On Tuesday, George Mason defender Peter Dittmar earned his 17th assist of the season in the Mustangs' 2-1 victory over rival Clarke County. The assist made Dittmar the single-season record holder at the small Falls Church school.
But Dittmar's mark is a bit different than most -- in that the majority of his assists come on throw-ins. Any time the Mustangs earn a throw-in in their offensive third of the field, Coach Art Iwanicki brings his four-year starter forward, and Dittmar heaves the ball toward the center of the field and the opposing team's goal.
Although Dittmar is making noise with his prodigious throw-ins (he has thrown the ball 45 to 50 yards), he brings much more to his team.
"Peter has a hold of the total package," Iwanicki said. "He has the skills, attitude, motivation and leadership."
"He is the most intense competitor I've ever been around," Mustangs assistant coach Frank Spinello said. "It [his intensity] spreads throughout the whole team."
For every one of Dittmar's throw-ins, a pair of 6-foot-5 forwards is waiting for the ball on the other side, forwards Peter Hamill and Josiah Larson.
The duo is so adept at winning balls out of the air and putting them into the back of the net that they have 25 goals this spring -- almost half of the Mustangs' 51-goal total.
With their victory over Clarke County on Tuesday, the Mustangs are in a strong position to lock up the top seed in the Virginia A Bull Run District tournament, which begins next week.
They travel to Madison County tonight before wrapping up the regular season at Rappahannock County next Tuesday.