Each side gets in licks, but Calvert Hall ticks off win over St. Paul's

No. 4 Cards top No. 7, 11-9, earn 4th straight victory

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 12, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

As an All-Metro football defensive back, Calvert Hall's Nick Williams is accustomed to physical play.

But Williams was taken aback by the bone-crunching, penalty-marred action of yesterday's lacrosse contest on a muddy field at No. 7 St. Paul's.

"St. Paul's is a great team, but I didn't think they could hit like they did," said Williams, a member of the U.S. national under-19 team. "We had them by six goals, but they came back on us. I think they won the hits battle."

But the fourth-ranked Cardinals won their fourth straight game, 11-9, moving to 8-2 overall, 4-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

The Cardinals' six-goal second period led to their 9-4 halftime lead. Kevin Huntley (six goals, one assist for the game), Shane Nigrin (three goals) and Williams (two goals, one assists) led Calvert Hall, which converted all but one second-period shot - including four straight.

But the Cardinals had to overcome an emotional meltdown in the third period after pushing their lead to 10-4. They committed five penalties, and the Crusaders scored after four of them to get within 10-8 entering the fourth.

Cardinals keeper Jeremy Blevins (14 saves), who was leveled numerous times by larger Crusaders, got off the ground to make several key saves.

"When we're focused, we can be very good," said coach Bryan Kelly, whose Cardinals won 18 of 23 faceoffs (Matt Eckerl won 16 of 20 alone). "But when we lose focus, get stupid penalties, we're not good."

Nigrin was twice penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third period; Huntley and Williams once each. Pike Howard of St. Paul's committed three penalties. For the game, Calvert Hall was penalized eight times; St. Paul's 10 times.

"We felt like they were a little dirty, but it was stupid on our part to get back at them," said Huntley, who has 15 goals and four assists in the past three games. "They made a run off of our dumb penalties."

Crusaders sophomore Gavin Gill had one of his two goals and three of his four assists in the third quarter, when teammate Alex Salihi (two goals, one assist) scored twice and sophomore Bart Wagner (three goals) once.

Junior keeper Matt Landsman (eight saves) stopped five of Calvert Hall's six third-quarter shots after replacing starter Nolan Matthews (four saves).

"We really practice man-up, and were able to see openings," said Gill, whose older brother Conor, now a St. Paul's assistant, twice earned All-Metro honors and later starred at Virginia.

No. 1 Boys' Latin 8, No. 8 Severn 6: Adam Hagelin had three goals for the Lakers (9-1), who scored six straight goals to break a 2-2 halftime tie. Michael Phipps had two goals and an assist for Severn (4-5), which lost its fourth straight.

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