It begins with a few friendly words -- back and forth jabs -- before Broadneck senior midfielder Rachel Shuck puts on her Bruins uniform and older sister Leann, head coach at Arundel, prepares her Wildcats for one primary task: stopping her younger sister.
Rachel describes the rivalry as "a lot of fun," but Leann sees it a little different.
"That's always a tough game," Leann said. "It's hard because you want her to do well. Then again, you don't want her to do too well."
On Wednesday night, Rachel turned in a performance that has become the norm in her four-year career at Broadneck.
With seven goals and two assists, she brought the No. 9-ranked Bruins back from a four-goal deficit in an 11-10 win over big sister and her Wildcats. As for the game-winner, coming from -- you guessed it -- Rachel with 1: 07 remaining?
Having three successful lacrosse-playing older sisters (Jen, an assistant to Leann at Arundel, also played at Maryland and Corinne is now a sophomore at Delaware) can be a major benefit. Also having a father as a recreation coach growing up is a big plus. Rachel, deadly accurate on attack and equally mindful on defense, has taken full advantage.
"Being around lacrosse all her life, Rachel's been exposed to every aspect -- recreation, high school and college. She's picked it up well," said Broadneck third-year coach Karen Chesley.
"I'd go to my sisters' games at Maryland and see how much fun they had and also how good they were and it made me want to be just as good," said Shuck, who earned 11 varsity letters by also playing soccer and basketball . "And I just thought lacrosse was what I was best at."
Coming off a 38-goal, 43-assist season as a junior, Shuck already has scored 42 goals and notched 27 helpers this year with the Bruins 8-3 and expecting to challenge when the Class 4A East Region playoffs get started.
"We're playing very well as a team right now and also having a lot of fun -- that's a big thing," said Shuck, who after Friday's 12-11 win over South River has 120 career goals and 101 assists.