“I hope the girls would agree that it was a good balance of everything,” Counts said. “Everything was pretty structured, but they had time to relax on the beach and at the pool, too. We try and hide the work into the plan.”
That plan produced an utterly dominant team in 2011. The Warhawks outscored opponents 407-152 in going 21-0, and won all but two games by at least eight goals.
Madison graduated only three seniors from that team — one being All-Met midfielder Allison Hahn — and returned 84 percent of its scoring, making the Warhawks a logical preseason favorite to repeat as Northern Region champions. Senior Julia Kehoe, junior Carly Frederick and sophomore Katie Kerrigan lead a balanced attack that averages 16.6 goals per game through five games this spring.
Senior Megan Bisson, junior Alex Roop, Kehoe and freshman Katie Sciandra have all missed time this spring, and the loss of junior goalie Taylor Rivera-Silva to a lower back injury was the most troubling. But freshman Sigourney Heerink has held her own in Rivera-Silva’s absence, starting all five games and keeping her team on track.
“You could look to your bench and see all the girls standing and not in uniform and have that be overwhelming,” Counts said. “But it is nice to be able to step back and see the outcome.”
Through it all, the Warhawks continue to extend the area’s longest winning streak — which sits at 26 heading into Friday’s key Liberty District tilt against Langley. But Counts and her players don’t talk about the streak — they prefer to focus on the task at hand.
“Being unbeaten is great, but we prefer to play the best we can... and not be beaten,” Counts said. “It’s nice to know that we’re not at full strength and we’re still playing well enough to win games.” . . .
Some of the area’s best private school teams will match up with top competition from across the nation on Saturday in Alexandria. Top-ranked Georgetown Visitation, Good Counsel and host St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes highlight the 12-team field at the 21st annual Spring Fling. The event, which also features Holy Cross and Holy Child from the Washington area, includes 11 games over four sessions, beginning at 10 am. ....
No. 4 Severna Park (5-0) enjoyed a strong spring break, avenging a pair of private school losses from last season at the Anne Arundel Community College tournament. The Falcons, who have won four of the past five Maryland 4A/3A titles, held off Severn, 11-9, behind four goals from junior Morgan Torggler last Thursday. Two days later, Torggler, a Maryland commit and second-team All-Met pick last season, scored five goals in a 13-10 win over Spalding.