The Washington-Lee ice hockey team started in 2007-08, and since then, it has undergone a serious transformation. In their early days, the Generals had five players and played as part of a joint team with Fairfax in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League’s junior varsity division. They have grown into a team with a full 25-player roster in the Capital Scholastic Hockey League.
At one point during the team’s development, it had a combined team with its eventual competition in this season’s CSHL final, T.C. Williams. But the Generals buried their former allies by scoring two goals within the first 44 seconds, both from senior Austin Pick, and holding on for the 4-3 championship victory.
“Our advantage throughout the playoffs was that we had a deep, talented team that plays fast,” Coach Matt Seney said. “This allows us to wear down our opponents and take over in the third period.”
Part of that deep squad are the 10 freshman that Seney played during the championship game. He hopes those players will grow into larger roles over the course of their high school careers.
“With so many freshmen playing key roles, it is important to have strong leadership from our seniors to guide the team and ensure we stayed focused and played our game,” Seney said. “Our youngsters are really talented and played really well the entire season.”
Here are the final top 10 rankings of the season:
1. Gonzaga (15-8-1) Last ranked: 1
Forwards Farrell Dinn and Kurt Bruun were named to the all-Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League second team.
2. DeMatha (25-8-2) LR: 4
Defenseman Christian Halbig and forward Erick Reiniger were named first-team all-MAPHL.
3. Georgetown Prep (14-4-1) LR: 5
James Flannery was named MAPHL player of the year, and forward Alex Chaconas made the second team.
4. Churchill (16-7-2) LR: 6
The Bulldogs claimed their fifth consecutive Maryland Student Hockey League title with a third-period surge in a 5-4 win over Wootton.
5. Washington-Lee (10-2-1) LR: 8
The Generals will graduate CSHL second-team defender Victor Hugo, but they will bring back the bulk of their roster next season.
6. Langley (9-3-2) LR: NR
The Saxons claimed their first Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League championship thanks to Christian Schampel’s early tally and a 30-save performance from NVSHL first-team goalie Max Campbell in a 4-2 win over Briar Woods.
7. Chantilly (10-2) LR: 2
Despite NVSHL player of the year Owen Morgan’s best effort, the Chargers were upset in the league’s semifinals by Langley.
8. T.C. Williams (11-3) LR: 7
The Titans fell just short of winning back-to-back CSHL championships. Forward Jason Townsend was named CSHL player of the year.
9. St. John’s (14-7-2) LR: 9
Forward Quinn Kennedy and goalie Jack Spicer were named to the MAPHL first team.
10. Wootton (15-5-1) LR: 3
The Patriots’ offensive outburst in the first period against Churchill wasn’t enough to claim their second MSHL title.
Dropped out: Spalding
On the bubble: Briar Woods, Spalding, St. Albans