No. 1 McDonogh meets No. 2 Garden City

Taylor Cummings from McDonogh (Md.) is the No. 1 player in the ESPN 100. Jimmy Hurlburt/ESPNHS

The season is only about half over for the McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) girls’ lacrosse team and not even half over for Garden City (N.Y.), but on Saturday at the Maryland vs. New York Challenge at St. Paul’s School for Girls (Brooklandville, Md.), the two teams will meet for what could be the de facto POWERADE FAB 50 National Championship game.

The top of the FAB 50 has looked the same for the past three seasons: McDonogh No. 1 and Garden City at No. 2. This will be the first time the programs’ have met since coach Chris Robinson took over at McDonogh eight years ago.

The teams have a combined 26 players committed to Division I college programs. McDonogh boasts 15 players and Garden City has 11.

Princeton commit Alexandra Bruno leads Garden City with 25 goals and 12 assists this season. Fairfield commit Jenna Fuchs is second on the team with 19 goals.

To stop the Trojans’ attack unit, the Eagles will look to senior Liz Bannantine (Princeton), Sofia Robins (Boston University) and the No. 1 player in the ESPN 100, Taylor Cummings.

The Eagles (9-0) have the longest current winning streak in the nation at 60 games, but Garden City (6-0) is second with a 54-game streak.

This is the second time this season McDonogh has faced a team with an extended winning streak. The Eagles defeated Vero Beach (Fla.) 15-5 on March 21 to end the Fighting Indians 69-game streak.

Saturday’s winner will take the No. 1 spot in the FAB 50 rankings next week, but will have to win out the remainder of the season to take home the National Championship trophy -- no small feat as both schools have schedules littered with FAB 50 teams.

The game is 4 p.m. April 21 at St. Paul’s School for Girls.

By The Numbers

Both teams have been dominant this season. Garden City averages 17.8 goals per game, but allows just 4.5 per game on average. The average margin of victory for the Trojans is 13.3 goals.

McDonogh averages 19 goals per game and allows just 7.6 with an average margin of victory of 11.3 goals per game.

Both teams have six seniors committed to Division I programs. Eight McDonogh juniors and five from Garden City have already verbally committed to college.

Challenge Accepted

The Maryland vs. New York Challenge was put together by St. Paul’s coach Brook Kuhl-McClelland and features four teams from Maryland and four from New York.

The Top 4 teams in the FAB 50 are participating: No. 1 McDonogh, No. 2 Garden City, No. 3 St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) and No. 4 West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.).

Overall, seven teams in the FAB 50 will play in the invitational. The pairings for the Saturday games are based on last season’s final LaxPower.com rankings. Sunday’s pairings will be based on the up-to-date rankings after Saturday’s games.