Built Ford Tough: Notre Dame Prep’s toughness and resilience helped lead the Blazers to a historic…
The buzz is still in the air. People are still talking about the instant classic from Friday night as #2 Notre Dame Prep pulled off the unthinkable by defeating #1 McDonogh 10–8 to capture the IAAM A-Conference championship.
NDP opened with with a bang by winning the draw and going down and scoring right away as Liza Regan put the Blazers on the board. And from their Mac Ford’s team would never trail in the contest.
“We had a lot of confidence coming in and we were peaking at the right time. Our defense was lights out. And we did well with the ball control battle.”
The victory by NDP snapped McDonogh’s 198-game winning streak. As well as their nine year run of being the A-conference champions.
Ford said the one word he would use to describe his team this season would be leadership. Notre Dame Prep carried 41 players on their roster, half of that number were seniors.
Afterwards the Peace Report Lax Blog interviewed senior Caitlynn Mossman who scored two-goals in the win.
The one thing that stood out the most about this Notre Dame Prep team was how tough they were. The Blazers weren’t going to be pushed around.
And it seemed to be what was hurting McDonogh because they would try to be aggressive but it resulted in yellow cards. Senior leaders Julia Hoffman and Maddie Jenner both were yellow carded, which doesn’t happen often.
Plus, the Eagles were forcing shots which resulted in them going wide or being saved.
It was a fantastic game from start to finish and is what you want as a lacrosse fan to see.
Having the championship game at the US Lacrosse headquarters was also a home run. The Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland did a great job of organizing this years conference championships.
On Saturday, the B and C title games were held. Catholic HS won the C championship with a 11–7 victory over Concordia Prep. And Mercy repeated as the B champs. The Magic defeated Park, 15–9. Senior Katie Yeagle scored here 100th career goal in the game.