The Greatest Fall Season Ever

The Greatest Fall Season Ever

The 2019 Fall Sports Season was historic! Historic, let that settle in for a moment. A school that started in 1784 and won its 1st championship in any sport in 1938 (The Boys Lacrosse Team won the M.S.A title) just had a historic season. Well, that is exactly what happened to the school on Charles St. this Fall.

Let’s take a look.

The Friends School of Baltimore participates in MIAA (Boys) and IAAM (Girls) leagues across 5 sports in the fall. Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Volleyball and Girls Tennis are all played each Fall. This Fall, Friends School of Baltimore won FOUR championships and participated in 5. The Quakers have 10 total sports teams in the fall, so 50% went to the finals and 40% of the teams won championships. Historic Indeed.

Varsity Field Hockey:

After getting to the Championship in 2018, but falling short the team was on a mission in 2019. For the second year in a row they only lost 2 games in conference, but unlike 2018 where they were the number 1 seed and hosted QF and SF games on Deering field, this year the team headed into the playoffs as the 3rd seed. The team defeated Indian Creek 1 – 0 in the Quarters, but then headed on the road to rival Mercy. The Quakes beat Mercy on their field earlier in the year, only for the Magic to return the favor at Friends a month later. The Quakes went down 1 – 0 at the half but stormed back with 2 goals in the second half and earned their 3rd straight trip to the Championship. This time the team would face PARK, the Quakes broke the Bruins with a 1 – 0 win at the school’s rivalry on the Park campus 3 weeks before the Championship game. Like the game against Mercy, the Quakes fell behind 1 – 0 at the half, only to storm back and win their 1st Championship since 2004. More detail can be found here!

Girls Volleyball:

In 2 of the past 3 seasons the Quakes came up one match short, dropping the championship matches in 2016 and 2018, but 1st-year coach David Thorne led the Quakes to a 7 – 1 regular-season record and a 2nd place finish in 2019. The team rolled through the playoffs blanking Oldfield and Concordia Prep to get to their 3rd championship game in 3 years. Turned out the 3rd time was the charm and the Quakes defeated St. Timothy’s 3 games to 1 to win their 1st championship since 2010. Please read more about their championship win here and here!

JV Boys Soccer:

For the 3rd time in the school’s history the JV Boys Soccer team won its 3rd straight title (they won championships from 1976 – 1978 and 2002 – 2005) defeating St. Mary’s 2 – 0 in the championship game. This team was special in every way as they went undefeated with a 14 – 0 record and only gave up 5 goals the entire year, none of which were in the playoffs. Offensively that amassed 57 goals, which was 37 more than any other team in their conference. Those numbers are staggering and dare I say historic. The team in 2020 will look to equal the run by the 2002 – 2005 team and win their 4th championship in a row!
Boys Varsity Soccer:

The team made it to their 3rd straight championship game by defeating Saints Peter and Paul 2 – 0 in the Semifinals on Deering Field. In the championship, they would once again face Concordia Prep. In 2017 the Quakes defeated Concordia for its 1st championship since 1999. Last year Concordia returned the favor denying the Quakes back to back championships, the 3rd installment of teams promised to be an instant classic and the game did not disappoint. The teams were knotted scoreless at the end of the 1st half. In the second half Concordia struck first as after two terrific saves by Sam Whitman ’22, Concordia found the games' first goal. The game remained 1 – 0 Concordia until Ned Forbush ‘21 buried a PK to tie the game with 8 minutes left. In the final 30 seconds of regulation, Concordia was given a PK. They skied the ball over the crossbar and the game went into overtime. Fitting that these teams would have to settle their rivalry in OT, but Concordia found the back of the net with 2 minutes gone by in OT to take their 2nd straight championship. The Boys Varsity Soccer teams 3rd straight appearance in the finals is once again historic. They will try for their 4th straight championship appearance in 2020.

Girls Varsity Soccer:

The team finished with a 10-7-1 record and in 5th place in their conference. Their season ended with a heartbreaking 2 -1 double-overtime loss at Bryn Mawr. In their 7 losses on the season, 6 of them were by one goal. Winners of 5 of their last 6 games, this team improved as the season went on. Their 5 – 0 win on Rivalry Day at Park and 4 – 1 win at Gerstell were 2 of the seasons' biggest highlights. The team hopes to continue its growth and welcome the 9 rising 8th graders to the team in 2020.

JV Girls Volleyball:

This team was nothing but a joy to watch this year. They struggled early but never gave up and finished with a 4 – 4 record in their last 8 matches, including a sweep of Concordia on Friday Night Volleyball in front of a packed house. In their last match of the year (Scarlet and Gray Day) vs Coppin Academy, the Quakes won 2 games to 1. Watch out for these Quakes next year!

JV Girls Soccer:

4-10-2 was their final record but just having a JV team was huge for the Girls Soccer program in 2019. It was the 1st time in 5 years the school would have a JV team, so as a program the future is looking brighter and brighter. Not all schools in the IAAM have a JV team, so the Quakes took on Varsity level teams from Key, Beth T’filoh and Jemicy in 2019. The had a record of 2 – 1 – 1 in those 4 contests! Wins at Mercersburg Academy in PA and on Deering Field vs Gerstell were other highlights of the year. The future is bright for the Girls Soccer Program at Friends.

Boys JV Volleyball:

Boys VB is a new sport at Friends. In 2018 it was a club level sport and this fall they stepped into the MIAA. April’s Boys (Head Coach April Straus) were nothing but entertaining and more importantly showed great improvement during the season. After losing their first 12 matches of the year the team finally broke through with a 2 to 1, win vs Spalding on October 16th. See the exciting end here! For Scarlet and Gray Day, the team took on Gilman for the 3rd time. The first 2 meetings were both swept by Gilman but the team played inspired and almost pulled the upset as you can see here, but ultimately fell to Gilman 2 to 1…We look forward to the budding program building.

Girls Varsity Tennis:

Improving year over year from 3 - 4 to 5 - 2 the Quakes improved to a 3rd place finish in 2019. After dropping their 1st 2 matches of the year the team went 5 – 1 over their next 6 matches. Unfortunately, injuries took a toll on a promising run. With losing only 2 seniors to graduation, the team is primed for a championship run in 2020.

Girls Varsity Cross Country:

For the 1st time EVER, the GXC team had a winning record going 6 - 5 on the season. On October 8th, they raced Gerstell and St. Johns at Gerstell. They ran amazing! On by far the hilliest course they saw all year (including the Championship course) they ran super strong and beat both Gerstell (15 – 40) and St. Johns (26 – 29). They avenged an earlier season loss to St. Johns. Sophie Weinman ‘21 was second overall in that race. Losing only two runners to graduation, 2020 should see even more improvement!

So, that does it for the Fall, what an amazing season it was! Onto to winter we go!

Wait, do not go yet, I almost forgot…I was saving the best for last.

Boys Varsity Cross Country:

A president once said, “well there you go again” I will assume he was talking about the 2019 Boys Cross Country team, because…Not your 1-time, 2-time, 3- time or even 4-time...but your reigning defending undefeated 5-time champs! They did it again! Placing 4 runners in the top 10 including Henry Griffith ‘20 who finished in 3rd overall in the varsity race and 1st in the conference with a time of 16:51! For the season they were a perfect 14 – 0 in meets. Can they do it again in 2020? Only time will tell as big shoes will need to be filled as the seniors' graduate. Historic!

OK, that is really it for the fall, well unless you wanted to watch one more time some history, thanks to Christopher Armstrong ‘21!
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