While some top-notch players, including Burgess and Whittle, have transferred into McDonogh, most players grew up at the Owings Mills private school.

"The fallacy out there is that this is the best team money can buy," Robinson said. "You've got 15 or 20 kids out there who would love to come to McDonogh every year. We might be able to get one or two through the admissions process and those are pretty special athletes, but 70 to 80 percent of our kids come from in-house, K through sixth grade."

As the regular season picks up speed this week, the Eagles certainly will try to extend their streak and, as successful as they've been, they still have a long way to go to match the Baltimore area's longest girls lacrosse winning streak. Loch Raven set the record of 103 in 1982 and Mount Hebron tied it in 2007. Loch Raven also has a 104-game unbeaten streak.

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While they try not to worry about it, the players know the streak will eventually end.

"It is a sport. You can't always win. Somebody has to lose," Burgess said. "If that's us one day, that's what it is and it will be OK if we put everything we have out there. That's exactly how Chris feels. He's not going to be upset if we lose, but everybody's heart and soul was put into the game, and that's how we try to play every day."


Baltimore area's longest girls lacrosse winning streaks

104*: Loch Raven (1973-82)

103: Loch Raven (1973-82)

103: Mount Hebron (2001-2007)

72: McDonogh (2009-present)

67: Loch Raven (1987-92)

63*: Mount Hebron (1998-2001)

57: Severna Park (1988-91)

54: Mount Hebron (1998-2001)

*denotes unbeaten streak

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