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March 13, 2015 — An early series of tests

Tomorrow, the girls’ lacrosse team from Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) will participate in a preseason playday at Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.), which will include the likes of Moorestown (N.J.), Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.), and Ellicott City Marriott’s Ridge (Md.).

No matter what happens during the playday, McDonogh’s 112-game winning streak will remain intact; these are scrimmages and not actual timed, scored, and umpired matches.

But unlike what I wrote a few weeks ago, it seems McDonogh was able to toughen its 2015 schedule with a three-game swing in Georgia. The most interesting of the three matches is going to be a week from tomorrow at Milton (Ga.).

Milton, coached by Timothy Godby, has made great strides since starting out as a club team in 2002. Their speed, athleticism, and enthusiasm has helped form the rarest of team cultures: one in which success feeds upon itself. Their players are finding themselves on top Division I programs; Lydia Cassada, for example, has made frequent appearances this year as a sophomore for Northwestern, and Annie Ruland has been outstanding for the nascent Southern California team.

Milton has won nine state championships and has been unafraid of playing out-of-state opposition, taking on the likes of Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.), Washington Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), and Vero Beach (Fla.) the last few years.

Indeed, when you look at last year’s schedule, Milton played ten out-of-state opponents on their way to a 19-3 record and a fifth consecutive state title.

And next week’s matchup with McDonogh is going to be a juicy one.

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