July 30, 2007

The Agony of Victory.: "For the country's most successful high school girls' lacrosse team, nothing was scarier than losing -- except maybe the relentless demand for perfection." The Mount Hebron High School Vikings hadn't lost a game in five years, had won 10 consecutive Maryland state titles, and had a 103-game winning streak. Then they lost. [more inside]

posted by kirkaracha to other at 12:51 PM - 5 comments

Coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland talks about the game [podcast]. "In 50 minutes they lost the game, they lost their rankings, they lost their tournament, and they lost their streak." Online chat with Eli Saslow, writer of the Post article. Before their 103-game streak started, the Vikings won 63 consecutive games before losing one game. They finished the 2007 season 19-1 and won an 11th consecutive state championship.

posted by kirkaracha at 12:52 PM on July 30, 2007

Between this and the Mefi post about the AUSA in Seattle, you're making a mess of my work. Thanks.

posted by yerfatma at 01:50 PM on July 30, 2007

Wow, I kept thinking how do you teach you children about perspective in a situation like that. You can't tell them it is just a game when they know it is so much more than that. I am glad for Caitlin that they lost. It seems like it did her a world of good.

posted by bperk at 01:58 PM on July 30, 2007

That was something else. Reminds me of the straight-A kids in school who were petrified over getting an A-... and would do almost anything for the teacher to change that grade.

posted by evixir at 02:07 PM on July 30, 2007

A friend of mine got a 4.0 first semester of his freshman year. One of our common friends noted, "It's all downhill from here."

posted by yerfatma at 04:20 PM on July 30, 2007

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