McDonogh breaks out: Loyola and Gilman keep winning; complete breakdown of MIAA A playoff seeding scenarios here
by Joe DiBlasi
No. 7 Archbishop Curley blanked No. 11 Calvert Hall, 1-0, on Tuesday in East Baltimore, to complete a regular season sweep of their long time soccer rivals. The win completed Curley’s regular season and clinched the fourth seed for the Friars in the upcoming MIAA A Conference playoffs.
The Friars will host a quarterfinal playoff game next Monday at Curley and it is likely to be a third meeting with Calvert Hall (see playoff scenarios below).
Curley senior defender T Garcia got the only goal of the day, sending a hard, low blast from left wing. With players from both teams sliding into the box for a piece of the ball, the shot deflect off a Cardinal defender and into the goal.
“I got the ball out wide from Brandon Holy,” said Garcia. “I took it down the line, and there were two defenders. I took it down the outside and I hit it with my left foot, took a deflection and it went in.”
The win was critical according to Curley coach Barry Stitz.
“We knew we had to win to secure the fourth seed, and to get a shutout was important,” said Stitz.
“The second half of the season we’ve been much better off than we were the first half,” added Stitz. “In the beginning of the year we struggled to score goals. Defensively we’ve been much better especially in the last 2 or 3 weeks.”
Another key according to Stitz is the continued progress of freshman goalie Mike Caulkins.
“He had another good game today,” said Stitz of Caulkins. “He knows how to clear the line and he was a presence back there today.”
The humble freshman just wants to help his team win.
“The win meant a lot for us,” said Caulkins. “We secured the fourth place position. We’re working for the championship game. Getting a clean sheet against a quality team like Calvert Hall is good, and it keeps up our momentum.”
Calvert Hall, which has been besieged by injuries throughout the fall, having already lost the services of Bobby Wells, Jake Bleacher, and Sean Barwick and seeing two more starters, Luke Ferrarese and Cam Ohrin, knocked out of Tuesday’s contest.
Despite the adversity Cardinal coach Rich Zinkand is taking a next man up approach.
“I think we would have been more effective with those guys, but the effort was there,” said Zinkand. “The goal was unfortunate [for us]. T. Garcia did a good job of getting to the end line and he put a good ball in.”
The Hall got another solid performance from senior keeper Spencer Nattans, who made nine saves, including a spectacular diving stop that prevented Curley from netting a clinching score in the second half.
“He has been a good leader for us,” said Zinkand of Nattans. “He has kept us in some games, and he’s made some big saves. “We’re going to need him down the stretch.”
Pictured above: Curley’s Jalen Anderson (#18) watches his pass advance forward a Calvert Hall’s Cam Ohrin (#15) defends.
NO. 7 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 1, NO. 11 CALVERT HALL 0
CH 0 0 — 0
AC 1 0 — 1
SAVES: CH-Nattans 9; AC-Caulkins 5.
NO. 4 MCDONOGH 7, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 1
Just two days after falling to Archbishop Spalding, 3-1, No. 4 McDonogh snapped out of recent slump with a seven goal explosion, defeating the Cavaliers, 7-1, in Owings Mills.
Andrew Privett and Rickie Nichols led the way with two goals each, while Luke Davis, Ian MacDonald and Ethan Glaser netted one each.
Leo DePole scored Spalding’s goal with an assist from Alex Flores.
NO. 1 LOYOLA 4, JOHN CARROLL 0
No. 1 Loyola stayed undefeated as the Dons got goals from Chase Llewellyn, John Peterson, Dominic Caltabiano and Julian Schmugee. Assists were provided by Luke Briggs, Peterson, Cole Hendricks and Llewellyn.
Pat Milmoe, Tyler Ledford, Hunter Craig, and Ethan Jones all played in goal and combined for two saves in the shutout.
NO. 6 GILMAN 1, ST. PAUL’S 0
No. 6 Gilman played excellent defense once again in downing St. Paul’s, on the road in Brooklandville, 1-0.
Johnn Melancon scored unassisted for the game’s only goal and Grant Farley had a single save to earn the shutout.
PLAYOFF SEEDING SCENARIOS
Loyola (15-0, 45 points) – Has clinched first place and will host a a semifinal playoff game on Nov. 1
Gilman (10-3-2, 32 points) – Currently in second place and can clinch the second seed with a win over Loyola on Thursday. The Greyhounds can also clinch second with a McDonogh loss in one of its final two games. If Gilman and McDonogh tie for second place, McDonogh owns the tie break by virtue of a 1-0-1 head-to-head record. Gilman will either host a semifinal game on Nov. 1 as the second seed or host a quarterfinal game on Oct. 29 as the third seed.
McDonogh (9-4-1, 28 points) – Currently tied for third with Archbishop Curley, but owns the tie break over Curley by virtue of its 1-0-1 record against Gilman compared to the Friars 0-1-1 mark against the Greyhounds, and thus has clinched third place. (The teams split head-to-head and both went 0-2 against Loyola, moving the tie-break to Gilman results) McDonogh can move up to the second seed with wins over John Carroll on Thursday and Calvert Hall on Friday. McDonogh will either host a semifinal game on Nov. 1 as the second seed or host a quarterfinal game on Oct. 29 as the third seed.
Archbishop Curley (9-6-1, 28 points) – Curley’s regular season is complete and the Friars are locked in as the fourth seed. Curley will host a quarterfinal game on Oct. 29.
Calvert Hall (7-7, 21 points) – Calvert Hall is currently in fifth place. The Cardinals can hold that position with a win or tie in one of its final two games, at St. Paul’s on Thursday and at McDonogh on Friday. If the Cardinals lose both games and Mount St. Joseph wins its final game, the Gaels will move into the fifth seed and Calvert Hall would fall back to the sixth seed. If the two teams tie, Calvert Hall owns the tie break by virtue of its 1-1 record against Gilman, compared MSJ’s 0-2 mark vs. the Greyhounds. Calvert Hall will either play at Curley on Oct. 29 as the fifth seed or at the third seed (either Gilman or McDonogh) as the sixth on Oct. 29.
Mount St. Joseph (6-8-1, 19 points) – Mount St. Joseph has clinched at least the sixth seed and will play, on the road, in a quarterfinal playoff game on Oct. 29. If the Gaels win their regular season finale at Archbishop Spalding on Thursday and Calvert Hall loses its final two games, St. Joe will move up to the fifth seed. Mount St. Joe will either play at Curley on Oct. 29 as the fifth seed or at the third seed (either Gilman or McDonogh) as the sixth on Oct. 29.