McDonogh knocks off No. 1 Calvert Hall in lacrosse, 11-7

  • McDonogh's Evan Glazer, left, advances the ball against Calvert Hall's Matt Diehl. The host and No. 3 Eagles topped the No. 1 Cardinals, 11-7.
McDonogh's Evan Glazer, left, advances the ball against… (Photo for The Baltimore…)
April 21, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

It took five weeks — roughly two-thirds of the lacrosse season — for a team to solve the puzzle that is top-ranked Calvert Hall.

No. 3 McDonogh scored nine of the game's first 10 goals and played sound defense in the second half to pull out an 11-7 win over the visiting Cardinals Thursday.

Senior attackman Connor Morgan finished with five goals and an assist and senior goalie Ben Falcone made eight of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to lead McDonogh over the previously undefeated Cardinals.

McDonogh (11-2) improves to 7-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, moving into a first-place tie with Calvert Hall (11-1, 7-1) in the Black Division.

Tied at 1 early in the first quarter, the Eagles executed precisely on offense with eight straight goals — the final one building a 9-1 advantage in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Morgan scored his goals in pairs in the first half — scoring two straight at the end of the first quarter for a 4-1 lead and two more in a row in the second quarter, with senior midfielder Brenny Daly assisting on three of the goals.

"We just came out fired up. We knew it was going to be a huge game, they were undefeated and this had huge implications for the playoff seeding," said Morgan. "[The first half] felt great — it felt like we couldn't be stopped. Our midfielders did a great job of dodging and fed the ball low and we finished our shots."

After Ryan Brown scored to cut the Eagles' lead to 11-6 with 9:19 to play in the game, Falcone made three consecutive saves soon to preserve a comfortable magrin.

The Cardinals outshot McDonogh 20-2 in the final quarter, but when Falcone wasn't making saves, most shots went high or wide. By the time Brian Bolewicki scored for Calvert Hall to close the gap to 11-7, only 1:39 remained on the clock.

Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly was proud of the character his team showed in the second half, but said McDonogh was simply the better team Thursday.

"They're a really good team and just stuck it to us in the beginning. You can't spot a team an 8-1 lead — they're just too good for that. You just have to give McDonogh all the credit. They just were the better team today," he said.

Keegan Michel scored two goals and added three assists for McDonogh, while Carter Brown led Calvert Hall with two goals and two assists.

Boys lacrosse

3 McDonogh 11, 1 Calvert Hall 7

Goals: CH – C. Brown 2, P. Kelly 2, R. Brown, Bolewicki, Diehl;

M – Morgan 5, Michel 2, Faby 2, Glaser, Valis.

Assists: CH – C. Brown 2, R. Brown,S. Kelly ;

M – Michel 3, Hauver, Morgan, Daly 3.

Saves: CH – Brust 7; M – Falcone 14.

Half: M, 8-1

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