The Georgetown Day School boys' soccer team played the entire season without a home field of its own, but that didn't derail its run to the first Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament championship in team history.
The Mighty Hoppers finished 14-4-2 and defeated defending champion Sidwell Friends, 3-1, in the MAC tournament final on Nov. 6. The team's first conference tournament title since joining the league in 1998 followed its first regular season banner in four seasons.
"We never really had two bad games in a row," Coach Harold Newton said. "They never lost their psyche and they just kept coming back."
The Mighty Hoppers played all of their games on the road because the athletic facilities at the school are being renovated. The school rented a field at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown to host three "home" games at season's end.
Senior striker Jeff Tracy led the team with 19 goals and 10 assists. Six of his goals either tied games or were game-winners. Zach Perillaman added 13 goals and eight assists, including the game-tying and game-winning goals in the tournament championship. In all, four players scored 10 or more goals.
Said Newton: "We just had a team effort."
Courtland won its second straight Virginia A/AA field hockey championship in familiar fashion on Saturday: Same site as last year (Charlottesville High), same opponent (Chancellor), and same score (4-3).
"It's kind of eerie actually," Courtland Coach Amy Anderson said.
The Cougars also had the same hero. Senior Haylee Gunnoe, who scored the winning goal in last year's game, provided the difference in this year's as well. Although last season Gunnoe scored in the final minute, this time Gunnoe's tally with 11 minutes left put Courtland (19-6) up 4-1 before the Chargers (19-3) rallied to make it a one-goal game.
Despite being the defending champion, Courtland was a decided underdog. The Cougars finished third behind Chancellor and James Monroe in the AA Battlefield District and second to Chancellor in the Region I playoffs.
"We saved the best for last," Anderson said.
E. Roosevelt on a Run
A day after winning the Maryland 4A championship, Eleanor Roosevelt's girls' cross-country team accepted a bid on Sunday to compete in the Nike Team Nationals, a championship race held Dec. 3 in Portland, Ore.
The top two teams in eight regions, plus four at-large selections, qualify for the meet, which started in 2004. With several strong performances, the Raiders climbed the regional rankings throughout the year and took over the top spot on Friday. A championship performance -- in which they won by 32 points and had the top two individual finishers, junior Marika Walker and freshman Teshika Rivers -- clinched the berth.
"We're ecstatic," Coach Desmond Dunham said. "This is something these girls have been working hard for all season." . . .
Good Counsel rebounded from a loss in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference volleyball tournament final to capture the Maryland/D.C. Private School Volleyball tournament crown over Mount DeSales Saturday, 15-25, 25-22, 25-17, 21-25, 15-9.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Emanuele led the Falcons (22-3) with 26 kills, 5 aces, 37 digs, and 4 blocks. Freshman Becky West picked up 15 service points, 7 aces and 71/2 blocks.
Mount DeSales's fast-paced offense caught Good Counsel off guard in the first game, but the Falcons revised their game plan and improved dramatically on defense. "We started to figure out how their offense was going to run," Coach Karen Kart said, "and we came up with a pretty good game plan centered around blocking." . . .
Wilson's boys' soccer team won its first-round DCIAA tournament match yesterday over McKinley, 15-0.
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