Kudda was privy to attend the McDonogh-Roland Park Country School girls lacrosse game yesterday. Kudda is looking into adding an IAAM Game of the Week to match what we provide for the boys game. The McDonogh girls team, ranked the #1 HS team in the country, visited RPCS in a key matchup of IAAM powers.
So what does it take to be ranked #1? Many of the top teams have been there year to year. For new programs, chances are that you might not get there for a few years as your program is established. Once you get into this elite company, however, what does it take to stay there?
Some observations from watching McDonogh play. First, McDonogh has the athletes and speed. Most of the core group have been playing together since 4th grade. Combine that with some excellent coaching, you have some of the parts for greatness. Lacrosse wise, the following also help!!!
- Controlling the draws,
- Tenacious defense,
- Solid goalie play
- Pinpoint Shooting
- Transition offense using speed
Granted RPCS is also an outstanding program as are the other teams in the IAAM. Right now, McDonogh’s athleticism and speed are overwhelming their opponents.