When: Thursday, 4 p.m.
Coaches: Mac Ford, Notre Dame Prep; Chris Robinson, McDonogh
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
Notre Dame Prep: Hannah Mardiney, Jr., A; Caitlynn Mossman, Jr., A; Grace Haus, Sr., M; Katie Railey, Sr., M; Keegan Barger, Sr., M
McDonogh: Andie Aldave, Sr., M; Maddie Jenner, Jr., M; Catie May, Sr., A; Margaret Donovan, Sr., D; Julia Hoffman, Jr., A.
KEYS TO VICTORY
The season's marquee Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game showcases the only teams still unbeaten in the conference. McDonogh, the eight-time defending champion, has extended its national-record girls lacrosse win streak to 168 games and is No. 1 in every national poll. NDP suffered its first loss Saturday to No. 2 Glenelg, 9-7, and dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25. Staying in the game against McDonogh means winning possession and with Jenner dominating the draws, that can be hard to do. That will be key for the Blazers, who turned over their only two possessions during Glenelg's game-opening four-goal run. Ford said he looks to his 17 seniors to bring the energy and focus they will need to beat an Eagles team that allows just 4.5 goals per game while scoring 17.1. The Blazers' scoring margin is about half that, scoring 14.5 goals per game and allowing 7.7. Last year, McDonogh topped the Blazers twice, including 15-4 in the A Conference tournament semifinal. NDP hasn't beaten the Eagles since May 2, 2006.
OTHER GIRLS GAMES TO WATCH
No. 4 Marriotts Ridge at No. 2 Glenelg, Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Westminster at No. 10 Century, Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Southern vs. No. 9 Severna Park at Kinder Park, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
No. 13 Bel Air at No. 14 Fallston, Thursday, 6:45 p.m.
BOYS GAMES TO WATCH
No. 1 McDonogh at No. 3 Calvert Hall, Friday 7 p.m.
No. 4 St. Paul's at No. 8 St. Mary's, Friday, 7 p.m.
Liberty at No. 11 Westminster, Tuesday, 6:45 p.m.
Bel Air at C. Milton Wright, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.