No. 2 Cards Survive Mcdonogh Challenge

Eagles' Rally Falls Short

Calvert Hall Escapes, 7-6

Boys Lacrosse

April 26, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Calvert Hall had seen the box scores and had been warned by other Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference teams that sixth-ranked McDonogh was no team to take lightly.

Yesterday afternoon, the second-ranked Cardinals found out first-hand just how far McDonogh's program has come.

And the visiting Eagles learned how far they still need to go.

After taking a three-goal lead with just under three minutes left, Calvert Hall yielded two goals down the stretch but escaped with a 7-6 victory.

"I'm happy -- very happy -- because I think McDonogh is a legitimate team," said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly, whose team will face No. 9 Mount Hebron at 2 p.m. today at Johns Hopkins. "We threw the ball away some, but I think the credit goes to McDonogh because they played a good game. My biggest concern was them keeping it close, and that's exactly what happened."

Calvert Hall (7-3, 5-3) took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by Navy-bound Adam Borcz and junior midfielder John Ritcey. The Cardinals almost got out of the period, but Ritcey was called for pushing with a second left, giving the Eagles an extra-man chance to start the second quarter.

McDonogh (12-5, 3-5) took advantage of the penalty and cut the lead to one just 20 seconds into the second quarter, when Owen Daly scored the first of his two goals on an assist from fellow-sophomore Matt Primm (one goal, one assist).

A minute later, sophomore Brad Dumont tied it at 2 on a feed from Ryan Floyd. Daly put the visitors ahead, 3-2, with 4: 44 left in the half by dodging two defensemen and squeezing a shot past goalie Beret Dickson (12 saves).

The Cardinals, who were coming off last Saturday's 13-4 loss to No. 1 Boys' Latin, managed to tie the game with 19 seconds remaining in the half but it took a feed from long-stick defenseman Jesse Radebaugh to Tom Tamberrino.

"I'm happy we won, but I'm mad because we can play a lot better," said Cardinals midfielder Brett Wagner, who led all scorers with three second-half goals. "It's just stupid mistakes. We threw the ball away too much, and we weren't moving to the ball."

Wagner put Calvert Hall up temporarily in the third quarter when he converted a pass from freshman Dan LaMonica. But the Eagles refused to go away, tying the game at 4 on Primm's unassisted goal.

Wagner put the Cards ahead for good when he found a seam in the defense and rifled a shot past keeper Rob Scherr (15 saves). Borcz's goal with seven seconds left in the third quarter gave Calvert Hall a two-goal cushion.

Pub Date: 4/26/97

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