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Feb. 19, 2007 — The road to 105 will not be easy

In 2007, a national record could fall in girls’ lacrosse. As of now, Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) has won 97 straight matches. The longest known unbeaten streak was 104 games, spun by Towson Loch Raven (Md.) between 1975 and 1982.

The math is simple: the Vikings need seven straight wins to tie, eight to break that national best.

The job, however, is anything but easy.

The team will play Brooklandville St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.) in its fifth match of the season in the Maryland Showcase at Johns Hopkins, then at the weekend, will host its two-day tournament where it will take on Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) and either Annapolis St. Mary’s (Md.) or Camillus West Genesee (N.Y.) the next day.

Barring rainouts or last-minute schedule changes, the tournament championship game will be the game needed to tie Loch Raven’s mark.

Looking ahead, barring further rainouts or last-minute schedule changes, the record-breaking game will occur the week of April 16th, when the Vikings take on Columbia Oakland Mills (Md.) and Columbia Long Reach (Md.). And given the fact that Mount has not lost to a Howard County team since many of today’s varsity team members were in elementary school, it is a foregone conclusion that the week of the Maryland Showcase and the Hebron Invitational will determine whether the record will fall.

Question is, can the Vikings do it? The team has graduated so many seniors the last two years, including the amazing Meggie Bosica. One of the team’s talented Rekart twins, Katie, is out for the season with a knee injury. In addition, the opening of the new high school at Marriott’s Ridge has taken a good chunk of what was supposed to have been the team’s junior class.

Should be an interesting season off Route 99.

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