4 Championship Appearances, 2 Titles: A 2018 Fall Athletics Recap

Ken Zalis, Sports Information Director
Just two weeks ago I asked you to think again about Friends Athletics as we had a magical 24 hours on and off campus. Since that time, the Fall Athletics season has ended, and Winter sports have begun, and I'm sure you're wondering how our teams closed out the fall. Seven of our eight Upper School teams participated in the finals or championship events and finished the season full of pride!

Below is a summary of how each team finished their season:

Girls Varsity Soccer, stacked with many freshman and sophomores, played their best soccer of the year down the stretch winning two of their last three regular season games. The lone loss in the mix was a 1 – 0 defeat at Roland Park Country School (RPCS), the eventual IAAM champion. In their quarterfinal playoff game against Mt. de Sales (MDS), a team that defeated the Quakes 7 – 0 one month earlier, the team showed just how far they'd come. The game was scoreless at the half with Friends controlling most of the game. With 20 minutes left, MDS broke the tie with a goal. The Quakes fought until the end but couldn't find the back of the net and ended their season with a 1-0 loss.

Girls Varsity Tennis started the season on fire, winning two of their first three matches. They hit a rough patch in the middle of the year, dropping three matches in a row. In the semifinals, the doubles team of Meghan Woolford '21 and Annie Xenakis '21 lost in three sets. This young team will be a force to reckon with going forward.

Girls Varsity Cross Country had its best season ever! You can read all the details here. Lead by co-captains Dora Hilker ’19 and Juliette Aze ’19, the team ran to a 7 – 2 overall record and finished in 2nd place in the IAAM regular season, the best finish in their history!

Varsity Girls Volleyball ended their season tied for 1st place with a 7 – 1 record and played in the IAAM Championship match at Goucher College. In the finals, they lost to Indian Creek, the only conference team to defeat them this season. During their playoff run, they defeated Garrison Forest and Glenelg County School without dropping a game. Over the last three years, the team has compiled an 18 – 7 conference record, making the championship match twice, which makes this team the best Friends Volleyball team since 2010!

Varsity Field Hockey finished the regular season 10 – 2 and headed to the IAAM playoffs as the top seed, earning a bye into the Semifinals. In the semifinal game, they defeated Catholic 2 to 1 to advance to the Championship, searching for their first title since 2004. The team played hard but fell 3 – 1 to The Key School. 

JV Boys Soccer only lost three games all year, two of those losses to Boys Latin (BL). On September 17, BL beat the Quakes 3 to 2 on their campus and then on October 5, won again 2 – 0 on Deering Field. In between those loses, the Quakes went 4 – 0 – 1 to secure the 2nd overall seed in the league, earning a home semifinal game. In the semifinal game vs. Sts. Peter and Paul, the Quakes, were determined to have another crack at BL and make it to their third JV championship in a row. The Quakes scored early and often, pulling off a 5 – 2 win and setting up a third straight championship appearance vs. BL. Last year the Quakes defeated BL to win the Championship after losing to BL on Deering field the year before. What a game it was! You can read all about it here as perfectly described by Upper School Principal, Steve McManus. In the end, the Quakes “drained the lake” in PK’s and won their second straight JV Championship! You can watch the PK’s here.

The Boys Varsity Soccer team entered the 2018 season with two goals. One was to repeat as champions after defeating Concordia Prep last season and two, go #ALLINFOR7 and play for Stephen Bogusky ‘18. After graduating 12 seniors last year, the Quakes finished the regular season 10-4-2, coming in 3rd place in the MIAA “B” Conference. The team upset second-seeded Severn 2 - 1 to get to its second straight title game. The championship game turned at the end of the first half with 9 seconds left, and Concordia got the only goal they needed, defeating the Quakes 3 – 0.

Last, but certainly not least, the Boys Cross Country team ran into 2018 with a target on their back as three-time defending champs looking for a very rare #Fourpeat. The Quakes made it to the Championship race with a perfect 9-0 record in the regular season. At the Championship race, the Quakes placed SIX runners in the top 16 and FOUR within the top 10 including Henry Griffith ’20 in 2nd and Alex Prichett ’19 in 5th. Sam Pate ’22 finished 13th and was the top freshman in the race. The Quakes claimed their fourth straight MIAA Championship! Next fall they'll attempt to win their 5th straight title.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Friends Athletic Director, Kara Carlin, announced that Boys Volleyball would enter into the MIAA in 2019 after the Boys JV club team had a terrific showing this fall.

Four championship games made and two titles isn't a bad way to start the year!

As I've said before (and why not say it again) if you think you know Friends Athletics, THINK AGAIN. #GoQuakes

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