The Mason Crew Club participated in the annual Occoquan Challenge on Sunday at Sandy Run Regional Park. The Mason 8+ attempted to defend its title against Georgetown's Varsity squad, but came up short. Georgetown decided to enter their slower boat first and their faster boat second which caught the Mason team off-guard. Teams will typically race their faster boats first and slower boats later. Regardless of the outcome, it was a great day of racing for all boats! The varsity 4 took second place in their race, finishing just .46 seconds behind Georgetown.
Mason traveled to Baltimore, MD on Saturday to take part in round-robin play against conference rivals George Washington and UMBC. The club trailed 1-0 in the first half, but was able to score 3 unanswered goals to secure the 3-1 win against GW. Janah Aman, Katy Wildeus, and Micayla Hellerstedt would all contribute goals for Mason in the win. This was a big win for Mason and is the first time the club has secured a win against GW in several years.
Mason would once again come out slow and be forced to play from behind in game-2. Trailing 2-0, Beth Giambra would score via a PK to bring Mason within 1. With momentum changing quickly, Olivia Arriza would tie the game 2-2 late in the second half. UMBC was able to hold off the late push by Mason and secure the 2-2 tie in conference play.
"Everyone has a DESIRE to win, but only CHAMPIONS have the desire 2 PREPARE." -#teamfearless