LACROSSE: U13 Boys Improve in 2nd Season at ‘A’ Level

May 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

May 1, 2010

The Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club’s Boys U13 A team started its second season with a win of 3-2 against Herndon. The team played a solid, hard fought game for its opener against an experienced Herndon zone defense. Goalie Dan Dusenberry made many great saves. The Falls Church defense stayed in position and didn’t give up any easy shots. Offensively, Falls Church handled the ball well and showed patience against a tightly packed Herndon defense. Eriksen Johansen scored 2 and Sean Fitzgerald scored 1.

Since then the team has suffered another couple of losses, to Algonkian 3 to 5, and then to Manassas Battlefield 3 to 7. Scores were contributed by Fitzgerald, Jackson Cogar, Miles Cobb, and Johansen.

Against Annandale last Saturday, Falls Church lost by a score of 3 to 10. Cogar, Fitzgerald, and Brandon Ward each scored. Despite the lopsided score, the team didn’t give up and played a spirited, fun game with Annandale. Head Coach Dave Cogar summed it up optimistically, “We hope to keep building on these experiences and our energetic practices to grow as a team.”

This is only the team’s second year playing the in the A level and it is the first Falls Church U13 Boys team to ever play in the A level. In previous years, Falls Church never had enough players to field two teams at U13. But, after winning the U11B championship in 2008, the players and coaches decided to give it a shot. Last year, their first year at the A level, the team struggled and went 0-8-1. So this season the team hopes to improve that record and is already on its way with a current record of 1 win and 3 losses.

The Mustang U13A team next travels to Clifton to take on Braddock Road U13A on Sunday.

Falls Church center Sean Fitzgerald (left) faces off against Herndon.

GMHS Girls Lacrosse Beat Washington-Lee for 8-0 Record

April 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

April 25, 2010

Mason High Varsity Girls Lacrosse defeated Washington-Lee Generals 13-5 last Wednesday, upping their undefeated record to 8.

The Lady Mustangs struggled a bit in the first half as the Generals started the game fast with a motion-type offense, during which the score was often tied, and the first half ended with the score at 5-4 in favor of the Mustangs.

In the second half, the Mustangs increased their lead by wearing the Generals down in the midfield and working to improve their offensive passing game – and, to the credit of the defense and the goalie, by allowing only one goal to be scored by the Generals in the second half.  While the Generals double and triple-teamed Abby Johansen and Gwen Edwards, the resilient Mustang offense adjusted by passing to the open players.

There were numerous assists resulting from the cooperative offense, including assists by Gwen Edwards, Amanda Rolander, Taylor Bottock, Abby Johansen, and Christina Perez.  Senior midfielder Courtney Ready scored 5 goals, senior center Gwen Edwards scored 4, junior defender/midfielder Abby Johansen scored 3, and senior attack Christina Perez scored 1.

Defensively, Grace Kuipers led in ground balls with 6, and the Mustangs were able to keep the General’s scoring low with Chelsea Wilkes and Chantal Thomas outracing their opponents on fast breaks; and with Katrina Snyder and Abby Johansen getting a stick in to tip shots away from the cage.  Senior goalie Meghan Powell saw lots of action in the cage making 12 saves to tie her personal best so far this season.

The Mustangs travel to Loudoun County High School April 26 to play the Loudoun County Raiders.

Winning over Freedom, GMHS Girls Lax Undefeated at 7

April 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

GMHS Mustang senior attack Taylor Bottock (#1) carries the ball through the midfield while guarded by Freedom junior midfielder Megan Gluck (#12). Photo courtesy Jane Johansen.

By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

On Monday, April 19, the George Mason High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team won a hard fought game against the Freedom High School Eagles, by a score of 12 to 8; and with that win, they have brought their undefeated record to 7. At half time the score was Mason 6 to Freedom 3. In the second half, the Eagles began an offensive rally to try to close the gap. But that was to no avail as the Mason Mustangs made adjustments on defense and continued to answer with scores of their own. Senior center Gwen Edwards scored 4 goals, junior defender/midfielder Abby Johansen and sophomore attack Abby Perez scored 2 each, and Taylor Bottock, Grace Kuipers, Courtney Ready, and Chelsea Wilkes scored 1 each. Senior goalie Meghan Powell saw lots of action in the cage with the Eagles taking over 20 shots on goal, and she made 11 saves.

The Mustangs next play the Washington-Lee Generals at home on Wednesday the 21st, then travel to Loudoun County High School on Monday the 26th (moved from Thursday to Monday) to play the Loudoun County Raiders.

GMHS Girls Lacrosse Ups Undefeated Record to 6 Wins

April 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

April 19, 2010

The George Mason High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team preserved their undefeated record, increasing it to 6 wins by shutting out the Park View Patriots 18-0 last Thursday.

Junior attack Amanda Rolander tallied the first goal of the game just 58 seconds in. With the score at the half at 12-0, the George Mason Lady Mustangs were able to give lots of playing time to the bench, rotating in all players numerous times. Senior goalie Meghan Powell completed 5 saves in the first half, but saw no further action the remainder of the game as the Mustang defense allowed no other shots on goal from the Patriots.  Junior midfielder Abby Johansen led the Mustang scoring with 4 goals, followed by senior center Gwen Edwards with 3, Taylor Bottock, Kelly Ready, and Rolander with 2 goals each, and Michelle DeMars, Grace Kuipers, Christina Perez, Courtney Ready , and Chantal Thomas with a goal each.

The Lady Mustangs play the Freedom High School Eagles today at 6 p.m.

GMHS Girls Lacrosse Defeats West Potomac High

April 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

April 18, 2010

Mustang junior midfielder Vanessa Mann (#9) guards a West Potomac player (#12).

The George Mason High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team preserved their undefeated record, increasing it to 5 wins by besting the AAA West Potomac High School Wolverines on Monday, April 12th.

The George Mason Lady Mustangs initially trailed while the Wolverines scored two early goals in the first few minutes of the game. But after Head Coach Courtney Gibbons called a time out, the Mustangs caught up to tie it at 2 to 2. The Mustangs led for the rest of the game, with the score at the half at 9 to 4.

In the second half, the Mustangs kept scoring, increasing their lead at one point by 6 with a score of 14 to 8. The Wolverines began to rally, coming within 4 goals late in the game, but the Mustangs continued to prevail and the final score was 16 to 11 in favor of the Mustangs.

Senior goalie Meghan Powell completed 12 saves, a personal best for her so far this season.

A total of 9 Mustangs scored. Junior midfielder Abby Johansen led the Mustang scoring with 4 goals, followed by Taylor Bottock, Gwen Edwards, Courtney Ready and Amanda Rolander with 2 goals each; and Grace Kuipers, Vanessa Mann, Abby Perez and Christina Perez with a goal each. Senior defender Chelsea Wilkes won 7 ground balls, followed by Bottock and Edwards with 6 each, and Johansen with 5. The game seemed fraught with penalties, including 2 yellow cards for the Mustangs and 1 for the Wolverines; as well as a couple of “offside” calls going against the Wolverines.

Undefeated GMHS Girls Lacrosse Bests Broad Run 12 to 11

April 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Midfielders await the draw play by centers Gwen Edwards (far left) of GMHS and Mary Durham (#12) of Broad Run, while sky shows a coming storm

By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

April 12, 2010

The George Mason High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team defeated last year’s Dulles District Champions, the Broad Run High School Spartans, on Thursday, April 8, bringing the Lady Mustang’s record this season to 4 wins and no losses.  The Lady Mustangs trailed the AA Spartans at the half with a score of 4 to 6.

After a requisite storm delay at the end of the first half due to a downpour and a bit of thunder, the teams re-commenced play with both offensive squads doggedly battling to score.

For most of the second half Broad Run held the lead, with the Mustangs behind by three goals at one point.  Late in the second half, the Mustangs gained momentum to tie it at 10 goals each, only to have the Spartans score again to take the lead with 11.  However, in the final three minutes of the game, the Mustangs rallied yet again to tie it at 11 each, and then junior midfielder Abby Johansen fired in a free position shot making it Mustangs 12 to the Spartans’ 11.

As the final seconds clicked off the score board, Broad Run was not giving up and attempted to rush toward scoring territory, but the George Mason defense and midfield was able to contain the play, with the Mason bench cheering jubilantly to celebrate their victory over the team that bested them last year in both regular season and district playoffs.

Senior goalie Meghan Powell completed 10 crucial saves.  Senior center Gwen Edwards led the Mustang scoring with 6 goals, followed by Johansen with 4, and senior defender Chelsea Wilkes and junior attack Amanda Rolander with one each.  Johansen muscled 7 ground balls; and Edwards and Wilkes each made key pass interceptions.

George Mason Girls Lacrosse Defeats South Lakes

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By JANE JOHANSEN
Falls Church Times Staff

March 30, 2010

Bringing their early season record to 3 wins and no losses, the George Mason High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team prevailed over South Lakes High School on Wednesday, March 24th.

In their last game before spring break, the Mustangs led the AAA South Lakes Seahawks at the half with a score of 14 to 5, and were able to bring many from the bench in the second half, finishing with a score of 19 to 8.

With South Lakes taking 19 shots on goal, senior goalie Meghan Powell saw lots of action and made 9 saves.  Junior midfielder Abby Johansen led the Mustang scoring with 7 goals, followed by senior attack Taylor Bottock with 5, senior midfielder Gwen Edwards with 4, and a goal apiece by Grace Kuipers, Abby Perez, and Christina Perez.

Senior defender Chelsea Wilkes and Edwards each had 4 ground balls, followed by Johansen with 3.   Edwards and Wilkes also performed well at the center circle, effecting 5 draw controls each.  Finally, in the second half, George Mason was able to flex its defensive skills, with senior defender Katrina Snyder along with Abby Perez making interceptions.

Mason next plays after spring break at home on April 5th against Eastern View at 7:15, and then on April 8th at 7:15 p.m.  in a much anticipated game hosting last year’s Dulles District Champions, the Broad Run Spartans.