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Mason Tromps the Rams

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The Lady Mustangs didn’t know what to expect when they walked onto the MEH court last night to play the Strasburg Rams. Mason’s record was 10-4 and they were ranked number seven in the region while Strasburg was 11-2 and ranked ahead of them at number four.

The game got off to quick start, Stasburg’s #42, Smoot, began the game with a quick three pointer right off the bat.  Almost immediately, junior Nicole Mitchell retaliated with an equally beautiful three. The energy of the game became palpable immediately and each team pushed the other team’s man-to-man offense almost to the limit. Not soon after, still in the first quarter, Strasburg coach Joel Morgan received a technical after a questionable call.

The game remained fast paced throughout the half, where the Mustangs held the Rams to a mere seven points which was measly compared to Mason’s 29. After the half, the Rams insisted on playing man to man defense and continued to get beat to the basket. The Mustangs had an outstanding offensive game; freshman Lauren Kane scored 14 points along with four steals, freshman Bria Platenburg scored 10, Nicole Mitchell had 12 points and three assists, junior Chantal Thomas had seven points and three assists, and senior Kim Kenny had seven points and seven rebounds. Seniors Abby Stroup and Mayssa Chehata chipped in with a combined six points.

Not only was the Mustang offense on target, their defense was as well. The Rams only scored two points in the second quarter, both of which came from free-throws. Not only that, but Strasburg all-star seniors Ayers and Smoot were kept to six points each.

By the end of the third quarter, Stasburg’s Ayers had four fouls and the Mustangs were leading by 25 points. Mustangs Coach LaBryan Thomas began to sub in second and third string players and the morale of the Strasburg Rams was waning. The Mustangs finished strong with a 56-22 finish.

“Great teamwork all around. Everyone played their hearts out!” exclaimed tired out freshman, Lauren Kane.

“Everyone played with intensity the whole game, we played with heart,” agreed freshman Bria Platenburg.

“The team did very well overall; this was a great win for the Mustangs,” said Mason Coach Thomas. “Stasburg’s a good team, we just caught them on an off night.”

With a big win such as this, what could be in store for the team? “We gotta stay focused, we’re at the top of the pack!” said Coach Thomas.


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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