McDonogh sent coach Scott Ward out a winner.
The third-seeded Eagles won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association water polo championship Friday night, edging defending champion and top-seeded Calvert Hall, 9-8, in Owings Mills thanks to a goal from senior Albert Schmickel with 39 seconds remaining.
Schmickel also had the tying goal, but Ward was the bigger story.
Ward is leaving his position after 14 seasons and three stints, but he won't officially inform the Eagles of his departure until Monday.
"I never told them," said Ward, whose team upset second-seeded Loyola Blakefield in the semifinals, 13-6. "I didn't want it to be about me....