Dougherty-Howard is a dark horse for Rookie of the Year. A third round pick, she’s become a mainstay in Washington’s midfield. Although she has only scored one goal, her role in quickly restarting an attack would probably see her lead the team in secondary assists if they were tracked. She is an aggressive player who always gets herself in the mix, leading the team in fouls won. Her vision of passing lanes and ability to perfectly place a long pass is among the best in the 2017 class, and she has been a bright spot in an otherwise dim season for the Spirit.