Calvert Hall trips Mt. St. Joe in OT

Comer's quick goal lifts No. 5 Cardinals, 6-5, in `tough game' vs. Gaels

Boys lacrosse

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April 30, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

D.J. Comer converted Andrew Reinhardt's pass 24 seconds into overtime, lifting visiting fifth-ranked Calvert Hall over No. 8 Mount St. Joseph, 6-5, yesterday.

Reinhardt had two assists and Phil Blevins and Kevin Kelly each scored twice as the Cardinals (10-4 overall, 6-3 league) likely secured a berth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs.

The top six in the 11-team conference reach the postseason. The Gaels (8-5, 3-5) probably are out of contention.

"Tough game. They play hard and physical," said Calvert Hall's Danny Mulford, whose cousin, Justin, plays for the Gaels. "I've told [Justin] they're a good team, but I told him we'd win."

But in a game that was tied three times, the emotionally charged Gaels never trailed until overtime. They led 2-0 with 4:10 left in the first quarter on goals by Allan Bach and Patrick March.

Dan Holub's two goals, assisted by Sam Buppert and Justin Reyman, had the Gaels ahead 4-2 at halftime.

"We had the momentum. I thought we'd carry it to the end," said Holub, who lamented an 11-2 advantage in faceoffs for Calvert Hall's Nick Carr. "Whoever has more possessions wins. They were one play better than us."

The Cardinals clamped down defensively with Danny Mulford, Scott Foreman, Mike Fronczak, Michael Bryan, Charles Saylor and All-Metro goalie Jeremy Blevins (10 saves). They also got third-quarter goals from Phil Blevins and Walker Jungers to make it 4-4 heading into the fourth quarter.

"They rammed it down our throats in the first half and had us worried," Phil Blevins said. "They played a zone that we didn't react well to."

The Gaels had their final lead, 5-4, after D.J. Widlake fed Justin Mulford for a goal with 10:10 left, but Phil Blevins tied the game at 5 with 8:32 remaining in regulation.

"We had the ball late, but didn't get a shot off [in regulation]," said Mount St. Joseph coach Tony Brockmeyer, whose goalie, Kevin Benzing, made 16 saves. "We were emotionally ready, gave a good effort. We've got McDonogh and Friends left. We'll try to finish winning."

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