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Apr. 27, 2017 — McDonogh’s place in history

After today’s 9-4 win over the as-tough-as-expected Notre Dame Prep team from Towson, Md., Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) now has a 171 game winning streak that extends all the way back to April 11, 2009, when it lost to Canandaigua (N.Y.) Academy.

In terms of field-invasion sports — where teams try to secure a ball and score a goal in more-or-less continuous action — McDonogh’s streak is the longest winning streak of any such sport, male or female. Longer streaks exist in indoor sports such as basketball, swimming, and gymnastics. And, of course, the current 183-game unbeaten streak of the Watertown (Mass.) field hockey team includes a 133-game win streak.

Some of the streaks are different from others; the girls’ gymnastics team from Brecksville (Ohio) didn’t win 777 consecutive dual meets; the wins came from placing ahead of other teams in multi-team competitions. The more teams that come, the more “wins” you get if you finish first. Still, it’s impressive how many consecutive all-comers meets Brecksville placed first as a team over the course of more than a decade.

But the wrestling team from Brandon (Fla.) has, I think, the greatest of scholastic sports streaks. Wrestling is a sport that requires individuals to perform individually towards a team goal — with no substitutions and no teammate to pass to. The Brandon wrestling team won every dual meet for a 35-year period from 1973 until 2008.

McDonogh, like its field hockey sisters in Watertown and Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), have found winning formulas through coaching and positive peer pressure. No team wants to be the one to end the streak of either wins or championships.

And judging by the quality of teams that the Eagles have played and defeated thus far, it’s anyone’s guess when that end will be.

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1 Comment»

  John wrote @

Would like to see them play some of the top New Jersey teams such as Ridgewood, Summit and Bridgewater Raritan to get an idea of the relative strength of these teams.


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