Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey Gets Closer to First Win

By Falls Church Times Staff
Sept. 18, 2013

We knew there would be growing pains during the inaugural season for George Mason’s varsity field hockey team. Playing against more experienced teams was expected to be a challenge, and that proved true as the girls lost their first four games.

But they provided fans some excitement at Monday’s home game and moved closer to a victory at the same time, tying the score 1-1 with less than a minute to play on a powerful shot by sophomore midfielder Caroline Stricker.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs succumbed in overtime to Arlington’s Wakefield High School Warriors, 2-1.

Earlier, the Mustangs’ junior varsity team beat Wakefield, 2-1, with Lydia Gorman scoring both goals for Mason. That improved the JV’s record to 2-2, with one tie.

Mason Girls Open Home Field Hockey Era Tonight

By Laurie and Ian Graig
Special to the Falls Church Times
Sept. 5, 2013

The George Mason High School girls field hockey team plays its second ever game and first home game tonight.

The Mustangs face the Pioneers of Patriot High School, with the junior varsity game kicking off the action at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30. Come cheer for the newest addition to the GMHS Fall Athletic Lineup!

Mason just added the field hockey program this year; the team is being coached by former University of Virginia field hockey goalie Amanda Crider.

The team opened their inaugural season Tuesday with a loss by the varsity to Bishop O’Connell High School, 6-1. They fell behind 3-0 in the opening five minutes. The first goal scored by the team belongs to Callie Gaskins, with an assist from Caroline Striker, who provided a well-placed pass to set it up.

The JV team tied O’Connell, 1-1, with a goal from Mason’s Gabe Brown.

Girls Field Hockey Joins GMHS Fall Athletic Lineup

By Laurie and Ian Graig
Special to the Falls Church Times
August 27, 2013

September 3 will mark not only the opening of a new school year in Falls Church City, but also the beginning of a new chapter in George Mason High School sports.

For the first time, Mason will boast both Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls Field Hockey teams this fall — after two years of the game as a club sport.

The varsity team will have a top quality former player as their coach: University of Virginia graduate Amanda Crider, who was goalie for two squads that reached the national semifinals.

Kaitlyn Jones, a former high school field hockey player and current Mt. Daniel teacher, will lead the JV team.

A high level of interest in the new sport is apparent in the strong turnout. Mason will be able to fill two full squads, with a total of 42 players on Varsity and JV (including several eighth graders).

Coach Crider says that she is thrilled to have the chance to “work with such a driven group of young ladies and be a part of such a supportive community.”

The Mustangs’ preseason provided solid preparation for the upcoming season in the form of scrimmages against two AAA schools: the Wolverines of West Potomac High School on August 20, and the Jaguars of Falls Church High School on August 22. The Varsity and JV teams both performed well against these larger schools, which also have more established field hockey programs.

The Mustangs’ first game of their inaugural season is an away game against Bishop O’Connell High School September 3, with Varsity playing at 4 p.m. followed by JV at 5:30 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and cheer the Mustangs on as they face Patriot High School in the first home field hockey games ever played at GMHS on September 5. The action begins with the JV game at 6 p.m. followed by Varsity at 7:30 p.m. at GMHS Moore Cadillac Stadium.

The Mustangs’ complete Fall 2013 Field Hockey game schedule can be viewed at:

Mustang Field Hockey: On a Roll


October 23, 2012

The 2-year-old Mustang field hockey team, with a record of 4-3-1, has stepped it up in the past few weeks, winning their last three games in a row.

The girls played Brookewood High School on Wednesday, October 17th, winning 1-0. The Mustangs played a solid game, with multiple shots on goal and quick clears defensively. The winning shot, scored by freshman Caroline Stricker, was only the first of her many goals to follow.

At their home game on Friday, October 19th, the girls took on Briarwoods High School. It was a close game, tied 1-1 (goal scored by Stricker) at the end of the second half. The game went into a twelve-minute overtime, with only 7 players from each team on the field playing to the first goal scored.

The Mustangs’ perseverance was key to their success; the winning goal was scored by Stricker to end the game.

“Out of all nights to win, I think this night meant much more to me because it was “Senior Night” and everyone, especially the seniors, wanted it so badly… our hard work really showed off,” said senior Isabella Dod.

Catch the girls in action at their last home game on tonight (Tuesday, October 23) against Woodrow Wilson High School.


Mason Field Hockey Game This Friday

October 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

October 18, 2012

Come see MASON FIELD HOCKEY in action this Friday when the JV team plays Briar Woods Team B at 6:30 PM and Varsity meets Briar Woods Team A  at 7:45 PM. Friday is also “Senior Night” when the seven seniors and their contributions to building the field hockey program will be recognized during the pregame announcements.

GAME SUMMARY: Mustang Field Hockey triumphs 2-0 over Potomac
By Allie Plata

On Saturday, October 13, the Mason varsity field hockey team traveled to Leesburg to play one of the many Potomac Field Hockey teams. The girls came out and pushed Potomac’s defense to the limit by moving the ball with accuracy and precision offensively. Sophomore Emma Graig scored the Mustang’s first goal of the game, keeping the momentum high. Senior Rachel Pugh, leading scorer on the varsity team, scored a second goal for the Mustangs, securing a win. “Scoring a goal is such a great feeling! Especially hearing it slap the backstop on the goal… I love it!” said Pugh.



FRIDAY, 9/28: First Home Game for Mason Field Hockey Club

Field hockey has taken off in Falls Church!  In its second year, the George Mason High School Field Hockey Club has expanded to 40 girls and more than doubled the number of games. The club fields both varsity and junior varsity teams under new head coach Anne Steenhoek.  Assistant coaches are Elizabeth Garner, Kristen Terry, Briana Solomita, Mary Lancaster and Gussie Reilly.  The teams practice three times a week on the GMHS turf field. 

As the result of impressive fundraising efforts, the club has been able to purchase uniforms and goalie equipment. The teams will compete against teams in the Loudoun County-based Potomac Field Hockey Club. In addition, the club has games or scrimmages scheduled with several local public and private schools (McLean HS, Yorktown HS, The Potomac School, Madeira, Bishop O’Connell HS). 

George Mason will have its first home games at Moore Cadillac Stadium this Friday night September 28 against teams from Potomac Field Hockey Club.  The JV game will begin at 6:30pm and the varsity game will begin at 7:45pm.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted as the club does not receive school funding.

THURSDAY, 9/13: Field Hockey Fundraiser at Flippin Pizza

The GMHS Girls Field Hockey team will hold a fundraiser at Flippin Pizza Thursday, September 13 from 4-9pm to help buy new uniforms for the 40 girls now on its roster.  Flippin Pizza will donate 50% of proceeds from sales to patrons presenting the fundraising flyer.

SATURDAY, 6/23: Mustang Field Hockey Fundraiser at Chaisin’ Tails

June 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on SATURDAY, 6/23: Mustang Field Hockey Fundraiser at Chaisin’ Tails 

Support the Lady Mustangs Field Hockey team Saturday June 23, 12 noon to 4pm at Chaisin’ Tails Restaurant, 2200 North Westmoreland Street.   As you enjoy the great food, you also will enjoy the United States vs. Argentina field hockey game on TV – one of the top international matches of the season.

Chasin’ Tails, one of the hottest new restaurants in the area, will generously donate a percentage of proceeds to our GMHS Girls Field Hockey team.  Please come to watch top-notch international field hockey and enjoy delicious food in support of our Lady Mustangs!  We look forward to seeing you there!!

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