The McDonogh boys' and girls' lacrosse teams are looking to accomplish a rare feat -- repeating as champions in their respective leagues.
That scenario, though, is not farfetched by any means.
Both squads enter the 2017 season ranked No. 1 nationally in the Nike/US Lacrosse high school polls.
The girls' team is riding a nation's-best 155-game winning streak and is the favorite to win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "A" conference for the ninth consecutive season.
The boys also won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference title last season with an 8-5 victory against Boys' Latin. It was the Eagles' first conference title on the boys' side since 2005.
The McDonogh boys will enter this season as the team to beat once again in arguably the deepest high school lacrosse conference in the country. Meanwhile, the girls must fend off several other nationally ranked opponents that would like nothing more than to end the Eagles' impressive winning streak.
Nonetheless, the McDonogh girls are not approaching the season any differently. The team once again has the talent and depth to wear down most opponents.
"Although there is some pressure to maintain the streak, it is not greater than previous years," Eagles midfielder Maddie Jenner said. "Our philosophy is to take each game one at a time and to not look past any teams."
Jenner, who has committed to Duke, leads a talented cast of players for the Eagles. Last season, Jenner won 182 draws and scored 23 goals with 14 assists. Notre Dame commit Andie Aldave and Catie May, who is headed to Maryland, will also be a force.
The boys' team is equally imposing after going 18-1 in 2016. McDonogh's only loss came against Washington, D.C.-area powerhouse Bullis in a closely contested 8-7 setback. The Eagles will look to have the same resiliency as last season, when they won four overtime games. McDonogh will be tough again, as it is defensively led by Johns Hopkins recruit Brandon Shure and B.J. Farrare, who is headed to Loyola.
By the end of the last year, both the McDonogh boys and girls finished at the top of the local, regional and several national polls. That was an accomplishment few people throughout the local lacrosse community had ever seen.
"In my 23 years, I can't remember a time when our girls' and boys' lacrosse teams were No. 1 in the same season," said Mickey Deegan, co-director of athletics for McDonogh. "This remarkable achievement is a testimony to the coaches and student-athletes who have committed themselves to winning their respective championships. These teams have great senior leaders, and they have set the bar high and demonstrate heart, hustle and unselfishness."