They may not play under the lights, in front of packed student sections or for the promise of postseason play, but athletes on the junior varsity level know that their time to shine could be right around the corner.
With the possibility of a late-season call-up, or a shot at varsity next year, the prospects for a budding underclassman are endless as they suit up for games.
With each year comes a group of graduating seniors, leaving behind rosters spots to fill. And, with the countless hours of hard work, many of these athletes are destined to advance to the varsity level.
We contacted each school through its athletic administration and asked for information on their JV teams. Here's what we heard back:
Just like its varsity counterpart, Glenelg had a very successful season, finishing 7-2-1.
The offense, which averaged 17.4 points per game, was led by quarterbacks Michael Autry and Clint Hostler, who were calm and collected under center. Running backs Trey Davis, Jey Berko and Noah Williamson, who ran hard every play and gained extra yards after first contact, along with fullback Hayden Dice, who provided excellent lead blocking while making big gains on a few carries himself, led the ground game. Reliable wide receivers Carson Marshall, Daniel Kivioja and Garrett Gravanda gave the offense a vertical dimension, and linemen Trae Folkman, Orien Kaiser, Jamie Cooch, Nick Palaganas and Dakota Davis gave the passing game time and space.
The Gladiators defense was tough, physical and smart and allowed only 6.1 points per game with five shutouts.
Up front, Doug Brackins, Nick Palaganas, Joey Cooch, Zach Palaganas, Brian Doughty, Gravanada, Kivioja, Brian Olive and Ryan Bacon did a great job shutting down the opposing running game for most of the year.
Linebackers Dice, Berko, Williamson and Ben Harris plugged holes, while the secondary of Autry, Marshall, Trey Davis, Christian Considine, Ben Rafferty and Connor Stanley kept everyone in front of them to prevent big plays down the field.
"After a tough loss to a very good Howard team, the guys responded by going 4-0 over the next four weeks and outscored their opponents 107-15 in that span," coach Joe Derwent said.
Although Hammond didn't win a game this year after a very talented 2012 JV (8-2) sent many players up the varsity, the Golden Bears were able to pull lots of positives from their 2013 campaign.
Nikari Lodge was the team's all-purpose running back, shouldering most of the load on offense and scoring most of Hammond's touchdowns. Mike Newkirk was the heart and soul of the team, and its emotional leader. Quarterback Aaron Workman had a strong arm, but was also a threat to run every time he dropped back. Stanley Springer was a dual-threat and had become arguably the team's most dangerous offensive weapon by the end of the season. Although he was only a freshman, Lincoln Ikwubuo was one of the team's most respected leaders in the huddle and in the locker room. Gideon Fobb finished the season as one of the Golden Bears' surest tacklers and often came through with great hits in the open field in isolated coverage.
"We are most proud of the fact that we were extremely young and inexperienced this year and yet we stuck together … Although the season was emotionally taxing, our players remained optimistic, they studied film and competed hard each week," head coach Malcolm Anderson said. "We are extremely encouraged by the quality of players that we have coming back next year … stronger, more confident and with a better understanding of the system. Expect great things for the future of Hammond football."
Howard had an outstanding season, finishing 10-0 for the second year in a row. Although 27 of its 45 players were freshmen, all were good athletes, leading the Lions to score 24 points per game.
Sophomore fullback Dominic Umstot blocked and ran hard every game to lead the offense. Freshmen wingbacks Torrell Watson and Demarco Kennedy, and sophomore Jordan Adkins were all big threats in the running game, with Watson's inside game complementing the outside speed of Kennedy and Adkins.
Freshman Nick Sheahin and sophomore Cameron Carlyle were the team's deep threats all year long.
Freshman Michael Whitford and sophomore Casey Crawford combined to lead the team at quarterback, with dual threat Whitford winning the first six games and Crawford pitching in down the stretch to win the final four. The switch allowed Whitford to get valuable time at wingback and receiver.
The Lions' defense allowed only 49 points all season, earning five shutouts.
Leading tacklers were Dominic Umstot, Brandon Watts, Conner Williams, Donny Place, Corey Andrews, Dimeji Olayinka and Cameron Hooper.
All 45 players played at least one series in five of the 10 games.
"So we will go into next season with a lot guys with meaningful game experience," coach Demetrius Ball said.
The highlight of the Lions season was a 21-6 win over a strong, well-coached River Hill team.
"We knew it was going to be our most difficult challenge … and from the opening kickoff until the final whistle our team played their very best," Ball said. "I was proudest of how we came together and grew as a team throughout the season. We started off as a bunch of individuals, but from Week 4 on we began to care about each other and our teammates' performance and wellbeing, like a family."
Ball also credited offensive coordinator Mark Caruso and defensive coordinator Tyler Wade.
"They cared about each individual's development as a young man and football player. They were well organized, with great practice plans and schemes for each week of the schedule," Ball said. "They were a major part of this team's success."
Marriotts Ridge put together a solid season, starting the season 4-3 and finishing 4-6. Quarterback Tyler Poole was promoted to the varsity for the final two weeks of the season, where he started at defensive back. Trayvon Delk led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns.
"(We had a) very competitive group of kids. We were 4-3 with losses to Howard, River Hill and Glenelg when injuries and players getting pulled up to varsity" took their toll, said coach Tom Minard, who had only three sophomores at his disposal in the final game of the season.
Mt. Hebron finished 3-7 in a very competitive season. Brennan White returned from an early season injury to score 10 touchdowns and average 6.5 yards per carry, while also playing quarterback in two games.
Derrick Anderson averaged more than 20 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns.
Matt Yarnevich, Eric Bussman, Lance Madden and Nick Brown also led the Vikings.
"(We) are a young team and are already working hard towards next season," coach Mike Lettieri said. "The coaching staff was very happy with the development of our players this season. We are excited about the incoming freshman class that is loaded with players graduating from the various youth football programs in the area."
Oakland Mills finished the season 4-6 after getting off to a hot 4-0 start and remaining competitive in the second half.
"This season's focus was designed to have the players do their individual job for the team, and to learn the values and principles of teamwork," said coach Jimmy DiPietro. "We believe they did that with a come-from-behind win against Reservoir and nearly beating Wilde Lake but losing in overtime."
Dazarius Savoy stepped up to play quarterback, despite no prior experience at the position. The Scorpions relied heavily on receivers Kevin Paez, Jordan Campbell and freshman NaQuan Williams.
The offensive line was anchored by John Amaya and Kevin Rockwell, and on defense the Scorpions were led by captain Solomon Barnes and Miles Patton.
"Staying together as a group and regular attendance in the weight room are the off season priorities," DiPietro said.
River Hill had a very good season, finishing 7-3 with sophomore leadership in all three phases.
Jacob Howland, Sean Guthier, Seth Koncrate and Noah Thyberg led the Hawks' running game, with Andrew Rhabb and Kevin Kim serving as the team's top wide receivers. Offensive linemen Josh Kim, Griffin Connors, Garrett Connors, Hank McLaughlin and Liam Pederson provided experience on the offensive line.
Collin Altman, Sam Margolis and Arman Bhardwaj led River Hill on the defensive side of the ball, with San Kang, Viraj Patel, Rhazeen Khan, Drew Tyler, Dillion Mitchell, Brandon Scott, Nathan Dustin and Mina Rizkalla filling key roles on special teams.
"(Our) freshmen were an outstanding group and we are looking forward to them providing leadership, both on the field and off, to the freshmen class next year," coach John Hull said.
After an impressive season on the varsity level, the Atholton Raiders won't have to look far to rebuild in 2014.
Second-year coach Cliff Walcott's squad finished 8-0-3, outscoring opponents 42-7.
"We were strong in all areas of the game this season, but our chemistry was the real key," Walcott said. "We had each other's back in every battle."
Since August, Walcott instilled a positive mindset in the Raiders, focusing on building individual confidence, as well as an appreciation for the team environment.
Sophomores Congetta Owens and Ileana Thompson, as well as freshman Kelly Flynn, were the key players for the Raiders this season.
"They play on both sides of the ball so well," said Walcott. "It makes the job of those around them a whole lot easier."
In particular, Walcott praised the efforts of Flynn, and even referred to her as his "Rookie of the Year." He added that the team would have been incomplete without her. Her vocal leadership skills, paired with her work ethic, set the freshman apart from her peers.
Going undefeated against the future top players in the county can be a lot to handle. But, unlike some teams, Walcott said his squad didn't like to relish in its triumphs.
"We simply grab the lever and 'flush' last success. I do not allow the girls to 'trip' on their successes," he said. "We approach each new opponent with respect and treat the challenge as though it is a fresh start."
One of the highlights this year for the Raiders was getting revenge over River Hill. A season ago, the Hawks won the match-up 4-1. In 2013, Atholton returned the favor, scoring five goals in a shutout victory. The coach described the win as a moment of euphoria for his club.
Walcott said that his team worked diligently on improving patience with the ball at midfield, as well as switching around while still keeping shape — skills that are imperative at the varsity level.
Howard also went undefeated this season, finishing 7-0-4 in the county, and 7-0-5 overall.
Tessa Walsh, who scored 10 goals and notched five assists on the year, led the Lions offensively.
Walsh recorded either a goal or an assist in all but one game, making her the top go-to scorer for the Lions.
"Tessa's combination of composure on the ball and accurate shot placement made her a threat to every team played," said Lions coach Samantha White.
For her efforts, Walsh received a varsity call-up as the Lions prepared themselves for a playoff push.
Other contributors to Howard's success included freshmen Madde Guerke, Haley Kappey, Lindsey Brown and Logan Filler.
Guerke, a midfielder, had the second-most goals and assists.
"Her ability to create open space and cross the ball from the outside created many scoring opportunities for the team," said White.
Center midfielder Kappey was a "strong force," according to White, who added that she "controlled the pace of the game by winning balls with composure."
Brown also played center midfield. Her speed and defensive play allowed her to be a presence on both sides of the field, according to her coach.
Filler, a stopper, carried a strong ability to control the defense.
White said that it was important to her girls that they finished with an undefeated record.
"The team continued to fight for goals, no matter what the score was," she said.
Howard also shared a lot of the scoring opportunities throughout the entire team. Out of the 22 players on the roster, 17 finished the season with at least one goal.
For Marriotts Ridge (5-5-1, 5-5-2), the 2013 season was highlighted by a 1-0 victory over second-place finisher Reservoir.
Makenzie Hokensmith was the team's steadiest player, according to coach Anthony Incontrera. The center midfielder provided an offensive boost when needed, while controlling the defense at the same time. Her three assists tied her for most on the team.
Cassie Evans led the Mustangs in points with five. Also a center midfielder, Evans was always a threat to score at any given moment.
Carly Miller and Jayme Choe showed steadfast defensive strength, which led to five shutouts for Marriotts Ridge.
Over the course of the season, the Mustangs improved immensely as a team.
"During the preseason scrimmages, (we allowed) 10 goals," said Incontrera. "But, during the course of the season, only 13 goals were allowed by the team."
Mt. Hebron finished 5-5-1 under coach Bob Gibbons this season.
Only five sophomores with significant playing experience returned for the Vikings, and with 12 freshmen needed to step in and fill the gaps, Gibbons said the team "had a lot of learning to do."
After a slow start to the season, losing a few key players along the way, the Vikings began to play more consistently on both sides of the ball. Gibbons said the most complete game his squad played was a 1-1 draw with River Hill.
"Although we were unable to score during the first half, we moved the ball well, defended well and applied a lot of offensive pressure," he said.
Throughout the season, the Viking defense was anchored by the team's three keepers: freshmen Lauren Ritter and Megan Pallozzi, and sophomore Audrey Eldridge. Other key pieces to the Vikings puzzle included sophomores Alyssa Matanin, Kaylee Toth and Karyssa Miller, as well as freshmen Jen Schaff, Audrey Hollis and Jess John.
Megan Benoit (7 goals) and Elise Mahoney (7) led the team in scores, while Morgan Manning (6 assists) and Laura Murphy (5) topped the Vikings in assists.
Gibbons said he especially appreciated the commitment and support from the players who were unable to compete due to injury. The coach also commended his squad's overall focus, hard work and enthusiasm during games and practice.
"As always, it is such a pleasure to work with a group of positive, supportive and pleasant young ladies," he said.
Though Oakland Mills (0-11, 0-13) did not have a great season on paper, coach Taylor Stetka said her squad was successful in other areas of the game.
A low turnout at the beginning of fall tryouts forced the Scorpions to tweak their mindset heading into the regular season.
"We had to adjust our goals to…a team that consisted of girls who, for the majority, had never played soccer before," Stetka said.
Throughout the season, the Scorpions coach said the team improved drastically. Even though goals against per game ranged from one to eight, sophomore keeper Emily Yarn kept her team in many games with her efforts in the net.
Other important Oakland Mills players included sophomore sweeper Lyndsey Bruce and freshman defender Deirdre Adson.
"While it is true we did not win any games or even score any goals, the girls had an incredible determination and spirit," Stetka said. "No matter the score, the girls never gave up, which I found quite commendable."
The Reservoir Gators — winners of nine games this season — finished second in the county, just behind Atholton.
Coaches John and George Hermina entered their eighth season at the helm of the JV program.
"We were pleased to see so many of our talented players — like Dana Gillum, Kayla Pindell, Tina Gray, Mary Dudzinski and Leah Simmons — graduate our program and move onto varsity," said George Hermina. Upon being called up, these players made an immediate impact on the varsity level.
In her first playoff game, Pindell's goal against Atholton helped the Gators move onto the regional semifinals.
For those who stayed behind, the defense especially was left in good hands. Callie Beattie, Alex Sadzewicz, Bethany Golatt and Caroline Bryant anchored the back line.
"Sophia Elky was an excellent fullback who participated in the attack and provided goal-scoring opportunities," John Hermina added.
Both coaches also praised the play of midfielders Holland Burkett, Cassidy Pham, Kelly Sullivan, Olivia Atkinson and Maddie Petrusky.
Freshmen Madi Pepe, Lilly LaFemina, and Juliet King, were crucial to the Gators' success as well.
"We had an amazing class of freshmen this season," said Coach George Hermina, adding that "the footwork of Brooke Russ was amazing to watch" and "Shelly Ignacio was the ultimate opportunist on attack."
Both coaches also said that the leadership from captain Maria Janush was important.
The Gators scored 34 goals on the year.
Natalie Ryan and Kara Siglin led River Hill (6-2-4 county) as team captains on the year.
Leading scorers for the Hawks were Ryan (4), Naomi Carter (4), Natalie Zakel (4), Molly Hennessy (3) and Bridget Frankhauser (3).
Ryan, Siglin, Rebekah Araujo and Kayla Swann also played "consistently throughout the year and provided a great line of defense before our first-year goalie, Laura Pulford," said coach Andrew Matsunaga.
Pulford recorded five shutouts on the year.
Glenelg finished with an undefeated record of 9-0-2 and avoided any let downs along the way.
"The team had a very strong season and continued to improve as the year went on, pushing each other to get better every day," coach Joseph Osborne said. "It was truly a team effort."
The defense was anchored by sophomore goalie John Levee, Guy-Alain Mobeka, Ryan Kato and Griffin Birsa. As a group, they allowed only three goals on the season.
The midfield was a great area of strength, with Alex Frith (2 goals, assist) and Martin Wang (2 goals, assist) improving every game. Amanuel Rizk (5 goals) helped dominate the middle of the field as well, along with captain Ben Miller (3 assists).
The offense, which scored 27 goals on the year, was led by freshman Ramzy Ahmed (6 goals, 3 assists) and sophomore captain Andrew Heisig (4 goals, 2 assists). Other contributors up front were freshmen Jordan Anderson, Alex Kvech and Michael Lyons. The team also enjoyed working with German exchange-student Justin Poeppelmann.
Among the season highlights was beating Centennial for the first time in over seven years in an overtime thriller and completing the undefeated season with a win over Long Reach. In that game against the Lightning, Rob Michele had a shutout in goal.
Hammond put together a very solid season, going 5-5-2. Key wins came against Reservoir in overtme, Howard and Wilde Lake.
Sophomore leadership from Tony Rollin, Josh Brewer, Michael Reese and Kevin Aranyi was a big key. The defense of Josh Lee, Grant Guzzone, Elliott Hefty, Mang Tling and Zach Wehrmeister was also very strong.
Henry Tin was the Golden Bears' leading scorer with eight goals, while Lian Tluang was right behind him with six.
"The group of sophomores we had this year made significant strides in improving during the season and off-season," coach Matthew Sillers said. "I was very proud of this team."
Howard finished its season with a record of 2-8-2, but the record wasn't necessarily indicative of just how strong of a team the Lions had. "Except for our loss to Reservoir, we were very competitive and in every game until the end," coach Jamie Alzin said. "Unfortunately for us, we were on the wrong side of the scores."
All but two of Howard's games were decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
Sophomores Drew Lillis, Brett Blackburn, Matt Yagel, Juan Elvir and Sean Pino led the team defensively. Josh DeBoy and Caine McKinney were the leading goal scorers, while Lillis and DeBoy were the leaders in assists.
Alzin said the team's best game of the season came in a 0-0 overtime tie against Marriotts Ridge to end the year. "It was indicative of our entire season. We didn't score many goals but never stopped playing," Alzin said. "As the season was coming to a close, my fear was that some players would shut down. But that didn't happen … it was a bit inspiring to witness."
Marriotts Ridge got off to a slow start , losing to Glenelg to open the year and sustaining several key injuries in the process. But the Mustangs regrouped extremely well to finish the fall with a 7-2-4 record. The team's only other loss came against Atholton, 2-0.
"The team played with perseverance and dedication," coach Paul Courtney said. "Each player grew and developed in each game, and some players were asked to take on some unfamiliar roles and took on their new positions with skill and poise."
Captain Emil Boysen suffered a concussion in the opening game and missed most of the season, but everyone else stepped up their roles.
Strong defense came from the back line of Duncan Tilles, Key Whiting, Nicholas Santagelo and Thomas Olson. Goalie Mark Augustino, aided by back-up Matt Rumrill, played a huge role in anchoring the defense.
Sophomore Jace Hull, who played significant minutes and helped build the attack, led the midfield. Rohil Raina, John Giannino (4 goals), Mike Dudley, Daniel Klawson (4 goals) and Brian Huntley helped out offensively. Zain Baig, Ji Soo Kim (4 goals), Miguel Rodriguez, Colin Kratochwill and John Kim all played key supporting roles coming off the bench to help the attack.
Kevin Padgett, Jakobi Mansaray, Marley Scott, Charlie Menton and Russell Brooking all helped in the middle of the field. Aditya Gupta and Gihoon Hyung were both put in multiple positions and were also vital to the team's success.
Mt. Hebron's squad finished among the county's top third, compiling a league record of 6-2-3. "We competed well in every game, even in both losses, which were only by one goal in each contest," coach Jared Ettinger said. "The team was explosive offensively, while also strong defensively."
Sophomore captain Cameron Heath was a star in the central midfield. He won most of the 50-50 balls and tied for the team lead in scoring. Sophomore Ronald Semmont was a strong, fast defender who set the tone in the back. The team's anchor, though, was freshman goalie Torey Jones. Jones recorded eight shutouts on the JV squad and then was called up to become the varsity starter in the playoffs — providing three straight shutouts before the team lost to River Hill in penalty kicks.
The most exciting game according to Ettinger was a comeback win over Centennial, where his team scored four times in a span of 19 minutes to close the contest after trailing 2-0.
"I've never heard a soccer stadium louder for a JV game than I did those final 19 minutes," said Ettinger, whose team won 4-2. "The players learned many valuable lessons in the game about team over self, never giving up, always having a positive attitude and that hard work pays off."
Oakland Mills continued its resurgence toward the top of the county, putting together the program's fourth consecutive winning season. The team earned marquee wins over traditional powerhouse programs River Hill and Centennial.
Sophomore captain Khaaliq Canada led the way early on with his versatile play that established him as the backbone of the team. He produced a memorable score against River Hill, converting an opposite-foot game-tying goal that helped the team eventually pull out a victory.
A lot of last year's defensive talent moved up to varsity, but behind returner Ken Johnson the unit reloaded extremely well. The new defensive support came from the finesse play from Joel Estrada and Nacho Tome (foreign exchange student from Barcelona), along with the hard-nosed play of Joseph Asiedu and Jack Schurman.
Forwards Jordan Armstead (10 goals) and Randy Henriquez (6 goals) were a threat to score at any time, which helped the Scorpions rally to come-from-behind wins several times.
Macklin Anderson's season highlight was a diving header for a goal that helped solidify a 2-1 homecoming win over Catonsville.
Freshman Johnny Rynn, who earned a varsity spot for the playoffs, had a big goal against Marriotts Ridge.
The team's success this season came despite having several key sophomores called up to varsity. But coach Trevor Shea said everything worked out for the best. "These moves provided valuable experience for players on both levels and showcased a system in which JV players were able to contribute at the varsity level regardless of the opponent," Shea said.
With a squad of 12 sophomores and eight freshmen, Reservoir put together a strong county record of 5-2-4.
The team's backbone was its defense from the very beginning, allowing only nine goals over the course of the season. Sophomore defenders Rafael Akuffo and Dylan Fox, along with the rest of the defensive line, helped shield the goal in front of lead goalie Andre Dachao. The defense pitched six shutouts.
Freshman Brayden Heim was key in controlling the midfield. The team's offense, after scoring just three goals in the first five games, came on strong after a change in formation and scored 23 goals over its last six contests. Led by sophomore Cristian Alfaro, the team's offense was well balanced with 11 different scorers.
"The team's success was due to the teamwork and depth of skill among the entire squad," coach David Freeman said.
River Hill put together a 6-2-3 season and coach Derrick Jameson said that the team really improved as the campaign went on. "The team had struggled all year through some disappointing losses and ties to put points on the board and to earn a win, but finally all that hard work came together."
The Hawks went undefeated in their last five games. Tim Pang, a solid sophomore defender, was a team captain. Eric Weltz, a hard-working center midfielder, and Max Mzhen, a talented freshman defender, each joined Pang in being moved up to varsity by the end of the season.
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.
"The girls used skill, determination, heart and passion to win the game," Reid said. "I was very proud of the fight each and every one of them showed."
There were no wins this fall for Hammond, which finished 0-12. But with many new players, the team's improvement throughout the fall made this season a success according to coach William Smith.
Throughout the season, freshmen Megan Mantsch and Samantha Mesol, along with sophomore Maddie Lehner, were standouts.
Smith also said the team was "blessed to have a young girl on our team who has autism, however chose to play field hockey rather than Allied Soccer." Tori Brozyna's uncle had played soccer for Smith many years earlier and it wound up being a great fit for his niece as well. Against Glenelg, with the cooperation of the opposing Gladiators, she was able to score the Golden Bears' lone goal of the season.
Howard got better and better as the season went on, finishing with a 5-6-1 record. Coach Kristen Vance said the team's progress really showed in its season finale against Marriotts Ridge, where the team played the Mustangs to an overtime draw.
"It was a shame that the game ended in a tie, but it was exciting and a great way to end the season against such a tough team," Vance said.
Sophomore captain Nicole Keller was moved up to varsity by the end of the season thanks to her terrific performance throughout the fall in the midfield. With her speed and passion for the game, she finished with seven goals and seven assists.
Sophomore captain Katie Martin also played a pivotal role in the midfield despite being sidelined by injury for a few weeks. She finished with three goals and five assists. Freshman Tyler Reid was the team's leading scorer, compiling 11 goals and two assists. Even more impressive was that several of her scores came in close games.
Marriotts Ridge put together a fantastic campaign, going 10-1-1 overall. Along the way there were several notable victories, including a come-from-behind win over Atholton, where the Mustangs scored twice in the second half to win 3-2.
"The girls wanted to win so badly and they showed it by outhustling and really working to get those goals back," coach Allyson Sabia said.
Even the team's lone loss to Glenelg was able to be used as a positive, making the Mustangs better down the stretch. "It was a learning experience about how focused we need to be and every game isn't going to be handed to us," Sabia said.
The offense had several standouts. Caroline Blalock (6 goals, 8 assists), Caitlin Ohnmacht (11 goals, 7 assists), Stefanie Kribbeler (7 goals, 7 assists) and Lilly Kennedy (5 goals, 6 assists) all contributed from their forward or midfield positions. Defenders Sarah Blalock, Kelly Colegrove and Leanna Beigel handled things on the other end of the field. Blalock and Beigel also chipped in with four goals apiece offensively.
Marriotts Ridge even got strong production from some of its more inexperienced players. Josie Richards, for example, had never played field hockey before, but improved to the point where she scored two goals on the season.
Mt. Hebron showed steady improvement over the course of the fall on its way to a 6-4-1 county record. Along the way, the Vikings picked up impressive victories over Reservoir and Howard, while taking Fallston and River Hill to overtime. "There was a lot of growth this season in our team," coach Leigh Langmead said. "We really came together and played great hockey as the season went on."
Sophomore goalie Rachel Bowman was the anchor of the defense with eight shutouts and only 10 goals against. Offensively, freshman forward Leeah Wilson was the leading scorer with 13 goals.
Captains Ellie Mazzuca (9 goals, 2 assists), Macey Karmilowicz (goal, assist) and Anna Hemelt (3 goals, 2 assists) provided leadership every step of the way.
River Hill got contributions from a wealth of players on its way to a 7-4-1 overall record.
Offensively, Haley Masker (8 goals), Sara Miller (8 goals), Cristina Scolaro (6 goals), Olivia Weiss (6 goals) and Julia Lui (5 goals) all contributed strong seasons. As a team, the Hawks scored 46 goals and allowed only 11.
Emmy Thornton, Sophia Knowlton-Latkin and Beka Yang led the midfield, while Phoebe Sevrin, Aarthi Ambrosi and goalies Bailey Heneghan and Michaela Minnick held things down defensively.
A one-goal win over Reservoir, along with a scoreless tie against Mt. Hebron, were among the highlights. But coach Marni Rosenbaum said that the team's final game, a 3-0 win over Patterson Mill, was the best of the bunch.
"It was great to end our season with a game that showcased how much we learned over the season," Rosenbaum said. "We had a complete effort by the offense, midfield and the defense and it showed how well we worked together as a team."
Centennial had an excellent season, finishing 9-4 in the league and winning an out-of-county match against Arundel.
"All of my players contributed in an unique way throughout the season. They all did whatever was needed for the team to be successful. Sometimes that meant some of them played a different position or as a team they had to learn a different lineup depending on who our competition was that week and what the team needed," coach Erika Swan said.
Serving was a strength for the Eagles, who served 92 percent as a team with more than 135 aces. The team also racked up 175 kills and had a serve receive average above 1.80.
In the first match of the season at Howard, Centennial's middle hitter was unable to play due to illness. When Swan walked into the gym, her players had already come together to devise an alternate lineup.
"I thought this spoke highly of them, as a team, because not many girls at that age will collaborate to come up with an alternative line up 15 minutes before game time," said Swan, whose team lost the match 15-13 in the last set. "The team played united the entire time in a lineup they had never practiced before."
In its win over Arundel, Centennial trailed 8-2 in the last set before coming back to win 15-12.
"Statistics show that the team that's first to eight in the third (or fifth set) will win the match 85 percent of the time," Swan said. "I was very proud of my girls to be a part of the 15 percent."
Howard was a powerhouse this year, finishing 11-2 in the county and starting the season with a non-league win over St. John's. The team was led defensively by sophomore libero Valerie Greisman (sophomore) and offensively by setter Julia McKenna and outside hitter Sarah Sweet, both freshmen.
"The team worked hard over the season to improve skills, communication and play highly competitive volleyball," coach Allison Ose said.
Mt. Hebron had a very exciting and dominant season, finishing 14-0, with several competitive matches in the county. In the second set against Reservoir, the Vikings trailed 19-13 but came back for a hard-fought win, 32-30, behind clutch serving by Rylee Kinsella and a final kill by Gabby Green. The match against Howard featured many long, intense rallies, but strong defense and superb passing by libero Ashley Chibb and defensive specialists Shelby Fitcher, Emily Taylor and Maya Takashima gave the Vikings the edge on offense, leading to a 22-25, 25-11, 15-13 win.
In a well played match against Centennial, the Vikings came back to win, 28-26, in the second set on Taylor's ace that hit the back line. In the last match of the fall, Mt. Hebron traveled to Marriotts Ridge and came back to close out the season with a win after dropping the first set.
Setters Carly Smith (110 assists) and Amanda Ross (120) joined forces to set a balanced offense, led by middles Peyton LeConte (75 kills) and Gabby Green (57), and hitters Elayna Williams (60), Rachel Veslany (30), Carly Smith (22), Rylee Kinsella (13) and Sarah Marcelli (5). LeConte and Green also combined for 33 point blocks.
The Vikings defense was led by Chibb (56 digs), Takashima (33), Taylor (32) and Fichter (18), who also contributed consistent passing on serve receive and developed strong back row attacks. From the service line, the team was led by Ross (93 percent, 54 aces) and Smith (92 percent, 40).
"This is a sweet and fun group of girls who are very talented and enthusiastic players," said coach Susan Wiggs. "They are a dream team."
It was a strong season for Reservoir, which was 9-4 in the league with a non-county win over Archbishop Spalding to start the season. Sophomore Janet Jassi was presented with the team spirit award for always bringing her squad together. Freshman Amaka Chukwujekwu is well on her way to developing into an excellent varsity middle hitter, according to coach Emma Dawe.
"She will bring so much to the Reservoir program," Dawe said.
Freshman setter Katie Dorn was quick and showed great court awareness, while freshman Brooke Saunderson showed a lot of power and all-around skills.
"Throughout the season the girls fought hard as a team and pulled out some big wins," Dawe said. "We are excited to see what these girls will bring to the Reservoir program."
River Hill prevailed in a very competitive league on its way to an 8-5 record. The Hawks were led by team captains Paige Caprara, Haley Armacost and Katie Wehrung.
"The team worked hard all season and won some very difficult matches," coach Michael Colonna said.
Setters Paige Caprara and Haley Armacost ran the Hawks offense, distributing the ball masterfully to outside hitters Abby Keehn, Emily Chi, Leah Weaver, Joyce Zhuang and Elena Breda. Middle hitters Serena Taj, Hannah Siaurusaitis and Alyssa Riegel ran quick plays in the middle and successfully blocked opposing hitters. Defensive specialists Jen Lu, Claire Napoli, Hannah Brown and libero Katie Wehrung contributed to River Hill's strong defense.
In a non-league match against Magruder, River Hill dropped the first set but battled back to win, 15-12, in the fifth set.
Boys B team results: 1. Mt. Hebron, 52; 2. River Hill, 64; 3. Centennial, 65; 4. Reservoir, 103; 5. Atholton, 116; 6. Howard, 142; 7. Marriotts Ridge, 186; 8. Oakland Mills, 261; 9. Glenelg, 270; 10. Wilde Lake, 318; 11. Long Reach, 382; 12. Hammond, 364.
Boys B individual results: 1. Justin Spoon, A, 18:26.6; 2. Tony Grabow, Re, 18:35.7; 3. Jimmy Hayden, MH, 18:38.6; 4. Jason Schuler, Re, 18:42.4; 5. Joe Pavao, C, 18:43.5; 6. Andrew Li, C, 18:48.7; 7. Dominic Mandile, RH, 18:49.6; 8. Mathew Eastman, Ho, 18:49.8; 9. Tim Packard, MH, 18:50.8; 10. Darren Kline, RH, 18:51.1.
11. Samuel Trossman, RH, 18:51.7; 12. Carl Freund, MH, 18:53.0; 13. Greg Bisant, MH, 18:53.6; 14. Christopher Savage, C, 18:54.2; 15. Andrew Park, MH, 18:58.5; 16. Jacob Parker, RH, 19:00.5; 17. Kevin Hong, MH, 19:03.6; 18. Owen Spain, A, 19:06.0; 19. Will Jackson, C, 19:08.4; 20. Phillip Hilliard, RH, 19:10.5.
21. Andrew Frommer, C, 19:12.2; 22. Eliot Fenton, RH, 19:15.6; 23. Jack Przybyla, C, 19:19.0; 24. Brendan Robinson, Re, 19:20.0; 25. Sean Malone, RH, 19:20.7; 26. David Perdue, A, 19:22.0; 27. Jack Watson, MR, 19:23.5; 28. Josh Risinger, MH, 19:24.8; 29. David Xu, C, 19:26.0; 30. David Dwyer, MH, 19:26.4.
31. Kevin Reynolds, RH, 19:27.1; 32. Zabi Sharifi, Ho, 19:29.4; 33. AJ Shannon, Ho, 19:30.5; 34. John Glazer, Re, 19:31.3; 35. Reilly Butler, Ho, 19:33.8; 36. Jared King, A, 19:35.5; 37. Prayaag Venkat, MH, 19:36.5; 38. Thomas Wun, MR, 19:36.7; 39. Matthew Bernstein, OM, 19:37.0; 40. Ben Hall, A, 19:42.1.
41. Alexander Crich, RH, 19:42.7; 42. Matthew Ault, MR, 19:44.1; 43. Andrew Blyth, MR, 19:45.2; 44. Joseph Lapointe, Ho, 19:48.7; 45. Cameron Cornish, Re, 19:49.9; 46. Daniyal Ahmed, A, 19:50.2; 47. Michael Appel, Ho, 19:51.1; 48. Brian Goulet, Ho, 19:51.9; 49. Elias Jack-Monroe, OM, 19:56.7; 50. Matthew Jackson, Re, 19:56.9.
51. Sean Hewitt, Ho, 19:57.3; 52. Brian Mitchell, MR, 19:59.1; 53. Jacob Connor, Re, 20:01.2; 54. Evan Winter, MH, 20:02.0; 55. Brien Boulle, A, 20:02.5; 56. Jon Kittner, C, 20:05.4; 57. Andrew Lehman, Ho, 20:07.2; 58. Jack McAuliffe, MR, 20:08.9; 59. Ibrahim Jirdeh, MR, 20:11.5; 60. Zach Risinger, MH, 20:13.4.
Girls B team results: 1. River Hill, 23; 2. Centennial, 44; 3. Howard, 71; 4. Marriotts Ridge, 123; 5. Reservoir, 133; 6. Mt. Hebron, 192; 7. Wilde Lake, 209; 8. Glenelg, 213; 9. Atholton, 257.
Girls B individual results: 1. Stacy Young, RH, 21:38.5; 2. Colleen Krein, RH, 21:51.3; 3. Kristen Kruus, RH, 22:04.5; 4. Emily Hawkins, Ho, 22:17.1; 5. Rebecca Goodridge, C, 22:31.4; 6. Stephaine Crispell, C, 22:40.9; 7. Janie Shih, RH, 22:44.5; 8. Ashley Mazer, 22:48.4; 9. Emily Magoon, Ho, 23:14.5; 10. Ann Maloney, RH, 23:19.5.
11. Danielle Gray, Re, 23:24.3; 12. Jenna Harrity, C, 23:25.5; 13. Betsy Horstkamp, C, 23:26.3; 14. Nicole Young, RH, 23:31.0; 15. Anaya Mathur, Re, 23:39.2; 16. Lillian Messer, RH, 23:41.7; 17. Emily Hazzard, RH, 23:44.2; 18. Jilian Swaim, Ho, 23:56.9; 19. Wallaki Gray, C, 23:57.9; 20. Rachel Filar, Ho, 24:00.5.
21. Kari Dunagan, C, 24:05.4; 22. Amanda Miller, MR, 24:08.0; 23. Katie Cho, RH 24:28.3; 24. Courtney O'Neill, Ho, 24:28.9; 25. Katelyn Wolf, Ho, 24:29.7; 26. Alexis Dorsey, MR, 24:31.0; 27. Alice Choe, RH, 24:33.0; 28. Olivia Mott, RH, 24:35.5; 29. Sarah Bank, RH, 24:37.4; 30. Cassandra Hale, MR, 24:38.9.
31. Christine Yuan, MR, 24:39.9; 32. Maria Bernal, MR, 24:41.7; 33. Caroline Johnson, MR, 24:42.7; 34. Theresa Menachery, RH 24:43.8; 35. Morgan Strehl, Re, 24:47.8; 36. Grace Lechmann, MH, 24:48.9; 37. Nupur Hegde, Ho, 24:49.2; 38. Kaitlyn Hennacy, RH, 24:51.0; 39. Marina Chang, WL, 24:52.4; 40. Kelly Kim, MH, 24:54.2.
41. Libby Lafemina, Re, 25:00.4; 42. Celina Shih, RH, 25:10.7; 43. Jenifer Hornor, RH, 25:14.5; 44. Julia Suter, MR, 25:20.9; 45. Isabel Syers, Ho, 25:22.1; 46. Miranda Judd, WL, 25:24.4; 47. Stephanie Lietzau, WL, 25:24.9; 48. Kaitlyn Weir, Ho, 25:25.8; 49. Anna Harrington, C, 25:28.5; 50. Amanda Iovine, RH, 25:28.7.
51. Rachel Scrandis, RH, 25:29.2; 52. Emily Paris, C, 25:30.8; 53. Lucy Pu, C, 25:35.2; 54. Madeline Collen, RH, 25:35.4; 55. Anne Marie Demme, C, 25:38.8; 56. Grace Lee, Ho, 25:39.7; 57. Amanda Fortin, RH, 25:41.2; 58. Emily Shaffer, MH, 25:42.5; 59. Alicia Shread, RH, 25:54.6; 60. Samantha Pearce, G, 25:56.3.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun