After scoring a goal in the fourth quarter against Sherwood, Our Lady of Good Counsel sophomore Stephan Haase dropped to one knee and gave an elongated fist pump.
It was his seventh goal of the game, the most goals he’s scored in a game since middle school, and showed what the Falcons’ young roster can do when things are clicking.
With only six seniors on the team, Good Counsel is still trying to find its identity and is making strides to becoming a competitive team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Association.
Three other underclassmen are seeing extended playing time. Sophomore defenseman P.J. McIntyre and freshman attackman John McGovern are in the starting lineup. Sophomore Ryan Lynch is in the faceoff rotation.
“We have a promising future if these kids continue to work hard, jell and get reps in games,” Good Counsel coach Matt Durkin said.
Durkin also noted the play of junior goalie Dylan Szot who has given them consistency in the net.
“We’ve faced a lot of tough opponents where he made a lot of big saves,” Durkin said. “He’s very poised in the clear. He quarterbacks the clear and he brings an intensity to the field that brushes off on the defense. They play harder for him.”
Through four games as of Monday, no one has been able to get the better of Walter Johnson.
The Wildcats have wins against Gaithersburg, Quince Orchard, Northwest and Watkins Mill with an average of 13 goals scored per game and 3.5 goals against.
“We’ve definitely got a solid unit back from last year,” Walter Johnson coach Alan Pohoryles said. “A lot of guys have really stepped up, but we’re not a team that we can rest at all because we have a tough schedule the rest of the way.”
That tough schedule gets more intense on Thursday when the Wildcats face Winston Churchill, also undefeated through four games and the defending 4A/3A West region champions. Following that, the Wildcats play Thomas S. Wootton (3-1) on Saturday.
“That’s definitely going to be a good indicator of what we need to work on,” Pohoryles said. “If you look at our division alone, any six teams could win the division and I don’t think you can say that about any of the other divisions. If you don’t win the games you have to win you can fall from a third seed to a 12th seed in two quick games.”
How they rank
2. Winston Churchill
3. Thomas S. Wootton
4. Georgetown Prep
5. Walter Johnson
Landon at Bullis, 7 p.m., Friday
Bullis is the defending Interstate Athletic Conference regular season champions while Landon won the IAC tournament a year ago