By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, posted 4/10/12
Calvert Hall used a seven-goal second half to guide the Cardinals to a 12-5 win over host Boys’ Latin today in an MIAA opener.
Boys’ Latin (7-4) managed to get within one goal before halftime on a Colin Heacock score with 26 seconds left in the quarter.
But the Cardinals regrouped and opened the second half with a high tempo, fast paced offense. Calvert Hall’s Ryan Brown led the Cardinals with four goals, three of which came in the second half.
“I felt our kids did a good job managing the second half,” said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly.
“We kept moving the ball, it wasn’t just me, it was Jordan (Germershausen) and Patrick (Kelly) moving the ball well and looking inside, and I just finished the opportunities they gave me,” said Brown.
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For Calvert Hall (7-1, 1-0) it was a team effort to get the ball moving in the second half and the intensity was evident as the offense managed to force possession down on its side of the field most of the half. Both, Patrick and Stephen Kelly stepped up big for the Cardinals with a combined eight points.
Plus, Cardinals senior goalie Dimirti Pecunes, who is one of three starting options in goal for Coach Kelly, stepped up big for Calvert Hall with 15 saves. The Calvert Hall defense was stingy and aggressive throughout the second half, not allowing BL to find an easy shot. Boys’ Latin was held scoreless until 2:31 left in the fourth quarter when Casey Rees scored his second of the day.
Since its 11-10 loss to Conestoga (Pa.) on March 23, the Cardinals have made sgreta strides. “I think you only benefit by playing good teams,” said Coach Kelly on how the out of conference schedule helped his team. “We learned a lot of things against Conestoga that we took away and it’s helping us become better.”
The Lakers (7-4, 0-1) are coming off a tough stretch of games leading into league plays as Boys’ Latin also lost to Conestoga, 7-6, last week and then fell to DC powerhouse Gonzaga.
Head coach Bob Shriver felt his team didn’t lay to its potential against a team such as Calvert Hall on Tuesday. “We didn’t show up the whole game. And how we could come out in the second half without any energy or emotion is unconscionable in my opinion.”
Calvert Hall 12, Boys’ Latin 5
Goals: Calvert Hall; Ryan Brown 4, Patrick Kelly 3, Stephen Kelly 3, Jordan Germershausen, Kelton Black.
Boy’s Latin; Tally Bruno, Colin Heacock, Colin Chell 2, Casey Rees
Assists: Calvert Hall; Patrick Kelly
Boys’ Latin; Shack Stanwick 2, Michael Lynch
Haltime: 5-4 Calvert Hall