The McDonogh School girls lacrosse program in Maryland entered the annals of high school history Thursday with an 18-10 win over St. Paul's. It was the Eagles' 104th straight win, a mark that unofficially amounts to the longest consecutive streak without a loss by any high school girls lacrosse team in the country.
McDonogh, which hasn't been defeated since April 11, 2009, tied a record set by Loch Raven in 1982 and Mount Hebron in 2007 with a victory over Marriotts Ridge on Monday. The Eagles, whose campus is in Owings Mills, Md., have won five consecutive state championships and have been ranked as the country's top team for the past four years.
This year's team is relatively inexperienced, only seven seniors are on the roster, but players say they are not affected by the pressure of the incredible streak.
"The streak is definitely there, but I feel like we don't think about it that much as a team," junior Elizabeth George told the Baltimore Sun. "We're more focused on just playing well together and winning on our own, not winning for the streak. Every team wants to win, so you try to just play well and play the best you can. If we do that, I think the streak will stay alive."
McDonogh hasn't avoided top competition, and coach Chris Robinson (below) has brought his team out of state to face some of the nation's best teams.
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) April 15, 2014
"Every team that we see has six or seven Division I players," Robinson told the Sun, "and some teams, like [Notre Dame Prep], have 15 of them. We haven't been a team that's dodged any competition. We've played the best from New York and Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Georgia, wherever. Over the last five years, we've played everybody we could get on our schedule and fit in by league rules..."
McDonogh's victory puts them in elite company with other unstoppable high school teams. Perhaps the most notable high school winning streak is that of De La Salle's football program. Behind star players like Amani Toomer, Maurice Jones-Drew and D.J. Williams, the Spartans won 151 straight games from 1992 to 2003. They are the subject of a book by sportswriter Neil Hayes as well as an upcoming film.
Recently, the Duncanville (Texas) girls basketball team had its 105-game winning streak snapped in the state championship game.
The McDonogh lacrosse team will begin a quest for its sixth straight state title on May 5, when the state playoffs begin.