By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 4/17/14
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The McDonogh School girls’ lacrosse team has etched its name in history.
The Eagles raced to a 12-1 lead today and coasted to an 18-10 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) victory over St. Paul’s School to claim their 104th straight win and break the national record of consecutive victories.
The mark of 103 was set by Maryland schools Loch Raven (1982) and Mt. Hebron (2007). McDonogh last lost on April 11, 2009, to New York’s Canandaigua Academy, 12-10.
Since then the Eagles have won five straight IAAM championships and been atop every national poll.
Some of the wins have been close, like last year’s IAAM championship victory over this same St. Paul’s team, 11-8. But today McDonogh was positively dominant.
Megan Whittle led McDonogh with five goals and two assists while Brindi Griffin and Olivia Jenner each had four goals. Elizabeth George added two goals and three assists.
Whittle downplayed breaking the record.
“We’re really proud of our team and the way we played,” said Whittle. “We focus on one game at a time.
“This is a new team, a new year and a new season so we tried not to think about all the teams in the past. The streak is always a bit in mind, but we just executed today and it happened to be No. 104.”
“We haven’t really thought about the streak. We don’t talk about it, we don’t’ want to add that pressure,” she said. “We just try to play the best we can as a team and if we play our best together then the streak shouldn’t be a question.”
George did speak to the many great McDonogh players that have helped build the streak.
“It’s really cool to think of all the girls in the past 5 years that contributed to the record,” she said. “For us to be the ones here right now carrying it on is great.
“But we still have the rest of the season and we’ve got to keep playing hard. We still want to get the championships and we have some big out-of-conference games.”
Whittle was most proud that the Eagles have taken on all comers and often had to withstand challenges from teams at their best.
“We play the best and we have to show up and bring it every time out,” she said. “It’s their Super Bowl and they circle it on their calendar.
“They are out to get us. I am proud of the way we bring it every game. I am proud to say we can beat the best.”
McDonogh coach Chris Robinson, who has built this team through strong teamwork and unselfish player and unmatched talent, said all the Eagles squads have shown the ability to win together.
“It’s a great feeling to be involved with so many great kids over the past 5 years,” he said. “So many contributed to us being a championship program.
“But the common theme is they have done it as a team. We had some star players and great talents, but playing as a team and playing unselfish lacrosse, moving the ball and working together (are the reasons we have been winning).
“Today wecgot off to little different start. We got off quickly. Most of the time in the first 10 minutes other teams are so energized we have to take the first punch and then make a counter punch.
“Today we blew the doors open early. Throughout the season what’s incredible is that we’re so young. Being so young and handling the pressure has been nice.”