On the season, Mt. Hebron scored 161 goals as a team, while allowing just 45. The team's captains were Cammy Case and Harper Drake.
The theme for the River Hill program this year was "Family" with a focus on fundamentals. The results were terrific, with the team producing an 8-4 overall record. "After our first game it was clear to the coaches that we had a young, fast and talented group of athletes," coach Bianca Francoeur said. "We incorporated a lifting regimen into our practices and, with the help from our highly experienced varsity coaching staff, we achieved our best season."
The team was led by returning sophomores Annie Clark (D), Maggie Connors (A), Morgan Craney (D), Halley Seybold (M), Cara Brown (G), Dana Stevens (M), Olivia Mott (D), Lexie Hayward (A), Delaney Malone (D) and Evana Dipetro (A). Freshmen Clare Napoli, Natalie Ryan, Paige Caprara, Emmy Thornton, Cara Gerardi, Allison Seibert, Maliha Ashraf and Bailey Heneghan helped out on attack, while Bridgette Frankhauser, Kelsey Li, Michaela Minnick, Sydney Poindexter (G) and Silvia Kim (G) contributed defensively.
Wilde Lake may have managed only a 2-6 record this spring, but there was never a lack of effort or hustle. "These ladies were proud to be wearing Wilde Lake on their shirts, even when they were losing," coach Samantha McElvaney said. "They had poise when the game was rough … And, as a team, they were victorious."
Sophomores Kike Lawoyin (A) and Faith Taylor (M) were the team's leading scorers. Taylor Tobias, a sophomore, was named the team's breakthrough player after leading the defense in goals, interceptions and caused turnovers.
A back-and-forth game against Reservoir, which the Wildecats won in the closing seconds, was among the season's memorable moments. Freshman Taylor Baird played goalie for the first time and made several big stops, helping get the team into a tie game in the final minute. Then, with time running down, Tobias intercepted a pass and fired an eight-meter shot to win the game.
Atholton went beyond fundamentals this season, with a focus on hitting, defensive versatility and learning to compete. On its way to a 7-10 record, the Raiders improved from a scoreless first outing to an average of 10 runs per game, including a five-game winning streak. "We won because our team was focused and ready for battle. Once we started doing well, it boosted our confidence," said team captain Dannielle Markovitz.
The players wanted to hit at every practice — as a result, the team netted a .376 batting average.
Team MVP Caitlyn Burmester was extremely valuable, something the team realized when she went out with an injury. Her first two games back, she went 4-5, while knocking in five runs. Burmester, a varsity basketball player, led the Raiders in fielding percentage from her first base position with just one error. She also led the team with a .684 batting average.
Players filled in on defense whenever needed, often excelling at new positions. Ceara Mercilliott and Stacey Bloom stretched for throws at first, while Bloom and Dana Dissinger donned the catcher's gear for the first time ever.
The team's Most Improved Player, newcomer Amirah Pitt-Bey, grabbed headlines in two games by making plays at second and in right field. She also hit the benchmark of .300 with the bat.
One fielding goal was to catch every pop fly within reach, and captain Kay Prince, the team's vocal leader, accomplished that feat. Meanwhile, the versatile Dissinger and speedy centerfielder Jaylyn Chandler also excelled.
The Unsung Hero was Rebecca Silver, who faced physical adversity but never faltered as field general behind the plate, at shortstop or as a hitter. The freshman worked well with the pitchers, including Jenny Mathews, who stifled many opposing batters with changes in speed and elevation.
Dissinger, a switch hitter, added slapping from the left-hand side to her repertoire, which propelled her to a .705 on-base percentage and a .500 batting average. The freshman also hit her first home run. Mercilliott, slugging from the third spot in the lineup, provided the offensive spark all season with her timely power.
Markovitz was called up to varsity for the playoffs.
"Every JV game is practice for varsity and for life," said coach Patti Mascone.
Centennial went through the entire season without being shutout on its way to putting together a 9-9 overall record. There were only 11 players on the roster, so the hard work and resiliency to injury of each individual was especially important.
Five freshmen started for the Eagles, including at major positions like first base, third, catcher and pitcher. Freshman Emily Davis was named offensive MVP and freshman Jordan Ciraolo was named defensive MVP.
Sophomore Brita Hawtof was a captain and field leader from her shortstop position, while sophomore Abbey Strott was also a captain and named the team's unsung hero.