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BULLETIN: April 30, 2018 — The McDonogh win streak survives — barely

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — On a windswept W. Boulton Dixon field this afternoon, the Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) girls’ lacrosse team found itself in a position where it had little to play for because it had already clinched the regular-season title in the IAAM Division “A.” The little matter of a 194-game win streak was also in play.

But the visitors from Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.), aiming to break a three-way logjam for the two other first-round byes in next week’s tournament, gave the Eagles all they could handle before losing 11-10 in overtime.

Julia Hoffman provided the game-winner for the Eagles in the third minute of overtime on a day when little seemed to go right for the hosts. Indeed, even as McDonogh won three of the first four draws of the game, it didn’t seem to matter, as the Blazers ran out to a 3-1 lead, and held that two-goal advantage at the interval.

After the halftime talk, McDonogh roared back with four straight goals to take an 8-6 lead, whereupon NDP chipped away thanks to some uncharacteristic shooting from the Eagle offense, which appeared to be pressing a little too much to make the perfect pass or the perfect shot.

Notre Dame Prep, which was ranked No. 3 in the preseason Top 10, showed great strength and mettle throughout the game and had its chances to win in the final minutes. NDP had the ball after winning a late draw, but, with 42 seconds remaining, turned it over to a McDonogh defense which chose to press out instead of collapse.

NDP also had its shot in the first minute of overtime, but McDonogh made a smart double-team and forced the turnover that led to Hoffman’s free-position goal.

McDonogh’s IAAM season is complete with a 12-0 record, and will finish its regular season Thursday against Sykesville Century (Md.), while NDP takes on Severna Park Severn School (Md.) to finish out its IAAM season.

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