At the last second, Calvert Hall wins MIAA title

Carron's goal with :01 left in OT upends Loyola, 4-3

Water polo

October 28, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fierce rivals Calvert Hall and Loyola were locked in another bitter struggle for Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association supremacy. And it wasn't even Thanksgiving.

It was, however, a nail-biter.

Calvert Hall senior Phil Carron scored with one second left in overtime to give the visiting Cardinals a 4-3 victory and the MIAA Water Polo Championship at Loyola yesterday.

"I knew it was below 10 seconds left, so I saw the ball and shot," said Carron. "I wasn't sure whether they would allow it, but they did."

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incorrect information handed out, the name of Calvert Hall water polo player Phil Capron was misspelled in Sunday's edition. The Sun regrets the error.

It appeared that Calvert Hall (14-2 overall, 7-1 league) would win in regulation, but Loyola's Rory Brannan threw in a shot from 20 feet that beat Cardinals goalie Chris Nitzel to his high left, tying the game at 3 with 26 seconds left.

Kevin Hooper led all scorers with three goals for Calvert Hall, which won, as it has for most of the year, with defense.

"I got a little scared when they scored [to take the game into overtime]," said Hooper. "We'd played well, but we were tied again. I knew if we played our tenacious defense, we'd be OK."

Both teams had chances in early in overtime, and one Loyola shot hit the crossbar. With a little over 20 seconds left in the overtime, Loyola coach Keith Schertle called time out to set up a play. When the game resumed, however, Calvert Hall took advantage.

The Dons (9-6 overall, 6-2 league) controlled the ball in the middle of the pool but then Cardinals senior Jarrod Thomas tipped the ball away from a Loyola swimmer. His pass found Carron about 10 yards from the goal, and Carron fired a dart past Loyola goalie Patrick O'Laughlin for the win.

"We oopsed," said Schertle. "I knew when we got into overtime, someone was gonna make a mistake, and we oopsed."

The two teams -- more noted for their annual football game played on Thanksgiving Day -- split in the regular season, each winning at the opposing school. Winning at Loyola for the second time made the victory all the sweeter for Calvert Hall.

"They aren't used to losing to us," said Calvert Hall's Don Anderson, the team's leading scorer. "It's been our goal to beat them here, and the way it happened makes it the greatest feeling in the world."

This is the second season that water polo has been sanctioned by the MIAA. The league now has five teams (McDonogh, Gilman, and Mount St. Joseph also play). Gilman won the league title last season.

"It's a great way to break up the monotony of training for swimming," said Schertle. "We played it at the club level for a few years before it was sanctioned, and I thought it would be a great mental outlet for the kids."

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