Assistant coach Torre Kasemeyer provided the only motivation Calvert Hall would need heading into yesterday's game with Dulaney in the Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
"I told them: `We're 0-2 on this field [Homewood] since I've been here. We lost to Mount Hebron in this tournament, and to Boys' Latin in the final four,' " said Kasemeyer, referring to losses in the Cardinals' 1997 season. "And when they [Dulaney] beat McDonogh on Saturday, I was on the phone with players that night. I told them: `Pick up the paper tomorrow. You're going to see a shock.' "
The No. 2 Cardinals (10-3) responded with a 12-6 rout of the three-time 4A-3A public school champion Lions (6-2). No. 6 Dulaney succumbed to a seven-goal run that erased a second-period 4-4 tie in its bid for a second straight upset of a Baltimore-area private school power.
Kevin Huntley had five goals and an assist, Nick Williams scored twice and Grant Martin had two assists. Calvert Hall keeper Jeremy Blevins had 18 saves, and Matt Eckerl led a 13-8 faceoffs advantage.
"It wasn't a problem getting up for this game because our guys don't want to lose to a public school team," said Huntley, who has 54 goals for a team that has won six of its past seven games. "When we saw they beat McDonogh - and we had a tough time with McDonogh [an 8-5 win] - you gotta say, `Hey, we're not going to let them beat us.' "
The Cardinals shut down top-scoring Lions attackmen Kyle Batton (33 goals, 16 assists) and Cary Howard (15, 15). The duo that teamed for seven goals and four assists in Saturday's 14-13 upset of then-No. 8 McDonogh had only one assist yesterday, when Batton fed Will Englehart (two, one) for the game's last goal with 2:38 to play.
"We were a little tired after Saturday, saying, `Oh my goodness, now on Monday, we've got to play another MIAA school.' But we came out ready to play," said Dulaney's James Russo, whose second goal tied the game at 4. "We figured we're tied, let's take it and run with it. But it didn't go our way."
Cardinals coach Bryan Kelly credited defenders Chris Dunlop, Anthony Meile, Joe Amoyal, Ian Bohager, Ryan Browning and Tim Marshall. Marshall had the Cardinals' third goal for a 3-2 lead.
"The key for us was to play position defense," said Kelly, an All-American defenseman on North Carolina's 1991 NCAA championship team. "We did what we were supposed to do, and our goalie played huge."