Led by captain Dani Schwab (12 goals), captain Molly Ousbourne (three goals), captain Rachel Banilower (four goals), Angie Arensmeier (17 goals), Emily Hamburger (11 goals), Jillian Kelley (midfield), Kendall Stull (defense) and Sierra Kelly (goalie), the Hawks won their next six games, tied Howard and then won the last three games of the season to finish 10-1-1.
The team's highlight was its 1-0 victory over Glenelg. "This is always a good game between the two teams," Rosenbaum said. Arensmeier had the goal with an assist from Hamburger.
River Hill changed its defensive formation this year and Stull and Isi Okojie were the leaders on defense. Midfielders Schwab, Ousbourne and Kelley were great links between the defense and offense.
"Our team was made up of a group of hard working girls who showed huge improvement throughout the season," Rosenbaum said.
Scoring 39 goals and allowing only 11 on the season, Centennial finished with a 7-1-2 record. The season was highlighted by a come-from-behind, 3-2, victory over Atholton and a 1-0 shutout of River Hill.
Freshman Patrick Baker was the Eagles' leading scorer with 10 goals, while sophomores Ian Abee and Anthony Chiu led a strong group in the midfield. Four experienced sophomores, including sweeper Troy Cary, anchored the defensive unit.
Mt. Hebron finished 5-3-4 overall and accomplished even more than the record showed according to coach Jared Ettinger. "The players did a fantastic job improving tactically and physically throughout the season," he said.
The highlights included a 2-0 win over Reservoir, along with 3-0 shutouts of Glenelg and Atholton. Ettinger was also pleased with the play of his team in a 0-0 tie against Fallston.
A lot of the team's success stemmed from its large core of sophomore leaders.
Ian Reid created havoc offensively all season, finishing with three goals as a physical guy up top. Jonathan Horrocks was also a key threat at striker, finishing with five goals in the final five games. Anand Pradeep and freshman Thomas Hedges (four goals) were two of the team's best players in the midfield, consistently setting up their teammates. And on defense, the combination of Nolan Hoolachan and Zach Andreas kept things organized and provided great stability.
Under new coach Reg Hahne, Reservoir put together an 8-1-2 campaign that included victories over rivals Centennial, 3-2, and Marriotts Ridge, 4-2. The team's only loss came against Mt. Hebron by a 2-0 margin.
In the win over Centennial, Dan Vasquez ended up getting the game winner with two minutes left when he took a free kick from around midfield and looped it over the Eagles goalie. After the goal, which broke a 2-2 tie, Vasquez was mobbed by his teammates for what ended up as one of the top highlights of the season.
Nick Jobst finished with a team-leading seven goals and two assists, followed by Pablo Trueba (3 goals, 2 assists), Cody Morris (3 goals), Vasquez (2 goals) and Rohan Kuruvilla (3 assists). As a team, Reservoir finished with 23 goals for and seven against.
With a high-scoring and balanced attack, which saw 17 different players score at least one goal this year, Atholton put together a 10-1-2 campaign. "This was our best overall record in my seven years coaching here and that is a testament to the talent and work ethic of this team," coach Mehr Dhillon said.
Sophomores Emily Howell, Becca Weinberg, Gabby Stegall and Virginia Cheng led the Raiders on defense in front of freshmen goalies Sage Mayhew and Katy Meissner. As a group, they had seven shutouts and allowed only nine goals against on the season.
It was a trio of sophomores that controlled the midfield as well. Chloe Berman (4 goals, 6 assists), Avni Johnson (1g, 5a) and Darcey Bodziony (1g, 6a) all had strong seasons. Then on offense, freshman Rebekah Markovitz (10g, 2a) finished as the team's leading scorer. She was flanked on attack by sophomores Jenny Haynes (6g, 3a), Julia Bryant (4g, 1a) and Olivia Healey (4g, 1a).
On the way to a 3-5-4 record this season, Centennial coach Katie Grimm pointed to an early tie against Reservoir as a key confidence builder. "The game set the bar for us for the rest of the season," Grimm said. "We knew from that point just how well we could play."
Freshman Carolyn Cole was the team's offensive star all year, scoring eight of the team's 16 goals. She played almost every minute of every game and her season was highlighted by a hat trick against Hammond. Sophomore captains Sarah Fritz (5 assists) and Alex Berry (4 goals and 3 assists) also chipped in with strong efforts in the scoring department.