It is not a cliche. Every game lacrosse game in the MIAA A Conference is up for grabs, especially when arch-rivals like Calvert Hall and Loyola face-off.
Tuesday afternoon at Blakefield, top-ranked Calvert Hall completed and undefeated regular season in the A Conference with a thrilling 9-8 win over No. 6 Loyola as the Cardinals scored the game-winning goal with just .5 seconds remain on the fourth quarter clock.
With the ball, Calvert Hall called timeout with 4.4 seconds left. Off the timeout, Jacob Kelly charged hard to the goal and beat the clock to stun the Dons and a large crowd gathered to watch the battle.
Calvert Hall (15-2 overall) had already locked up the top seed in the playoffs, but the win allowed the Cardinals to complete a rate 9-0 regular season in the league. Loyola (7-8 overall) finished 5-4 in league play and will be the fifth seed when the post-season kicks off on Friday. The Dons will visit fourth-seeded St. Paul’s, which also finished 5-4 in league play, but gets the home game playoff game by virtue of an earlier win over the Dons.
Jacob Kelly finished with two goals and an assist and JT Bugilosi had a goal and two assists. Cole Herbert added a goal and an assist for the Cardinals, while Jack Sawyer, Conner Mitchell, Trey Smith, Zach Green and Chance Campbell also scored.
Loyola’s Alex Reid led all scorers with three goals. Gavin Dambeck scored twice for the Dons and Liam Bateman had a goal and an assist. In addition, Jack Koras and Phil Weis each had a goal and Ryan Dunn had three assists.
With its 10-9 win over St. Paul’s, Boys’ Latin locked up the second seed and will also have a first round bye. The Lakers and Cardinals advance to next Monday’s semifinals at Johns Hopkins. McDonogh, which eliminated Gilman from the playoffs with a 16-9 win, Tuesday, will host sixth-seeded St. Mary’s in Friday’s other quarterfinal. St. Mary’s and Gilman tied for sixth, but the Saints own the head-to-head tie-breaker.