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The beginning and the end?

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For the first time ever in George Mason history, there was a winter hockey team during the 2010 winter season. During the first game of the season at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA, students, teachers, and parents came out to see the start of the newest winter sport for Mason. The team was finalized thanks to senior Eddy Marshall stepping up to play goalie, a position he had never played before.

With the setback of being a new team, Mason was still able to win three out of ten games against other top hockey teams in the area. Of the six players that played on the combined team with Oakton High School, the top two point leaders came from George Mason; junior Hans Olson had the most points on the team with six goals and six assists. Some of these assists came to freshman Hunter Olson, who led the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists.

The current task on hand for the Mason team is to have their own team instead of collaborating with another high school. The problem is that although the interest for hockey is huge, it is a difficult sport to play. First, a player must learn how to skate, which poses the hardest challenge for new players; learning how to play the game is the second task. The team is always looking for interested students no matter what experience they have. The Mason team has enrolled in a spring hockey league at Kettler in order to have fun and for new players to get a taste of hockey.

The spring league is a great place for new hockey players to get a grasp of the game. It is not as intense at the winter season and the focus is on getting the most time on the ice. There are very few practices and most of the time is spent playing other local teams in the area. None of these teams are composed of exclusively travel players, instead the players are simply students that are hoping to continue playing hockey; these teams could, like Mason’s team, be comprised of many first time players.

Without Stan Fendley, father of freshman Adam Fendley, the hockey team would still be a dream and this article would never have been written. He managed the league by himself and sent many emails to other high schools in search of combining teams, although most were turned down. Fendley came to many stick and shoots to work with Marshall even on weeknights, and was persistent in making this team a reality.  He is always happy to have new players, so if you are interested in playing in this league, please talk to any of the players on the hockey team or email Fendley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Mason Track and Field Sprints Into Post-Season

Mason Track and Field Sprints Into Post-Season

By Tara Holman and Ziggy Thetard

Surpassing previous accomplishments, George Mason Track and Field begins post-season with more athletes participating in post-season meets than in past seasons. Many improvements have been made over the past few weeks as athletes have pushed themselves both mentally and physically.

Concerning George Mason’s 2013-2014 Track and Field season, Head Coach Alisa Harvey states “Both the Girls and the Boys Teams have made steady individual improvements throughout the season.  Steady improvements are a track coaches dream!... I think the biggest contributor to the Team's success this year has been the discovery of each individual's best suited events.”

Harvey highlights Freshmen Jacob Plata and Elizabeth Ward, Sophomore Isabelle Kessler,  and Senior Preston Custer as making significant improvements this season. As a new member of Mason’s Track and Field team, Plata has improved tremendously, expanding his events to not only the 400m, but also the 100m, 200m and 800m. Plata is also a valued member of the state qualifying 4x400m relay. Ward exceeded expectations when she ran the 1600m for the first time, qualifying for regionals in addition to qualifying ...


Lady Mustangs’ soccer team face district rivals: Clarke County

By Melissa Johnson  

The Lady Mustangs have faced Clarke County as a challenge every year and now they have the chance to beat Clarke at home for the first time since the 2012 season. On the hunt for their seventh consecutive state championship the Mustangs will face their rivals on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.  General admission is $5 per person.

This is the second time facing their rivals this 2014 season. In the first game against Clarke County, the Mustangs swept Clarke with a 5-1 win at Clarke. The second game is sure to be a competitive game with both teams fighting for the win in the game. After the first loss, Clarke is out for a rematch.

“I think Clarke was definitely not satisfied about last game’s result, so I expect them to come out hard and ready to fight,” said senior captain and forward/midfielder Claire Trevisan. “It will be crucial to make sure we are the one’s who dictate the game in order to have successful result.”

The Mustangs are halfway through the regular season, and have started out strong with an undefeated record, with 61 goals for, and only four goals against. While the Mustangs have come off with a strong first half of the season, the Mustangs are wor...


Girls and boys soccer start season off with a bang

Girls and boys soccer start season off with a bang

By Paul Darmstadter 

Both the girls and boys varsity soccer teams have started their seasons off undefeated and full of confidence.  Each team has played only three games; two games against Strasburg and Clarke County were postponed due to snow on the field, against Warren County, Madison County, and William Monroe.  Both teams are either leading or tied for the lead in the Bull Run District standings.

The boys team has shut out all their opponents and are leading the Bull Run District in scoring with 20 goals in three games.  Their leading goal scorer is Raheem Lawal, with six goals.  The team defeated Warren County 4-0, and mercy ruled Madison County and William Monroe 8-0 at home. 

“I am happy with the way we started the started the season,” said Kavon Nowroozi, junior.  “I think we have overwhelmed all our opponents with our dominating possession and quick counterattacks.  We are good defensively because we put constant pressure on the other team, causing them to make mistakes and we have a very clinical attack.”

The team hopes to break the school records for most shutouts in a season (18) and most goals in a season (104) as well and win another...


The Lasso Spring Sports Previews: Coaches

 The Lasso Spring Sports Previews: Coaches The Lasso gives you everything you need to know about spring sports at Mason in 2014. Learn about the 5 new coaches that will be working with the Spring teams here. Be sure to come back often to keep updated on the progress of the different teams for the rest of the season. Related Article: The Lasso Spring Sports Previews Read more...


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