No. 1 Calvert Hall tops No. 4 St. Mary's, 11-7

Six-goal lead dwindles, but Huntley, Blevins lift '03 champs to 8th straight

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall wasted little time in picking up right where it left off last year.

Thanks primarily to a transition game that started at its defensive end, the top-ranked defending champs jumped ahead by six goals early and held off visiting St. Mary's, 11-7, yesterday in a rematch of last season's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game.

All-Metro Player of The Year Kevin Huntley scored five goals and assisted on another, and second-team All-Metro keeper Jeremy Blevins made 14 of his 20 saves in the first half as the Cardinals (4-0 overall, 1-0 league) won their eighth straight game.

"We came out flat-footed," said Matt Hogan, whose No. 4 Saints are 3-2, 0-1. "Calvert Hall attacked the ball on the offensive end and ran through every pass. We were a little slow in reacting to it."

Huntley scored Calvert Hall's third, fourth, sixth and seventh goal for a 7-1 lead 10:53 before halftime.

Kevin Buchanan had three goals and assisted on the Cardinals' fourth and seventh goals. Chris Baldwin assisted on the Cardinals' sixth goal, and Phil Blevins had two assists. The Cardinals converted six of their eight first-quarter shots.

"[Jeremy] Blevins and the defense really stepped up," said the Johns Hopkins-bound Huntley, who has 23 goals and 11 assists. "They're the ones who set up our offense."

Defensive coordinator Dave Huntley, Kevin's father and an assistant to Bryan Kelly, credited Joe Amoyal, Brandon Hastings, Pat Geraghty and Scott Foreman for "digging ground balls" that helped to generate fast breaks.

On faceoffs, Maryland-bound Jeff Reynolds (two goals) and junior Nick Carr combined to win 10 of 22. Nevertheless, St. Mary's 6-foot-5, 250-pound All-Metro midfielder Will Dalton won nine of the 11 draws he took and often split double-teams to fire dangerous shots.

"They did a good job of sliding to [Dalton ]," Hogan said. "[They] tied him up some."

The Saints rallied, however, behind keeper Jason Carter, who made four of his 10 saves in the second quarter, sparking a 5-2 run as the Saints pulled to 9-6 heading into the fourth.

The Saints still are without attackman Garrett Stanwick (shoulder injury). But Hogan credited junior attackmen Justin Schneider - who scored two of his four goals in the third quarter - and Christian Pastirik (two goals, one assist).

"When we were down in the first quarter, I told the guys "Hey, we've played awful but we're OK,' " Hogan said. "I'm proud of our comeback."

No. 7 McDonogh 9, No. 5 Boys' Latin 6: Collins Carey and Travis Reed scored three goals each to lead the visiting Eagles (9-0) to the MIAA A Conference win.

McDonogh held a 3-2 advantage before outscoring Boys' Latin 4-0 in the second half to take a 7-2 lead into the break.

Boys' Latin (5-1) rallied to score four third-quarter goals to cut the deficit to 8-6, but was shut out in the fourth quarter.

Chris Boland scored four goals to lead the Lakers.

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