Mason Field Hockey Teams Off to a Strong Start

Mason sophomore midfielder Meredith Johnson chases down a ball during the Mustangs' Sept. 2 defeat of Kettle Run High School. (Photo: Carol Sly)
Mason sophomore midfielder Meredith Johnson chases down a ball during the Mustangs’ Sept. 2 defeat of Kettle Run High School. (Photo: Carol Sly)

The 2015-16 field hockey season has begun for George Mason High School. The varsity team currently sits at a record of 4-1 for the season, its latest win coming in a 5-0 defeat of Flint Hill on Thursday, Sept. 10, while the junior varsity team is at 4-0.

Heat was a contributor in the varsity’s first loss of the season to Foxcroft. The Mustang defensive squad led by Caroline Stricker, Manon Diz, and Maeve Donnelly played an outstanding game holding the powerful Foxcroft team to three goals. The varsity girls came out ready to play the next night against a strong Kettle Run team, and when the horn sounded, they had posted their first win of the season 3-0.

The Mustangs followed up by traveling to Virginia Beach to face the Hampton Crabbers and Bayside Marlins in a mid-day double header. The spectacular day started hot, both in temperature and play, when the Lady Mustangs took on the Crabbers. Playing away from home on a grass field for the second time this season, the Mustangs started slow but quickly found their footing and posted a 3-1 against the Hampton squad.

The Mustangs took a short break then returned to the field to face the hometown Marlins. This time the varsity were firing on all cylinders both in offense and defense, and with the Killers song “Human” in their heads, cruised to a resounding 5-0 win. The entire team played as a strong unit implementing Coach Amanda Crider’s game plan with a variety of players contributing with goals and strong defensive play. Caroline Duffett and Hannah Hiscott were outstanding in goal for both games.

The latest victories for the junior varsity came in defeats of Woodrow Wilson High School and Flint Hill. The Lady Mustangs beat the Wilson Tigers 1-0 and defeated Flint Hill 3-0. The junior varsity team posted their first win of the season against rival Foxcroft 3-0, and then turned around the next night with a resounding defeat of Kettle Run 5-0. Goal scorers in the Kettle Run game were led by Celine Diz with three, the junior varsity defense also played well in the victories.

Both the varsity and junior varsity field hockey teams are scheduled to play Patriot High School on Wednesday night.

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