By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/19/12
Calvert Hall proved it is the top team in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association with an exclamation point Friday night as the Cardinals dismantled Loyola Blakefield, 17-3, in the A Conference championship game in front of 5,684 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
“Its special, I have been a part of one national championship and one other MIAA championship and I’ll be honest with you – the MIAA championships are more significant,” said Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly on where this title win ranks in his 17-year career. “It’s about the kids; it’s not about anything else.
“You have to be happy for your players because they work really hard.”
The Cardinals (16-2) used a similar game plan that helped engineer Calvert Hall to 11-6 win over Loyola Blakefield (16-4) in the regular season. High shot volume, huge saves by Dimitri Pecunes (12 saves) and great defense seemed to be the Cardinals’ kryptonite in the victory over the Dons.
The Calvert Hall defense stepped up big with great slides, holding star shooter Deemer Class scoreless.
“We just had to focus again, we had to reiterate it and go over it again,” senior defenseman Evan Connell said. “We watched a lot of film and just had to be focused and ready to come out and play.”
The Calvert Hall attack was balanced and lethal. Carter Brown and Ryan Brown (no relation) each scored four goals while Jordan Germershausen had three and Patrick Kelly and Patrick Carotenuto each scored twice.
“It feels great after losing last year,” said Ryan Brown, whose Cards fell to Gilman in last year’s final. “We all worked really hard during this offseason and to come out and put a good showing in and win against a tough team, it just feels amazing,.”
Coach Kelly spoke afterward on how this was a team win.
“I think (with) our offense, you take somebody away and then there is somebody else,” he said. “I was praying this morning for some guys (to step up) and Germershausen was one of them. I just felt like he was going to have a moment and I’m thankful that he did.”
Loyola was unable to capitalize enough on its extra man opportunities. The Dons were 1-4 when Calvert Hall was in the penalty box.
The Dons fell behind 6-2 in the second half and never recovered.
“We felt like man to man we could match up pretty well with them,” said Loyola Blakefield head coach Jack Crawford. “We also knew they would run a lot of off ball picks, and we did a good job in the first half anticipating there movement off the ball.
“One of the things that happened in the third quarter is we fell asleep a few times on cuts inside and gave them some slam dunks, and we kept giving them second chances. You can’t give them scoring chances.”
Pecunes, who became the starter in goal as the season progressed, was a big factor for the Cardinals.
“It takes hard work and a good attitude, said Pecunes on earning his shot as a starter. “You just have to stick with it.” Pecunes was asked if this was his best game of his career and he said with a big grin “Yeah of course.”
Calvert Hall goals
Ryan Brown 4
Carter Brown 4
Jordan Germershausen 3
Patrick Kelly 2
Patrick Carotenuto 2
Dimitri Pecunes (12 saves)
Conor Dalton 1g
TJ Neubauer 1g
Jake Clise 1g
Chris Thomas (7 saves)