Chapelgate's season ended on an extremely positive note, as the team won its final two games of the season. The Yellowjackets defeated Pallotti, 5-1, and Indian Creek, 2-1.
In addition to those two wins, the team also produced a pair of ties – against Frederick and Key.
"The most important highlight was the team's ability to work together as a team and being able to trust their teammates during the later stages of our league schedule," coach David Sam said.
Atholton finished the fall season with a record of 9-3, scoring a total of 65 goals and allowing only 10.
Sophomore right wing Alanna Quinn and sophomore left wing Julia Thometz were among the team's top players and served as co-captains alongside Alyssa Berman and Cameron Mellion. Quinn finished the season with 20 goals and seven assists, while Thometz was right on her heels with 12 goals and eight assists.
"We were extremely lucky with the amount of talent and leadership this season," coach Rachel Parkinson said. "The captains worked so well together, were able to inspire and brought an indescribable amount of positive energy to the team, both in practice and especially in games."
The incoming talent also made a big difference, with freshman Lizi Jordan moving into the cherry picker position early in the season. Jordan quickly became extremely dangerous and ended up finishing with a team-high 12 assists to go with five goals.
Freshman goalie Adira Colton was also a standout despite entering the season with no previous field hockey experience. She boasted a save percentage of 79 percent and a powerful clear.
"The girls on this team just worked so nicely together," Parkinson said. "They communicated and supported one another on and off the field and their record reflects that."
It was a very strong year for Centennial, which finished 9-2 in county play and 10-2 overall. "This group of girls was outstanding and they were a blast to coach," coach Katie Grimm said.
Sophomore Shannon Noonan led the team with 17 goals over the course of the regular season. Freshman Olivia O'Connell had eight goals and three assists. The defense only allowed 11 goals, while the offense scored 55.
Grimm said the season highlight was a one-goal victory over Mt. Hebron to close the year. Noonan got the Eagles on the board first, but it was how the team rallied after the Vikings came back to tie things up that really showed the team's heart.
"Our captains, during a timeout, really pumped the team up and when they returned to the field, they played harder than they had all season," Grimm said. "They really wanted this win and, with a few minutes left in the game, Noonan slapped in another goal to put us up."
In the closing 30 seconds, the Centennial defense held strong. On a corner play at the end, defender Alana Morgante snatched the ball and carried it out of the circle to seal the victory.
It was an undefeated year for Glenelg, which rolled its way to a 12-0 season. Coach Joanne Reid said her girls earned everything they got.
"They worked very hard each and every day at practice to learn new skills and better other ones," she said. "They worked together as a team, helped each other out on and off the field, and worked together as a whole and not as individuals."
The Gladiators finished with a total of 66 goals, courtesy of 26 assists, and had 17 different players score. Lindsay LeTellier was the leading scorer with 11 goals and three assists. Maisy Haney (9 goals, 6 assists), Leanne Duncan (6 goals, 5 assists) and Delaney Treacy (6 goals, assist) were right behind her.
Defensively, the team surrendered only two goals against and goalie Eliza Muhler compiled 25 saves.
Among the season highlights was an overtime victory over Atholton after trailing for the entire game. The team scored with 30 seconds left in regulation and then won courtesy of a stroke in overtime.