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April 10, 2007 — Homewood is home

I went to one of the cathedrals of American lacrosse today, standing proudly at the intersection of University and North Charles in Baltimore.

Homewood Field has been the home ground for Johns Hopkins University for a century, and yesterday almost saw the end of an epoch. Brooklandville St. Paul’s (Md.) took Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) to the absolute brink before falling 7-6 yesterday in the Maryland Lacrosse Showcase, a quadrupleheader which sees four boys’ and four girls’ teams meet in intersectional matchups.

I used the occasion not only to see the Vikings again, but to use the digital video camera for a vodcast tentatively titled “Run To The Record,” since Hebron is chasing the national best of 103 straight wins and 104 games without a loss, set by Towson Loch Raven (Md.) in the 70s and 80s.

I use the term “national best” because the mark is not a national record. I don’t know whether it was because the Federation only started accepting lacrosse records only the last two or three years, or whether the necessary documentation (i.e., scorebooks and newspaper clips) have not yet been submitted for NFHS certification.

But Brooke Kuhl-McClelland certainly recognizes the feat. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s the record,” she told me after the game.

Mount Hebron raced out to a 5-1 lead but allowed St. Paul’s to mount a late comeback. But that comeback was blunted when, on the same stoppage of play in the 58th minute of play, the Gators picked up their third and fourth yellow cards of the match and would have to play short the rest of regulation.

To its credit, St. Paul’s doubled on Mount Hebron’s spread and, in the final five seconds of play, almost got the game-tying goal to send the game into overtime.

After outscoring the opposition 87-8 in its first four games, this is the kind of game Hebron needs to prepare for its invitational tournament this weekend, when it will take on Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) on Friday, and either Annapolis St. Mary’s (Md.) or Camillus West Genesee (N.Y.) on Saturday.

It should be unbelievable lacrosse; and hopefully there won’t be the kind of rain and cold that washed out last year’s matches.

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