by Dave Levy, Athletics Director
A record number of 105 athletes participated in Fall Athletics. The Cross Country team earned its sixth consecutive Small Schools Championship, and the team will raise yet another banner in the gym to commemorate their success. The Girls Soccer team was nearly undefeated, pushing every opponent to their limits. The 4/5 Boys Soccer team rallied from a 4-0 deficit on their home field, while the Middle School Boys Soccer team beat rival Barnesville on the road. For all of the athletes, coaches, and families involved, the 2019 Fall Season represented incredible success, sportsmanship, and growth.
The Cross Country team competed with and beat the best runners in the Washington metro area. The team dominated at Norwood, placing 7 runners in the top 10. Additionally, the Boys team earned second place at Sandy Spring while the girls finished second at St Anselm’s—both meets had 13 teams participating. In the 4th–6th Grade Division at Congressional’s Think Pink Invitational, the boys took third place, led by Amare who finished third overall.
For the sixth season in a row, the Lowell Cross Country team won the Small School Championships held at Barrie. Lowell dominated the ten-team meet, placing three runners in the top five and 10 in the top 15. Mac (12:22) was the overall winner and set a course record!
Lowell was invited to participate in the MD/DC Private School Championships at Landon School, where they competed on an incredibly challenging course with nearly 250 runners and 22 teams. Amare (14:42) placed 27th to lead the boys' team while Josie (17:50) placed 34th to pace the girls. Both teams finished 5th/22 teams defeating Saint Andrew’s, Washington Episcopal and Burke among others. Both teams also placed all of their top five runners in the top 50.
The Leopards have been training since mid-August and improved throughout the season. The team earned personal records as they trained hard in Rock Creek Park logging tons of miles and battling through challenging interval workouts. The Leopards return an incredibly strong group of young runners and are poised to go after their seventh Small School Championship next season.
Each of the Lowell soccer teams enjoyed great success. Finishing with a record of 5-1-1, the Girls Soccer team was nearly flawless this season. In the season opener, the Leopards traveled to Lab School and earned a 6-1 victory behind two goals from Kayla and Maggie. The team played terrific team defense to protect a narrow lead. With a group of athletes that includes 4th–8th graders, the Leopards worked beautifully together and had contributions from many different players. Sixth graders Winnie and Maggie both scored in an exciting battle at Waldorf while the Leopards enjoyed strong defense from Natasha, Elodie, Bella, and Ella in front of their tough goaltender, Clara. The team finished their season with a 6-0 win at Waldorf School, with 8th grade striker Kayla powering the offense one final time. The Leopards are loaded with young talent and are excited for the future!
The 4/5 Boys Soccer team played tough on the road—battling with St Patrick’s and Woods Academy. The team got on the scoreboard in each game, including an amazing comeback at Lowell. With the team down 4-0 to Milton School, the Leopards rallied behind Luca’s hat trick to finish with a 6-6 tie! The Leopards ended the season on a high note, and many of the players are 5th graders. Our Middle School coaches are very excited to have them play at the next level.
The Middle School Boys Soccer team enjoyed great leadership from Eli, their 8th grade goaltender. Eli kept the Leopards in every game while Danzi, Cheikh, and Grant played strong defense in front of him. Leo got the scoring going, earning his first goal of the season at Lab School. The Leopards played a number of close games, always playing the second half better than the first. Emilio and Alejandro led the team in shots on goal attacking the net. The Leopards won at Barnesville on the road with Ezra tallying a hat trick and also finished the season with a victory over the German School. With eight 6th graders on the roster, the Leopards will be poised for an excellent season in 2020.