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Yorktown off to fast start
Yorktown goalie Mason Pollack has accomplished plenty in 58 games and 2,500-plus minutes between the pipes.
But the senior was nowhere near his own net in what might’ve been his most memorable Patriots moment.
The play happened in the fourth quarter of the March 15 season-opener against Chantilly, with Yorktown trailing 9-6. Pollack scooped up the ball, sprinted to the outside and then kept on running until nine seconds and 70 yards later, when he bounced a shot into the net for his first varsity goal.
Pollack, a Tufts commit, has been making plays for the Patriots since eighth grade when he played for the junior varsity team. Most of the time he’s done so by stopping shots, not taking them. The 6-foot goalie has registered 40 wins and 535 saves, approaching Yorktown’s all-time record of 568 set by Andrew Jaffke in 2004.
He also has a perfect shooting percentage. Rarely does Pollack cross midfield, let alone fire a shot, but when he saw the opportunity against Chantilly, he couldn’t resist. His goal triggered a fourth-quarter comeback that resulted in a 10-9 Yorktown victory.
“I felt a little urgency to run out of the goal and get the ground ball because we were down, but I didn’t necessarily feel the urgency to score,” Pollack said. “None of the defenders picked me up, I had nothing to do but shoot.”
Pollack and fourth-year starter Conor Shears (Bucknell commit) anchor a defense that’s turned Yorktown into a perennial contender in the Virginia Conference 6. The Patriots (2-1) kicked off this season with one-goal wins against Chantilly and Langley — a 9-8 game decided on a double-overtime goal from Paul VI transfer C.J. Stowell (St. Joseph’s) — before losing to defending state champion Robinson, 7-3, on March 19.
“We’re focused on winning championships,” Shears said. “We haven’t won a championship the whole time I’ve been there, so that’s what we’re focused on.”