Curley drops Friends for MIAA B lax top spot; Evans scores four goals

Christian Kalb (left), Denzel Evans and Gunner Settar helped Curley lacrosse to first-place in MIAA B Conference lacrosse Tuesday. The Friars defeated Friends, 11-7, in Baltimore City.

by Derek Toney

With only three players with varsity experience, Archbishop Curley’s lacrosse team is a work in progress. In their biggest game to date Tuesday, the Friars put together arguably their best performance.

Curley defeated Friends School, 11-7, in a MIAA B Conference contest on Sinclair Lane. Senior attack Denzel Evans scored four goals for the Friars, and Caleb Haire tallied twice and had an assist.

Curley (4-3 overall, 4-0 MIAA B) scored the game’s first four goals, then assembled another four-goal assault in the second half to pull away and claim sole possession of first in the MIAA B. Junior attack Jake Louis scored twice and Kirk Heise finished with a goal and an assist.

Friars coach Chris Ogle was impressed with his squad’s intensity from the opening face-off.

“I think we did an outstanding job in the middle of the field on the ground balls, and our overall toughness,” said Ogle. “Defensively, we played really well against our matches.”

“We were focus and ready to compete,” said Curley senior longstick defender Gunner Settar.

Settar, who will play for Frostburg State University next spring, along with defensive mates Matt Miller and sophomore Jack Rock and junior goalie Christian Kalb kept Friends’ offense in check for most of the second half. Kalb had four of his six stops in the second half Tuesday.

“We wanted to win this game and I had to step up huge,” said Kalb.

With the Friars up 6-4, Kalb nabbed a Friends shot and Curley’s offense turned it into a break as Haire finished a pass from Denim Evans and scored, pushing the hosts’ advantage to 7-4 with 6 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third quarter. Denzel Evans found space and converted the third of his four unassisted tallies, and Louis recorded his second goal, off another Denim Evans’ helper, making it 9-4 early in the fourth.

Denzel Evans, who’s headed to Bates College with brother Denim, scored twice inside the game’s first five minutes. It was 4-0 early in the second after senior Lee Rock scooped up a groundball in front of goal and fired a shot past Quaker goalie Garrett Taylor.

Denzel Evans, a three-year starter isn’t surprised the Friars are having success with a young team.

“Coach Ogle is putting guys in spots to succeed and motivating us,” said Denzel Evans. “The younger guys are stepping up and that’s all you can ask. When the seniors leave, the program will be good in hands.”

Harry Deller finished with a hat trick for Friends, and Ned Forbush scored two goals. Trailing 5-1 midway in the second, the Charles Street school battled back to 5-4 early in third after Forbush’s second tally.

The Quakers (3-1, 3-1 MIAA A), who defeated Saints Peter & Paul, Annapolis Area Christian School and Indian Creek School to start their 2021 campaign, were mostly off tracked Tuesday.

“They (Curley) was the more aggressive team,,” said Friends coach Bill Ball. “They got to ground balls and that was the difference…hopefully we can respond.”

Ogle said playing MIAA A squads Archbishop Spalding, Mount St. Joseph and Severn School to start the season helped prepare Curley for B play. The Friars travel to AACS Friday afternoon before going to Easton for Saints Peter & Paul, a week from Friday.

“We were shut down after our first scrimmage last year so the seniors this year haven’t played in a varsity game. We’re learning everyday,” said Ogle. “These kids are resilient and they do their best. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Archbishop Curley 11, Friends School 7

Goals: Friends – Harry Deller 3, Ned Forbush 2, Bryan Hastings, Bo Whiteford; Curley – Denzel Evans 4, Caleb Haire 2, Jake Louis 2, Denim Evans, Kirk Heise, Lee Rock

Assists: Friends – Sam Burgunder, Colin Dubose; Curley – Denim Evans 2, Caleb Haire, Lee Rock

Saves: Friends – Garrett Taylor 10; Curley – Christian Kalb 6

Friends 0 3 1 3 – 7

Curley 3 2 3 3 – 11