Don’t let the senior’s eye-popping offensive numbers fool you. Yes, Friedman finished this season with 27 goals and 35 assists to lead the Blazers to their second straight — and second ever — Interscholastic Association of Maryland A Conference title. But it’s her complete game, including her tenacious defense, accurate passing and team leadership, that sets this midfielder apart.
Despite often facing double and triple teams, she had a direct hand in more than half of NDP’s 121 goals and led its postseason run by scoring the game-winners in the semifinals against Archbishop Spalding and the championship game against Garrison Forest. She also showed maturity, stepping back when needed to let open teammates shine on offense.