Victory over Calvert Hall proves Spalding belongs with A teams


September 21, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

People laughed a couple years ago when Rick Carlson said Archbishop Spalding would one day be on a level with the likes of Calvert Hall.

It was after the 1995 boys soccer season, and Carlson's Cavaliers had finished 1-16-1, and people questioned his insistence of staying in the competitive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Why not drop down to the B conference and be more competitive?

Nobody is asking anymore after what happened Wednesday at Spalding. The No. 8-ranked Cavaliers (4-1-1) stunned No. 1 Calvert Hall, 1-0, in overtime for the biggest win in Spalding soccer history.

Calvert Hall's 26-game (25-0-1, 5-1 this season) unbeaten streak went down the drain along with an expected No. 1 in a national poll. Justin Muller's goal in the 98th minute, coupled with a splendid defensive effort led by goalkeeper Reb Beatty and Mark Cunningham made it happen.

Carlson, who led Spalding to an overall 10-8 mark and the A conference playoffs last fall, earning Coach of the Year honors in his fifth season, has built a team capable of winning the MIAA. What he has done is truly remarkable.

Spalding dropped a 2-1, double-overtime decision to Calvert Hall at the end of 1996 regular season and lost 1-0 to the eventual MIAA champs in the A Conference semifinals.

The Cavs were getting closer, and Wednesday, with Beatty rejecting 11 Cardinals shots and Cunningham marking highly touted Cam Letke, Spalding climbed the mountain.

Before the start of last season, Carlson, an All-County and second team All-Metro at Severna Park under Don Gregg in 1980, was quoted as saying: "Our goal is to compete with the elite, but you have to do it first, and no, we wouldn't want to be anywhere but in the A Conference, no matter how tough it is."

The Cavaliers are where they belong and have only one question left to answer: "Can you win the MIAA?"


No. 9 Severna Park gets a shot at Calvert Hall in boys soccer at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Towson. Gregg's Falcons and the Cardinals have a lot in common -- each has lost to upstart Spalding. Spalding nipped Severna Park, 2-1, a couple weeks ago.

Glen Burnie's volleyball coach of 20 years, Juanita Milani, is considering retiring after this season, which, of course, means the county would lose still another outstanding coach.

Speaking of outstanding coaches, Severna Park's volleyball team gave coach Tim Dunbar his 200th career win this week by 3-0 over Glen Burnie.

Dunbar, who is in his 11th season as coach of the No. 2 Falcons, credited all the great players he has had for his success, but his philosophy and rapport with his players is extraordinary.

After his Falcons romped through the first two sets at Glen Burnie, Dunbar (200-18) took out his starters and inserted six new players for the third set.

They struggled, but even when they got behind 14-8, the coach stuck with them. They prevailed, 16-15, by scoring the final eight points.

Dunbar is a master at building everyone's self-esteem.

"They [second six] knew I wasn't going to take them out regardless of what happened," said Dunbar. "They needed to play their best and not look back to the bench for me to put the first team back in. They need to learn how to win."

At Severna Park, they learn under one of the best.

Being chased again

Football and basketball recruiters are on the trail of Jason Smith again. The former Broadneck All-Metro football and basketball player who was named The Sun's Male Athlete of the Year in 1995 is a wide receiver at Montgomery-Rockville Community College.

Smith received a football scholarship to Rutgers, was redshirted, but left after the football coaches were fired last year. He has two years of eligibility left at a university.

"He needs the year at Rockville to qualify and could move into a situation where he can play both basketball and football," said Broadneck athletic director and boys basketball coach Ken Kazmarek.

Kazmarek also is thrilled over the Bruins' new gym.

The Broadneck gym, which was a major part of the school's recent renovation, was designed by Kazmarek and assistant athletic director Tim McMullen. They consulted Arundel athletic director Bernie Walter, who played the main role in building the Wildcats' new gym in Gambrills.

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Pub Date: 9/21/97

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