Calvert Hall routs Mt. St. Joseph, 12-5

Huntley scores 7 goals to lead charge for Cards

Boys lacrosse

April 05, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mount St. Joseph scored three quick goals and controlled play in the early minutes of yesterday's matchup with Calvert Hall. But then everything changed, and the game belonged to Kevin Huntley and the host Cardinals after that.

Huntley sparked the team's six-goal run over the final two minutes of the first quarter and finished with a career-high seven goals to help No. 6 Calvert Hall roll to a 12-5 victory over No. 12 Mount St. Joseph in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

The Cardinals have relied on Huntley, who also had an assist, throughout the season, and he came through again yesterday.

The Gaels (2-3, 1-3) scored on their first two shots - at 24 seconds and 1:51 into the game - and stretched the lead to 3-0 on Brian Gargan's goal with 4:38 left in the first quarter.

That's when Huntley took charge. He scored three times as Calvert Hall (6-2, 2-2) got six unanswered goals over 1:41 in the final two minutes of the period to take a 6-3 lead with 13 seconds left. Matt Buschman (three goals, one assist) also scored twice to help the Cardinals take command.

"[Huntley] makes us go," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. "He's just a really good shooter."

Huntley got six of his seven goals in unsettled situations as Calvert Hall finally got its transition game going after the first 10 minutes. The Cardinals kept running and finding numerous scoring chances that involved the speedy and left-handed shooting Huntley.

"I just had to try to pick the guys up," Huntley said. "I wanted to get them up and get them going. Once we started going, we just kept it coming."

Huntley scored six goals earlier this season against Severn and now has 35 goals and 14 assists after eight games. He can score in a variety of ways and showed a pinpoint shot several times in yesterday's game.

The junior beat goalie Tom Scherr on one of those shots to give the Cardinals a 7-4 lead midway through the second period.

"They had the momentum early, but we just changed the momentum," Huntley said.

Calvert Hall also tightened up its defense and allowed just two goals in the final 40:38 - and blanked the Gaels in the second half.

Long-pole defensemen Ian Bohager and Ryan Browning also played tough as the Gaels' offense never got going after the first nine minutes, while its defense couldn't stop Huntley.

"We knew what he was coming in," Mount St. Joseph coach Tony Brockmeyer said. "He took it to us. I give him credit."

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