalty possession at 6:44 to finish the Mason scoring.
The Mason players worked hard to preserve the shutout for Schlitt, but a missed pass gave the Generals the ball deep in the Mason end and at 3:53 they finally got one in the net. Mason finished the game with 19 goals and 16 draw wins, holding Washington-Lee to one goal and five draw wins.
The win brings the varsity’s record to 5-1 on the young season. Both Mason teams travel across I-66 to play the Bishop O’Connell Knights this Friday afternoon, Apr. 7.
The varsity team starts at 4:30 p.m. and the JV squad will finish the night.