The end of an era?
While we were away covering the Maryland women's basketball team's run in the NCAA tournament, a couple of things of note occurred, the most significant of which was the top-ranked Mount Hebron girls lacrosse team losing 18-9 to No. 3 John Carroll Saturday.
It's not the margin of victory the Patriots posted over the Vikings that is particularly shocking, though a nine-goal margin in a game between top five teams is pretty surprising, especially with a lower-ranked team beating the higher-ranked one. No, the stunner here is that Mount Hebron lost at all.
Before Saturday, it had been 10 years since a Baltimore area team had beaten Mount Hebron. Ten years. Consider that every member of the Vikings team was in elementary school the last time Mount Hebron lost to a Baltimore-area school. Heck, the Vikings just got past losing their overall 103-match winning streak last season, and now this happens.
It was probably inevitable that the girls lacrosse field would eventually approach Mount Hebron, which, among other factors, has been hurt by redistricting, which dispersed some talent to Marriotts Ridge when it opened a few years ago. And the Vikings still have their streak against local public school teams intact.
But it is worth noting the end of perhaps the most significant run of dominance by any local team in recent high school history.