As a new lacrosse season dawned in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, on Tuesday afternoon, and Calvert Hall and Gilman renewed a longtime rivalry, which has typically favored the Greyhounds, in Roland Park.
Yet, after falling in 10 of their previous 14 encounters with Gilman from 2005 to 2015, the No. 3 Cardinals (7-2, 1-0 league) claimed a convincing victory against their nemesis for the second year in a row.
Calvert Hall’s triumph on Tuesday, however, was not as easily accomplished as the 12-7 final score might indicate, especially given the way that eighth-ranked Gilman (4-4, 0-1) bounced back from a two-goal deficit in the first quarter and tied the score with a 3-0 run late in the second quarter as well.
Whether it was the lush grass field at Gilman and/or the determination of the Greyhounds to pull off what many observers would have considered a significant upset, the Cardinals had some shaky moments until they scored three goals in just over a minute late in the third quarter to pull away for good.
“The first league game’s a little bit different in just finding that groove that we eventually found later in the second half,” said Calvert Hall junior attackman Jacob Kelly, a North Carolina commit who led all scorers with five goals and an assist. “So it was a good start for us.”
Kelly and senior midfielder Brendan Curry, who chipped in with a pair of goals and added an assist, said that Gilman deserved plenty of kudos for its early rallies.
“They jumped on us early,” said Curry, who is headed to play for Syracuse in the fall. “But then we adjusted. We definitely talked about better shot selection at halftime, but credit their goalie (senior Sam Tirone), he definitely stood on his head. Then we started using the turf a little bit better, which we were not used to doing.”
The game turned after Calvert Hall took a 7-6 lead at the half when Jacob Kelly converted a feed from senior attackman JT Bugliosi after Woody Kelly sandwiched two goals around one by fellow senior midfielder Wade Oursler to tie the score for the Greyhounds.
Senior attackman Austin Hudson then tied the score for the last time on a nice inside look from junior midfielder Piper Bond early in the third quarter — the last Gilman goal for the final 21 minutes and 12 seconds.
Calvert Hall waited until the just over a minute remained in the period to bolt back on top on an extra-man goal by senior midfielder Omari DeBerry, who, like Bugliosi, is headed to Ohio State.
Junior midfielder Chance Campbell then gobbled up the ensuing face-off, rumbled down the right alley and beat Tirone for a 9-7 lead. Jacob Kelly and Bugliosi teamed up for the final goal and a 10-7 advantage with just 13 second left in the period.
Curry grabbed a loose ball after a scramble in front of the goal and rifled it into the net from about 10 yards early in the final period before junior midfielder Peter Greene closed out the scoring with just over three minutes left in regulation.
“We made some adjustments in the second half and were doing a better job of getting on their shooters’ hands,” Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. “And once we were getting the ball more in the second half, we were able to score.”
It helped that junior goalie Liam Durragh settled down in the second half for the Cardinals, nearly matching Tirone’s eight saves with seven of his own.
“Liam’s a good goalie,” Jacob Kelly said. “He let in a few (goals) he normally wouldn’t have early, but he figured it out, and that was big for us.”
Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said he liked what he saw from his team, his goalie and face-off specialist Liam Muhley.
“I like how we competed,” Matthews said. “Liam did a good job and I was impressed with Sam. He has ability and he’s very athletic. But they got those three goals at the end of the third period, and couple of them came after strong rides. They were riding hard and they created a lot of unsettled situations, and they deserve credit for that.”
NO. 3 CALVERT HALL 12, NO. 8 GILMAN 7
CH 6 1 3 2 — 12
GIL 3 3 1 0 — 7
GOALS: Calvert Hall – Jacob Kelly 5, Brendan Curry 2, JT Bugliosi, Zach Green, Omari DeBerry, Chance Campbell, Trey Smith; Gilman – Woody Kelly 2, Austin Hudson, Johnny Shapiro, Piper Bond, Jordan Yaffe, Wade Oursler.
ASSISTS: Calvert Hall – JT Bugliosi 2, Jacob Kelly, Brendan Curry, Zach Green; Gilman – Ronald Fisher, Piper Bond.
SAVES: Calvert Hall – Liam Durragh 7; Gilman – Sam Tirone 8.