Sophomore captain Ryan Land was a catalyst in the midfield — finishing with 21 goals and 25 assists while accumulating a .720 faceoff win percentage. Eric Schroeder led the way on attack with 66 goals and 34 assists.
Freshman attack Tristan Kelehan got his high school career off to a strong start, accounting for 36 goals and 23 assists. Sophomore midfielder Owen Gerus scooped up 68 ground balls to go along with 19 goals and 13 assists.
Howard was not only an offensive machine, however, as the defense was just as stellar. The Lions allowed three goals per contest while scoring 14 points each outing.
Sophomore goalie Justin Overstreet had a save percentage of .710, boasting six shutouts with the help of sophomore defenders Michael Patton, Brian Kutler and Griffen Robinette; and freshmen Josh Vetter, Vanden Vale and Nick Kundrat.
Marriotts Ridge (10-4) had another strong season, finishing in the top half of the county. Key players on offense included Matt Kennedy (36 goals, 5 assists), Troy Hensh (28 goals, 7 assists), Josh Koller (13 goals, 14 assists) and Raffi Mannarelli (20 goals, 6 assists, won 72 percent of faceoffs).
The Mustangs defense was led by freshmen Bladen Miller and Casey Allwein, along with sophomore Brandon Lowe.
"We were a very young team this year with several underclassman being moved up to varsity," coach Dan Sageman said. "I am very proud how much the players improved by season's end. Two of our losses were by just one goal."
Mt. Hebron built its season on defense with players like Will Hamman, Shahine Manassterli and Peter Kump.
The Vikings went 8-2 in county play and 10-2 overall. Matt Murphy and Brian Demek came up big on the offensive end, and depth at the midfield was key with Stefan Chavis, Conner Maloney and Brady Burman-Magday.
Head coach Steve Beninghove cited a come-from-behind win over River Hill as a highlight of the season.
"What will make this a standout year for me was not having a goalie, and Nick Suri stepping in to be one of the best in the county," Benninghove said.
Oakland Mills continued to improve its record for the fourth straight season with key wins against Long Reach and Hammond.
The highlight of the season came in a victory against Centennial, the program's first ever win over the Eagles on the JV level and it came at the Norman Flecker Memorial Tournament hosted by Atholton. A heated overtime battle with Wilde Lake under the lights, which ended in a 5-4 loss, was another bright spot.
Three sophomores moved up to varsity at the beginning of the year and another four players made the transition midway through the season, leaving the Scorpions with a few holes to fill.
Oakland Mills was led by Austin Hughes, who tallied 20 goals and five assists in only nine games before moving up. He was named Most Valuable Player on the JV.
The defense was led by goalie Jesse Ketchum, who was a game-changer between the pipes. Ketchum was also moved up to play in the final six games on varsity — highlighted by a complete game against River Hill and a strong performance against Marriotts Ridge.
Other key contributors included faceoff specialist Matt Claxton (7 goals, 5 assists) before moving up and Jordan Snead, who earned the Coaches Award for scoring at key times and filling in at goalie towards the end of the year.
Long pole midfielder Kian Kelley-Chung provided speed and Antonio Rozier led the team in ground balls and takeaways to earn defensive MVP.
Kenneth Wash and Kholton Allen helped provide some much needed offense toward the end of the season, scoring four goals a piece.
Sixteen players from last year's JV team lettered on the varsity squad this season, helping to build a solid foundation for the 2014 season.