The first few weeks of the MIAA A Conference lacrosse season are always interesting. In a league where anyone can truly beat anyone, the first few weeks are a barometer of who actually may standout a little further from the crowd.
Judging by Friday night’s impressive win over No. 4 Calvert Hall, under the lights in Towson, count No. 6 St. Mary’s among those who appears to be stepping forward.
The Saints (5-3 overalll, 2-0 MIAA A) outscored Calvert Hall, 5-1, in the third quarter to turn a one-goal halftime advantage into a 10-5 lead. The Annapolis school joins Loyola Blakefield as the only two teams off to a 2-0 start in America’s highest rated boys lacrosse league.
“It’s really early in the season and we got a lot of work to do,” said St. Mary’s coach Ben Rubeor. “The boys played hard and dealt with adversity.”
St. Mary’s got a pair of hat tricks with Timmy Hardy and Bennett Johnson each netting three goals. In addition, Jake Carraway and Sean Mooney scored twice. Jack Andrews and Kevin Fox had the other two St. Mary’s goals, and Andrews had two assists. Mooney, Carraway, Hardy and Rocco King also had helpers.
Leading 5-4 at halftime, St. Mary’s ran off three straight tallies, the last from Johnson, for an 8-4 advantage with 6 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third. The Cardinals got to within 8-5 on Connor Pearce’s unassisted score, but scores by Mooney and a man-down strike by Carraway with 16.1 seconds left in the period put the Saints in control.
Perhaps St. Mary’s top performer on the evening was faceoff specialist Alex Woodall who was absolutely dominant, winning 20-of-21 draws. Zack Nichols also went 1-for-1 for the Saints.
“We focused on pulling away in the second half,” said Woodall, who will play for High Point University next season. “We’ve lost a lot of one and two-goals game in my four years.”
Pearce and North Carolina-bound Timmy Kelly each scored three goals for Calvert Hall (8-2, 1-1 MIAA A), which defeated No. 3 Boys’ Latin School in the league opener Tuesday. Ethan Mitchell got the other Cardinal goal.
Timmy Troutner recorded 15 saves for St. Mary’s, which is off to its first 2-0 start in MIAA A play since 2012. The Saints welcome top-ranked St. Paul’s School Tuesday.
“This league punishes you if you get too high or too low after a win,” said Rubeor. “I like to think our group of boys, not having much success the past couple of years understand this is a long road and Tuesday we better play our best lacrosse.”
No. 6 St. Mary’s 12, No. 4 Calvert Hall College 7
Goals: St. Mary’s – Hardy 3, Johnson 3, Carraway 2, Mooney 2, Andrews, Fox; Calvert Hall – Kelly, Pearce, Mitchell
Assists: St. Mary’s – Carraway, Hardy, King, Mooney
Saves: St. Mary’s – Troutner 15; Calvert Hall – McSorley 14
St. Mary’s 2 3 5 2 – 12
Calvert Hall 2 2 1 2 – 7