FallstonMcTeague said his coaching philosophy is a bit cliche - working the team hard in practice so the players can get better every day. That sure worked for the No. 5 Cougars, who polished off a 17-2 season with one of the most dominating performances in state tournament history when they routed then-No. 3 Mount Hebron, 16-1, for the Class 3A-2A title, their first state lacrosse crown.
"I think I can get kids to play together and I can get them organized on the field, but otherwise, it's something special," McTeague said. "They believed, and that's the hardest thing. I don't know if you can coach it. I don't think a lot of teams take the field against Mount Hebron and believe they can win. They would hope they could win. These kids believed they could win."
The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference champs played a good nonleague schedule that included losses to No. 12 South River and Roland Park by a total of three goals. Against Mount Hebron, they played a near-perfect game, especially on defense.
In a banner year for Cougars girls sports, McTeague also led the girls basketball team to an improbable state championship - also its first - over Paint Branch. He is 46-20 in four years as head lacrosse coach.
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