McDonough (Owings Mills) and St. Paul’s (Brooklandville) met last weekend in the Maryland private school girls lacrosse state championship game. McDonough, which had captured the previous three titles, had a 90-game winning streak. St. Paul’s had a motivational speech from Ray Lewis.
The Ravens linebacker, whose daughter attends St. Paul’s but does not play on the lacrosse team, recorded a cell phone video for the St. Paul’s lacrosse team before its big game.
Here’s what Lewis said, via PressBox.com:
St. Paul Gators — where you are now, you are supposed to be. Now it’s up to you to complete the race. But you want to complete the race by looking each other in the eyes and ask yourself one question. What will I give up for the person that’s beside me? What will I sacrifice?
What will I sacrifice? Not for a win or a loss, just for the opportunity to play and say we did it. Whatever your fate is, it’s already done. That’s why we’re in the championship.
St. Paul’s jumped out to an early lead and had an 8-4 advantage with 15 minutes to play, but McDonough scored the game’s final seven goals to prevail 11-8.
This wasn’t the first time that Lewis motivated a lacrosse team. He addressed the Loyola (Md.) men’s team before its NCAA quarterfinal game last season.
The Greyhounds won that game en route to capturing the NCAA title.
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