It was comparable to a playoff-elimination game at Calvert Hall on Tuesday, with the winner of the Loyola-Calvert Hall end of the season-rivalry game, earning a playoff berth and the loser going home. As it turned out, the Hall eliminated the defending conference champions, 6-3, on a sun-drenched day at Calvert Hall.
Five different players scored for Calvert Hall, and Ryan Powers set the tone on offense, winning 11-of-12 face-offs.
“I was really on the whistle,” said Powers. “It definitely helped going against [Stephen Kelly] every day last year.” Kelly was the premier face-off man in the region before graduating last spring and continuing his career at the University of North Carolina.
Loyola held a 1-0 lead after one quarter of play on a goal by Steve Jones, but the Hall scored three unanswered goals in the second quarter to take a 3-1 lead at intermission. Evan Minter, Jack Kinnear and Jason Brown all tallied in the second quarter. Minter, who added a second goal late in the fourth quarter said, “We knew they were going to double-team Timmy (Kelly), so we just had Timmy set a pick.”
Kelly joined in on the scoring in the third quarter, and Powers scored off a face-off in the fourth stanza.
“It was awesome beating them,” said the high scoring Kelly. “The job of the defense saved us.”
Matty Brashers said that their (Loyola’s) offense runs through Ryan Conrad, and we shut down their plan.”
Hall coach Bryan Kelly said it was a complete team win. “I thought we did a good job of game-planning. The kids bought into what we were trying to do and they executed.”
Coach Kelly praised the work of defenders Erik Evans, Michael Lanahan, goalie Joe McSorley, Matt Huertas, (“He’s been phenomenal”), Owen Dingman and Matt Burke.
“Our defense played great. We knew we had to stop Ryan Conrad, who is an outstanding player, [and we did].”
CALVERT HALL 6, LOYOLA 3
LOY 1 0 0 2 — 3
CH 0 3 1 2 – 6
Goals: LOY-Jones 1, Lombardo 1, Smih 1; CH-Mintez 2, Kinnear 1, Brown 1, Kelly 1, Powers 1.
Assists: LOY-Lombardo 1, Roesner 1; CH-Kelly 1, Brashears 1.
Saves: LOY-Newton 12, CH-McSorley 10.