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May 9, 2015 — The will of one

Tomorrow will see the end of the season for Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), the six-time defending champions of the IAAM “A” Division.

It almost wasn’t.

As has been the case on occasion the last few years, the Eagles have been tested and pushed to within an inch of their tournament lives. Friday afternoon, Bel Air John Carroll (Md.), the last team to beat McDonogh in a postseason game, came up just one goal short in a 12-11 loss.

Carroll had a two-goal lead shortly after the interval, but a pair of key stops on the part of junior goalie Gabbe Cadoux helped her teammates turn an 8-6 deficit into a 10-8 lead in about 10 minutes.

As much as this space has marveled at the gifted offensive talents of Jen Cook, Megan Whittle, Taylor and Kelsey Cummings, Brindi Griffin, and Olivia Jenner, it is too easy to overlook the defenses that have played at McDonogh over the last several years. Cadoux has had to face fakes, difficult angle shots pegged for the corner, bouncers from odd angles, and the full array of shot attempts from some of the most talented girls’ lacrosse players produced in this country.

But forget about practice; when it counted, Cadoux was magnificent.

She has one more chance against Baltimore Roland Park (Md.) tomorrow to help extend McDonogh’s winning streak and its dominion over the sport nationwide.

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