In the 22-year history of the Johns Hopkins' women's soccer program, there has never been a more accomplished player than Hannah Kronick.
The Blue Jays' senior forward cemented her legacy Sept. 20, when she became the all-time leading scorer in Centennial Conference history. Already the school's career scoring leader, Kronick became the Centennial's pace-setter in goals and total points with an assist and a goal during a 3-0 win against Washington College. Kronick, who ranks second in conference history in assists, has posted career totals of 75 goals, 34 assists and 184 points.
"I haven't really grasped the full magnitude of [the record]," said Kronick, a native of Westfield, N.J. "Coming in, I certainly didn't think that this would happen. It's a huge accomplishment."
Kronick, who sets the pace for Johns Hopkins with 10 goals and five assists, has led the Blue Jays to three NCAA tournament berths, including consecutive spots in the Elite Eight in 2012 and 2013. Johns Hopkins, which was ranked eighth in the Oct. 7 Division III National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, could be headed back to the postseason again. Entering the third week of October, the Blue Jays are 11-2 overall and their 5-0 league mark puts them in the Centennial Conference lead. Kronick would love to not only reach the tournament for a fourth consecutive year, but make a run at the national title.
"The national recognition has been really nice, but I hope that this season ends with our team winning something important," said Kronick, who earned first-team NSCAA All-America honors in 2013 after a third-team selection in 2012. "Hopefully, that's a national championship. We haven't been able to get past the Elite Eight, but we're in a really tough region. We need to peak in the postseason this year."
A starter since the first game of her college career, Kronick adjusted quickly to the college game. During her freshman season, she tied for the team lead in goals (19) with All-America forward Erica Suter. After Suter's graduation, Kronick became the focal point of the offense, totaling 24 goals in 2012 and 22 goals in 2013.
"The game was so much faster than I'd ever played before, especially the decision-making part," said Kronick, an International Studies major who carries a 3.47 GPA and earned Academic All-America recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America and the NSCAA last season. "But my coach gave me a chance, and I had a bunch of good players around me. At first, I felt out of place, but I tried to learn as much as I could by watching the other players."
According to Johns Hopkins head coach Leo Weil, Kronick's strong work ethic has enabled her to break through double and triple-teams to become the leading scorer in Hopkins and Centennial Conference history.
"She's one of the few people that I've ever had to tell that she was working too hard," said Weil, who has guided the Hopkins' program throughout its 22-year history. "Hannah is a unique player. When I was recruiting her, I don't think I ever saw her score a goal. I had no idea that she would turn out to be the goal scorer that she has become. Hannah could probably have a lot more goals if she was a little more selfish, but she's all about the team and doesn't like the focus to be on her."
Although Kronick's college career will end later this fall, a professional soccer career remains an option.
"I've played two years of summer soccer with the Jersey Blues in the WPSL, and I've gotten to compete with a lot of D-I girls," said Kronick, who spent the spring semester of her junior year studying in Barcelona, Spain. "Playing abroad definitely appeals to me. I just don't want to be done in December."
Soccer Turnarounds At McDaniel, Stevenson
In 2012, the McDaniel women's soccer team welcomed a new head coach in Sandy Lagana, but still endured its eighth consecutive losing season. The Green Terror made a quick turnaround in 2013, posting a 13-5-1 record. A year later, they are building on their progress.
McDaniel entered the third week of October with a 7-2-3 mark. The Green Terror has been led by a mix of youth and upperclassmen who went through the losing seasons. Sophomore forward Nicole Hill is the team's top offensive threat, with four goals and seven assists. Senior forward Meghan Sturgill and junior forward Maggie Quinn have scored four goals each, and sophomore goalkeeper Haley Jacobs (0.47 goals-allowed average) has been a strong backstop.
The Stevenson men's soccer program has also recovered from a rough stretch. After winning 14 games in 2010, the Mustangs endured three losing seasons before their 2014 reversal of fortune. Coach John Plevyak's squad won eight of its first nine games this season, and closed the second week of October with a 9-5-1 record. A balanced scoring attack, led by senior midfielder/forward Yianni Sarioglou (four goals, four assists), has helped Stevenson to its best start in several years.