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McDonogh Girls Tie Record For Most Consecutive Wins
On April 14, the McDonogh girls' lacrosse team made history by winning its 103rd consecutive game with a 16-9 victory against Marriotts Ridge.
"Marriotts Ridge is a great team," Eagles head coach Chris Robinson said. "I am just happy that we came to play. And we played really well."
McDonogh has now tied the mark for most consecutive wins, which Loch Raven set in 1982 and Mount Hebron tied in 2007. The Eagles can break the record April 17 at St. Paul's.
Robinson said the record wasn't at the forefront of his team's mind, and the Eagles had been focused on playing a great team in Marriotts Ridge, the defending Maryland 3A/2A champions
"We take everyone's best shot," Robinson said. "It is something that we have gotten used to. We know that we have a huge target on our back and that we are everyone's Super Bowl."
Junior midfielder Elizabeth George scored five goals and had an assist, and senior Megan Whittle had a hat trick for the Eagles.
"We expect our upperclassmen to lead the way," Robinson said. "Whittle and George did play great, but so did Olivia Jenner on the draw. She was amazing."
McDonogh was the first team this season to score more than seven goals against Marriotts Ridge. The Mustangs' nine goals were their lowest scoring output of the season.
"For our defense to hold that explosive offense to nine goals is a great tribute to our low defenders and Gabbe Cadoux in the goal," Robinson said.
Is St. Mary's This Year's MIAA Cinderella Team?
Every year, it seems the MIAA A Conference has a team that emerges to surprise people during the postseason. In 2013, Loyola Blakefield made the playoffs as the sixth and final seed and had a historic run through the playoffs on its way to a conference title.
In 2011, Gilman came back to beat Boys' Latin during the semifinals and went on to win the title. In 2010, St. Paul's found magic during the postseason and won a championship.
The MIAA season is two weeks old, and the team that seems poised for a surprising year is St. Mary's (7-4).
"We have a bunch of guys who are hungry and a little angry," said Ben Rubeor, who is in his second year as the Saints' head coach. "I think they want to get better. Our boys want this, and they will do whatever it takes to get better as a team."
St. Mary's fell short of back-to-back upsets against St. Paul's (losing, 10-9, April 4) and Boys' Latin (falling, 14-13, April 8).
During the loss to the Lakers, senior midfielder Cole Robertson scored seven goals for the Saints, who had a 13-11 lead with seven minutes left during the fourth quarter.
St. Mary's then followed up with a 10-5 victory against Calvert Hall April 11.
"The biggest hurdle is we have to learn how to finish some games," said Rubeor, who starred at Loyola Blakefield and now plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of MLL. "But I think we are a team that continues to improve."
Boys' Schedule For This Week
April 17: McDonogh (Md.) vs. Yorktown (N.Y.)
April 19: Severna Park (Md.) vs. Kent Island (Md.)
Girls' Schedule For This Week
April 17: McDonogh (Md.) vs. St. Paul's (Md.)
April 17: Manhasset (N.Y.) vs. Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
April 22: Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
Boys' Results From Last Week
April 11: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 9, Landon (D.C.) 7
April 12: Boys' Latin (Md.) 11, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 8 -- Shack Stanwick had two goals and three assists for Boys' Latin
April 14: Glenelg (Md.) 10, Quince Orchard (Md.) 5
Girls' Results From Last Week
April 11: Hereford (Md.) 17, Fallston (Md.) 8
April 11: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 17, Collegiate (Va.) 2
April 14: McDonogh (Md.) 16, Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 9
Q&A: Hereford Senior Midfielder Adam Ceribelli
PressBox: With the first month of the season finished, how does the team look?
Adam Ceribelli: The team looks great. We just keep getting better and better week in and week out. The attack is starting to get a feel for each other, cutting off-ball very well. Our defense has upped their intensity, and they look like a unit that has been playing together for a while. We still have things to work on, so we should peak at the right time when May comes around.
PB: What are you, as a senior, trying to tell your teammates to keep them focused?
AC: I think the whole senior class is mainly preaching a message to play with passion and enthusiasm every week, because each game is pivotal in our seeding going into the playoffs. When we play with those two attributes, we play our best lacrosse.
PB: How does it feel to be on the top team in the state year in and year out?
AC: Winning the past six state championships is an unbelievable accomplishment. Every year, we come in with high expectations, but it puts a target on our back. It's rewarding being a part of this team and the past three championships.
PB: You played Boys' Latin. Even though you lost, what was that experience like?
AC: Boys' Latin is an extremely talented team with great history. Playing them at home was a memorable experience, and to get a test like that very early in our season will help us come May when our playoffs start.
PB: You are committed to Towson. You see other former Bulls playing well at the college level. That has to make you feel good about the program you play for.
AC: I'm very happy for Joe [Seider] and Jack [Adams]. I've played with them since elementary school, and it's awesome to see them succeed at the college level. I think coach [Brian] King does an incredible job every day in practice preparing us for the most competitive situations that we will face on the next level, so it's cool to have Hereford alumni do well.
Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20
- Boys' Latin (10-0)
- Georgetown Prep (11-0)
- Landon (9-2)
- DeMatha (12-1)
- Gonzaga (9-4)
- Gilman (7-3)
- St. Paul's (7-4)
- Loyola Blakefield (6-5)
- McDonogh (10-2)
- Hereford (7-2)
- Bullis (8-3)
- Calvert Hall (10-3)
- St. Mary's Annapolis (7-4)
- Mount St. Joseph (7-5)
- Westminster (8-0)
- Arundel (7-1)
- Churchill (8-1)
- Kent Island (6-1)
- Severn (7-6)
- Glenelg (6-4)
Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20
- McDonogh (12-0)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (15-0)
- Georgetown Visitation (7-4)
- Good Counsel (8-3)
- Mt. Hebron (8-0)
- Marriotts Ridge (9-1)
- Notre Dame Prep (7-3)
- Roland Park (8-2)
- Bishop Ireton (9-2)
- Severn (6-4)
- St. Paul's (5-4)
- Hereford (7-0)
- C. Milton Wright (5-1)
- Severna Park (5-1)
- Huntingtown (7-0)
- Oakdale (8-0)
- Century (5-2)
- Sherwood (6-0)
- Flint Hill (6-3)
- Stone Ridge (6-3)
The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.
Featured College Commitments
Bryn Mawr goalie Maggie Kane -- University of Richmond
Marriotts Ridge defender Amanda Miller -- Monmouth University
Fallston attacker Caroline English -- Boston University
Archbishop Spalding defenseman Matt Linden -- Bucknell University
Queen Anne's defenseman Bradley Jones -- Frostburg State University
St. Mary's Annapolis midfielder Cole Robertson -- Towson University
McDonogh attacker Kelsey Cummings -- University of Maryland
Good Counsel midfielder Bridget Cassidy -- Georgetown University
C. Milton Wright midfielder Haley Alexander -- Coastal Carolina University
Glenelg midfielder Patrick O'Brien -- University of Tampa
Boys' Latin goalie Liam Frerichs -- U.S. Military Academy
Kent Island midfielder/faceoff specialist Zach Goodrich -- Towson University