Above: Senior Jacob Kelly (#9), the latest in a long line of Kelly cousins to lead Calvert Hall, is the reigning VSN Offensive Player of the Year
As usual, a Kelly leads the way for the Cardinals; CHC will play with heavy hearts after the loss assistant coach Dave Huntley
by Nelson Coffin
CALVERT HALL COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL CARDINALS
COACH: Bryan Kelly, 23rd year, 253-103
TOP RETURNERS: Jacob Kelly (Sr., A, North Carolina); Zach Greene (Sr. A/M, Maryland); George Walsh (Sr., D, Ohio State), Liam Darragh (Sr., G, Johns Hopkins).
KEY LOSSES: JT Bugliosi (Ohio State), Brendan Curry (Syracuse).
TOP NEWCOMERS: Ham McPartland (Soph., faceoff); Chris Cottine (Fr., faceoff); Ethan Long (Fr., D).
OUTLOOK: Losing standouts such as Bugliosi and Curry to graduation pales in comparison to the loss of longtime assistant coach Dave Huntley, who died in December after suffering a heart attack.
Huntley also coached the Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse and was an All-American at Johns Hopkins.
His son, Kevin, led Calvert Hall to the 2003 A Conference title and went on to star at his dad’s alma mater.
So the family ties to the Huntleys runs deep at the Towson all-boys Catholic school.
“It’s been a tough offseason,” Kelly said, although the Cardinals won their first three games of the 2018 campaign on a southern road trip before returning home to host Hill Academy on March 14. “Our motto will be ‘Let’s hunt for coach Huntley.’ Dave always preached to the kids about being a good teammate, and he told them that the results will take care of themselves.”
The Cardinals, who went unbeaten in the A Conference last spring to earn Kelly’s third title, still have enough talent returning to be taken very seriously again this season.
And it starts with 2017 VSN Offensive Player of the Year Jacob Kelly, who contributed 47 goals and 44 assists on an attack unit that will also include his younger brother, sophomore Daniel Kelly (UNC), Greene and sophomore Cole Herbert (UNC).
Another brother duo, Connor and Grant Mitchell (both Ohio State), will join fellow junior Jack Sawyer (Maryland) on the first midfield line, although Greene and Herbert may play some midfield as well.
Other middies to consider will be seniors Tim Kroneberger (Mercyhurst) and Brian Swain, junior Harrison Ewing and sophomores Rory Jones and Justin Mintzer.
Walsh, fellow seniors Will Thompson (Boston U.) and Garrett Zungailia and juniors Jake Snyder (Ohio State) and Parker Byrd (UNC) will man the close attack with senior Jack Connolly (Towson) and sophomore Sean Barwick handling longstick chores and senior Connon Maher (UNC) the top shortstick.
Darragh, backed up by sophomore Jackson Marshall, will play between the pipes.’
“We have some holes to fill this year,” Kelly said. “We had some holes to fill last year, too, but we figured it out. We’ll try to figure it out this year, too.”