River Hill had its most successful season ever in 2013, finishing with an 8-3 county record and a 9-5 overall mark.
The biggest highlight of the Hawks' season was a hard-fought, 8-7, win over Marriotts Ridge, which capped a five-game winning streak. The young, freshman-dominated team discovered they could play with anyone, even in close losses to perennial powerhouses Fallston, Glenelg, C. Milton Wright and Mt. Hebron.
The offense was led by freshman attackman Jake Friedman (41 goals, 15 assists), whose goals total set a new school JV record. Friedman's success was bolstered by fantastic midfield play from sophomore captain Brady Brunett (15 goals, 4 assists) and freshman Danny Isaac (15 goals, 8 assists) — who were also tops on the team in ground balls.
The Hawks attack also received contributions from sophomore Andrew Malone (10 goals, 3 assists), and freshmen Ben Chodnicki (10 goals, 14 assists), Michael Kozel (8 goals) and Ryan Beitzel (8 goals).
Only playing one quarter before going down with an Achilles tendon injury, freshman Dan Schulman (2 goals, 1 assist) proved that he will be a force to reckon with in the future. Freshmen Sam Margolis and Travis Remson, along with sophomores Matt Jun and Shawn Kyung rounded out scoring for the River Hill midfield.
The defense once again proved to be the team's greatest asset, giving up a mere 3.8 goals against per game. Leading the way was sophomore captain Brian Decker (1 goal, 17 ground balls), who made the successful transition from defensive midfielder to close defense. Another midfielder convert, Johnny Moseman, also learned on the fly to become a top defender. Freshmen starters Tim French and Tyler Bond rounded out the unit.
Brandon Kim, Ryan Steinberg and Luke Turney proved to be threats at both ends of the field. Freshmen Wade Lewis and Griffin Brightbill, along with sophomore Alex Gorinson were bright spots coming off the bench.
Goalies Noah Thyberg (37 saves) and Spencer Gray (37 saves) combined to make a formidable duo.
The Wilde Lake squad consisted of mostly first-year players and finished 3-8 in the county and 3-9 overall, but the improvement was evident as the season progressed.
Ernie Fermin was the offensive leader with 16 goals and 89 ground balls. Other offensive contributors were Patrick Riley (6 goals, 5 assists), Stephen Finnegan (4 goals), Chris Johnson (4 goals, 2 assists), Amenu McGruder (8 goals) and Jerry Shi (2 goals, 2 assists).
The defense was led by captains Britte Oppong and Justin Allen — whose leadership was key in the team's efforts throughout the season.
First-year player Michael Casey was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts in goal. He ended the season with 70 saves.
Freshmen Isiah Zamora and Jarrett Scott led the team in faceoff wins and showed drastic improvement throughout the season.
Head coach Chris Faries cites the highlight of the season as an overtime victory against Oakland Mills, 5-4.
"We were down 4-2 with three minutes left," Faries said. "Chris Johnson scored off of Ben Brigulio's assist then Ernie Fermin scored on Patrick Riley's assist with 30 seconds left in the game to take it to overtime. Patrick Riley scored the winning-goal with 29 seconds remaining. It was a team effort to get this win."