Calvert Hall passes bar exam, Loyola

Hitting crossbar 5 times, Cards top Dons in OT, 10-9

Water polo

High School

October 16, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Calvert Hall water polo team slowed Loyola last night with the tough defense that has been its trademark all season.

The Cardinals, however, experienced some unusual problems shooting the ball, hitting the crossbar five times. But they got straightened out just in time, with Chris McGaunn scoring the game-winning goal with 59 seconds left in overtime to defeat visiting Loyola, 10-9.

The victory gave Calvert Hall (11-0 overall, 7-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) the top spot in the league tournament Oct. 25 at Loyola. Loyola (11-3, 5-2) will get the second seed in the four-team tournament.

Calvert Hall has won the previous two MIAA championships and also scored a 7-5 victory over Loyola earlier this season.

The Cardinals, who came into yesterday averaging 15 goals, used their tough defense to overcome the offensive problems. Calvert Hall did a good job of rarely letting Loyola players get open and double-teaming top scorer Rory Brannan (three goals).

"That's our bread and butter," Calvert Hall coach Don Anderson said. "That's something I've preached ... since I took over four years ago."

Dons coach Keith Schertle agreed that the Calvert Hall defense disrupted his offense in different ways.

"They took away our ability to get the ball to [Rory] well," Schertle said. "We didn't give Rory the ball enough in the beginning and we gave it to him in the wrong places."

The Cardinals jumped in front when Alex Thomas scored three of his four goals en route to a 3-1 first-period lead. Loyola slowly worked its way back, taking a 5-4 lead when Brannan scored with 38 seconds left in the half.

McGaunn tied the score with a goal as time ran out in the half. The teams traded goals early in the second half before the Cardinals appeared to take command with two straight scores.

Thomas gave Calvert Hall a 7-6 lead on a hard shot to the top left corner with 24 seconds left in the third period. The Cardinals stretched it to 8-6 when Steve Fulcher scored on a shot that hit goalie Lee Considine's hand and trickled in with five minutes left.

But Brannan scored with 1:32 left, and Loyola sent the game into overtime on a Chris Roil goal with five seconds remaining. The Dons took the lead 49 seconds into the first of two three-minute overtimes when Chris Happel scored on a spinning shot from in front.

Calvert Hall's Zack Anderson tied it at 9 on a long shot with 54 seconds left in the first overtime. McGaunn then got the game-winner by wheeling around and sending a hard shot past Considine.

"I knew I had to shoot it," McGaunn said. "I just threw it to the corner and hoped the goalie wouldn't stop it."

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