After dominating the competition in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference all season, the Calvert Hall water polo team rolled to the conference championship with a 15-6 victory over Loyola on Saturday.
Actually, the Cardinals have been unstoppable the past seven years. The win was the 58th straight conference victory under coach Don Anderson, who has yet to lose a conference game in his seven-year tenure.
"It doesn't matter how many you won, it's a total mental and psychological thing," Anderson said. "If you don't go in ready to play, there's always the potential of losing."
Calvert Hall is led by senior Mike Helou. He had five goals against the Dons and has "in the neighborhood of 100" goals this season.
Calvert Hall has a 21-1 record, with its only defeat by 7-5 against Greenwich (Conn.) High.
With the conference championships behind them, Calvert Hall will move to the Eastern Prep School Championships in Lawrenceville, N.J., on Saturday and Sunday, followed by the Eastern Championships the weekend after that.
Mavs win county title
Whenever Eastern Tech and Loch Raven meet in girls soccer these days, there's a lot on the line.
Eastern Tech won the first round Monday night with a 3-1 victory for the Baltimore County championship. The two could meet again Tuesday for the Class 2A North region title and the chance to move on to the state semifinals.
Monday's game came with great anticipation, not only because the two teams tied, 1-1, in last year's county final, but because the game had been rained out three times.
The visiting Mavericks (11-2-1) got a first-half goal from Leah Taylor and another early in the second half from Sarah Holmes before the Raiders could get on the board. Jamie Richardson added the final goal, while Rachel Trageser and Amber Womack had assists.
"We struggled in the beginning of the season with finishing," Mavericks coach Kim Williams said. We were finding ourselves a second-half team, which isn't bad, but it's not easy to come out with a 1-0 deficit in the second half. The last few games, it seems to be bringing itself together."
Doves take the 5th
Western coach Sue Winemiller wondered at the start of this season whether this would be the year the Doves' girls soccer streaks came to an end.
Only six players returned to the lineup, but the Doves managed to win the Baltimore City championship for the fifth straight year and extend their league unbeaten streak to 45 games (43-0-2).
The Doves finished 9-0-1 in the city with a 1-1 tie vs. Poly, although they beat the Engineers, 1-0, in the season's first meeting. Seven of the Doves' victories over city foes came by one goal.
While Macee Wray led the offense with 11 goals and three assists and Leah Steber controlled the midfield, the Doves' greatest strength was in their defense, anchored by sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Mengele.
Shared soccer title
The No. 10 Perry Hall and No. 15 Franklin boys soccer teams fought to a 1-1 draw to share the Baltimore County championship last week.
The teams had played twice previously this season - a 3-1 Gators win in the first game and a 0-0 tie in the second. The much-anticipated third game was scheduled for last Wednesday at CCBC-Essex, but rain delayed it until Sunday, with the site moving to Franklin.
"It was frustrating. We would've preferred to play it earlier," Franklin coach Ian Reed said. "It was the same for both teams, though. The field got sloppier and sloppier, and that didn't help."
After the teams went into halftime tied 1-1, the ground game slowed in the second half, due in large part to the mud on the field. There were lots of throw-ins, and once the ball reached one end of the field, it often stayed there for several minutes.
"[The mud] really affected the flow of the game," Perry Hall coach Daniel Skelton said. "Players were having a difficult time clearing the area because of the mud and how thick the area was."
Fernando Ibanez scored the Indians' goal from 8 yards off a cross by Joe Peraza. Perry Hall's Chris Sokolis scored on a diving header off a throw-in into the penalty box.
Both teams have advanced to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs. Perry Hall is a No. 1 seed in the 4A North division and Franklin is No. 1 in 3A North.
Cards end Dons' run
After falling to Loyola by one point in last year's MIAA cross country championships, the Calvert Hall boys were determined to outrun the Dons this fall.
In last week's regular-season dual meet, the No. 1 Cardinals not only beat the No. 10 Dons, 20-43, but they also ended Loyola's streak of 40 straight dual-meet wins dating back five years.
"We're a little bit more experienced, a bit more determined," said Cardinals coach Randy Fowler, whose team was 7-0 in the MIAA going into yesterday's meet at McDonogh.
He also added runners, providing depth the Cardinals didn't have last year. All 11 varsity runners have spent time in the top seven and, including junior varsity runners, 16 Cardinals can run three miles in less than 18 minutes.