Calvert Hall begins MIAA A lax title defense with rout; Severn rallies past Mount St. Joseph (VIDEO HERE!)

John Carroll’s Carson Bulger loses the ball as Calvert Hall’s Ethan Long applies pressure during the first half of Thursday’s MIAA A Conference lacrosse playoff opener. The defending champ Cardinals advance to the quarterfinals with a 20-3 decision at Russo Stadium in Towson.

After emotional rivalry wins Tuesday, Severn School and Calvert Hall College took different paths in Thursday’s opening round of the MIAA A Conference playoffs.

The sixth-seeded Cardinals defeated John Carroll School, 20-3, at Russo Stadium while the Admirals posted a 10-8 decision over No. 10 seed Mount St. Joseph in Anne Arundel County. Severn and Calvert Hall next play in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Calvert Hall College began its pursuit of a fourth straight championship as Shuey Kelly had four goals and two assists, and Ethan Long and Mic Kelly each finished with two tallies and a pair of assists. Eleven players scored for the Cardinals.

The Hall (7-4 overall), which held off Loyola Blakefield, 12-11, Tuesday after leading 10-1, built a 9-0 halftime lead Thursday. Alex Ferrera added two goals and an assist, and EJ Vasile scored twice.

Travis Smith, Cam Carrigan and Jack Capurso scored for John Carroll (0-11). The 11th seeded Patriots played with heavy hearts Thursday.

Wednesday morning, sophomore Bailey Bullock, a member of John Carroll’s football team, died after a cardiac emergency outside the Bel Air school. The Patriots lacrosse team wore a No. 6 patch (Bullock’s football jersey number) on their jerseys Thursday.

After rallying past St. Mary’s Tuesday, Severn got all it could handle from No. 10 seed Mount St. Joseph. Paul Baldwin scored four goals for the Admirals (10-5) and Owen Wellschlager added a hat trick.

The Gaels (4-11) had Severn reeling early, building a 4-1 first quarter advantage. The Admirals came to life, scoring eight unanswered goals for a 9-4 lead midway in the third period.

Connor Layden, Sean Donegan and Jacob Todd each tallied for Severn. Cory Myers scored two goals for Mount St. Joseph.

The MIAA A quarterfinals – an eight-team affair with all 11 teams qualifying for the 2021 postseason because of the Covid-19 pandemic – are set. Calvert Hall will travel to Annapolis for a noon contest against third-seeded St. Mary’s (6-3) at Pascal Field while Saturday night, Severn plays at No. 2 seed Archbishop Spalding (10-2) for a spot in Tuesday’s semifinals at Navy Marine Corps Stadium.

Top-seed McDonogh School (10-0) hosts No. 8 St. Paul’s School (4-6), which defeated ninth-seeded Gilman School in overtime, Saturday at noon. Loyola Blakefield (6-4), the No. 4 seed hosts No. 5 Boys’ Latin School (7-4), at Hargaden Field in Towson at 10 a.m.