Lake Braddock's Leslie Cabe, Mary Ann Chipkevich and Brooke Postlewaite are not used to losing. The seniors played on the Bruins girls' soccer team last spring that advanced to the state finals. So when this year's field hockey team, which has four players from that soccer squad, started off the season 1-2, they decided they weren't going to take it anymore.

Since a 1-0 loss to Robinson in early September, No. 9 Lake Braddock (11-2, 4-0 Virginia AAA Patriot District) has reeled off 10 straight wins, including impressive victories over Culpeper, Oakton and Chantilly. The three players have emerged as leaders on a team that had 10 seniors last fall. Cabe, who has unofficially committed to George Mason University for soccer, is the team's leading scorer with 10 goals, Postlewaite has six goals and Chipkevich has allowed only five goals all year.

"The girls don't like to lose," Lake Braddock Coach Diane Miller said. "They were like, 'We don't want to experience that again.' "

The Bruins have a district showdown tonight at Annandale. The Atoms (9-3, 4-0) handed Lake Braddock its only regular season district loss last year.

-- Liam Dillon