In the season finale against the Lions, Dylan DuBeau scored the lone goal with less than 10 minutes left.
Howard got off to a strong start after winning four of its first six games, but faded over the second half of the season with a 2-4 mark to finish with an even 6-6 record overall.
The Lions scored 22 goals, while allowing 14 on the way to four shutouts. All but one of Howard's losses came by one goal.
Key players included Scott Brunner (four goals, two assists), Kyle Lowenkron (six goals, one assist), Bradley Zulick (three goals, two assists) and Ivan Chikhale (two goals).
Freshman sweeper Sean Lillis had a goal and classmate Brett Blackburn finished with two goals and an assist.
"We had a good core group of freshman on our team this year and expect to be stronger next year based on the number and experience level of anticipated incoming eighth graders," coach James Alzin said.
Sophomores Owen Gerus, Nathaniel Taylor, Andy Hwang, Jaime Korandu, C.J. Bowen and Alex Reardon were major contributors.
Freshmen James Corle, Trevor Hilterbrick, Sean Pino, Drew Lillis, Juan Elvir and Ade Abdulkadir will all be the nucleus of next season's team.
Marriotts Ridge, led by sophomore captains Patrick Schubert and Noah Fu, finished the season with a 4-4-4 overall record.
The midfield was controlled by captain Philip Michael and Owen Bennett, with the assistance of two freshmen, Jake Hull and Emil Boysen.
A strong sophomore class supported the team all over the field. Sam Deitemeyer was key on attack and Andrew Rumrill played a powerful role on the left flank. During the latter half of the season, John Hoskins moved from attack to right back and took control of the position.
Sophomore Josh Koller had a good season in goal and was helped by freshman Mark Augustino keeping the opponents off the scoreboard.
Reserves Andy Kim, Seth Orcutt, John Giannino, Rohil Raina, Dan Klawson and Mike Dudley all provided the Mustangs with great support coming off the bench. Their speed and determination helped set up goals and thwart attacks.
Three freshmen, Nick Santegelo, Nate Keeney and Noah Warzak, started many of the games and played with great maturity and poise. Key Whiting and Thomas Olsen supported the team in the defensive half of the field.
Mt. Hebron capped its fall with a 6-5-1 overall record, including going 6-4-1 in the county.
Lucas Oh led the Vikings in goals scored and Nate Ordrowski was named the team's 'most improved player.' Sophomore leaders included TJ Ricer, Brian O'Neal and Jeff O'Neal. Brady Burman-Magday and Cameron Heath were big contributors to the team.
The team's highlights included coming from behind to beat Marriotts Ridge in the five-minute sudden death overtime period. Mt. Hebron trailed 1-0 with six minutes remaining in regulation, before scoring two goals over the last 11 minutes to win in epic fashion.
Oakland Mills ended its season in second place with an 8-2-2 overall record, while going 7-2-2 in the league.
Goalies Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Ryan Zovko were the last line of defense on a team that allowed only seven goals all season. Freshmen Michael Ahumada-Murillo and Fernando Rubio were the team's leading scorers with four goals each, while sophomore Ovidio Pereira added two goals and four assists.
Sophomores Alex Asifo and Jay Bhylet organized the midfield, winning balls and distributing them forward.