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March 17, 2016 — The run to the record

Today, the girls’ lacrosse team at Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) travels to the cradle of girls’ scholastic lacrosse in America, Baltimore Bryn Mawr (Md.), for an interconference game.

Despite the fact that the Saints posted a 28-1 record a year ago with wins over teams from seven states and the District of Columbia, a season-ending defeat to Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) is the last memory of the season.

The mission of winning the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) championship is ever present, but there is a secondary goal surrounding the only head coach the program has ever had. Kathy Jenkins is just 11 wins away from the highest recorded coaching victory total in scholastic field hockey.

The current record (that we know of) is exactly 700, set by the legendary Angela Tammaro at Greenwich (Conn.) Academy. She had a record of 700-75-11 in 48 years with GA.

So, if we read the 2016 schedule correctly, and assuming that the Saints win their first 10 games of the season, the record could be tied April 12th with a home game against Bethesda Holton-Arms (Md.), and exceeded two days later at Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.).

Then again, as is often the case when it comes to coaching records — whether it was for Don Shula in pro football or Susan Butz-Stavin or Nancy Williams in field hockey, the question isn’t “if” the coach will exceed the record, but “when.” It goes to show how well Jenkins has prepared her players over the years, creating a consistent winning tradition that is difficult to beat.

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