No. 2 Notre Dame Prep (12-3) at No. 1 McDonogh (15-0)
When: Monday, 4 p.m.
Coaches: Mac Ford, Notre Dame Prep; Nancy Love, McDonogh
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
Notre Dame Prep: Hannah Mardiney, Sr., A; Caitlynn Mossman, Sr., A; Sarah Cooper, Sr., D.
McDonogh: Maddie Jenner, Sr., M; Julia Hoffman, Sr., A; Julia Cooper, Sr. G.
KEYS TO VICTORY
Notre Dame Prep takes its shot at McDonogh’s national-record winning streak in a rematch of last year’s Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. The Eagles have won 193 straight games and can push that to 194 on Friday at No. 3 Glenelg Country. Last May, the Eagles beat NDP, 12-9, for their ninth straight A Conference title. The Blazers and Glenelg Country have two conference losses each, so the Eagles can clinch the top-seeded spot for the tournament with a win Friday. Monday’s title-game rematch, however, features the two hottest teams in the highly competitive league. Heading into Friday’s game against No. 9 St. Mary’s, the Blazers have won seven straight A Conference games since falling to Roland Park on March 24. The biggest challenge for the Blazers — as for all Eagles’ opponents — will be countering senior Maddie Jenner on the draw. In last year’s final, she won 14 to help give McDonogh a 20-3 advantage in initial possession. While the Eagles don’t have as prolific an offense as they had a year ago, they have a balanced group that can score quickly. The Blazers also have a strong attack; they just need to win the ball.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
No. 1 McDonogh at No. 3 Glenelg Country, Friday, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Glenelg Country at No. 6 Bryn Mawr, Monday, 4 p.m.
Severna Park at No. 11 South River, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
No. 12 Hereford at C. Milton Wright, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Boys’ Latin at No. 5 St. Mary’s, Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Mount Saint Joseph at No. 2 Loyola Blakefield, Saturday, 1 p.m.
No. 2 Loyola Blakefield at No. 1 McDonogh, Tuesday, 4:30 pm.
South River at No. 10 Severna Park, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.