Calvert Hall Steadies Loyola Blakefield, 10-7

Calvert Hall Cardinals

From the Baltimore Sun by Jeff Seidel,

Calvert Hall couldn’t stop committing penalties for parts of Friday’s game with Loyola. But once the Cardinals settled down, they took command.

Six Calvert Hall penalties in just over 19 minutes helped the visiting Dons get four extra-man goals and rally to take a one-goal lead late in the third period. But No. 4 Calvert Hall answered by scoring the game’s final four goals for a 10-7 victory over No. 7 Loyola in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 first-quarter lead. But Calvert Hall (4-0, 1-0) hurt its cause by committing five penalties in the second period alone.

Loyola (1-4, 0-1) scored three extra-man goals as part of a five-goal run in the period for a 5-4 halftime edge.

“I was mad at our kids at halftime,” said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly. “Some of those penalties we caused ourselves … [but] I really liked our discipline in the second half.”

Another Cardinals penalty helped Loyola’s Devin McNamara (two goals, one assist) get his second extra-man goal to tie the game at 6 in the third quarter. The Dons then took a 7-6 lead when Mike Distler scored with 57.9 seconds left in the period.

But the game belonged to Calvert Hall after that.

Patrick Kelly (two goals, two assists) tied it just 5.8 seconds later, and Stephen Kelly (one goal, one assist) followed with a goal with 4.1 seconds left in the quarter to give the Cardinals an 8-7 lead.

Matt Diehl (one goal, one assist) scored 34 seconds into the fourth quarter — the third Calvert Hall goal in 86 seconds — and Johnny Kelly (three goals) slipped in a shot from the edge of the crease later on. Both of those were extra-man goals.

“In the second half, we were much more disciplined and ready to play,” said Johnny Kelly. “We came back and played hard.”

Calvert Hall took charge in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals kept possession for longer stretches, didn’t have a penalty and wouldn’t allow Loyola the good scoring chances it had earlier in the game.

In addition, Calvert Hall helped its cause throughout the game with good passing. The Cardinals had assists on eight of their 10 goals, led by Ryan Brown (one goal, three assists).

“They took the air out of the ball in the fourth quarter,” said Loyola coach Jack Crawford. “We did a good job of keeping our composure. We just didn’t have [the ball] enough.”



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