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March 16, 2016 — How high, how long?

Today is the season-opening match for the premier scholastic girls’ lacrosse program in the United States, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.). It is a team which has won the last seven Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Conference “A” championships, and has won 133 games in a row.

As usual, the Eagles will start on the road in the deep South, and will take on Vero Beach (Fla.), Ponte Vedra (Fla.), and Milton (Ga.) before embarking on their IAAM schedule beginning with Annapolis St. Mary’s (Md.) on March 30th.

Beginning with that game, McDonogh is going to pack 17 games into a span of 33 days. Yep, I had to look at that again. From March 30 to the May 2 season-ending match with Elderburg Century (Md.), the team is not only going to fill its IAAM fixtures, but will take on the likes of Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.), Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.), and Olney Good Counsel (Md.).

If the Eagles are able to survive through that gauntlet, the IAAM playoffs ensue.

It’s pretty amazing how McDonogh is able to play this many games in a time period just short of a month, yet the Maryland state legislature and the MPSSAA limit field hockey to just 12 games in 38 days.

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