Calvert Hall, which has won a league best 10 MIAA water polo championships, including two of the last three, opened its title defense, Tuesday, with a thrilling, 12-11, overtime victory over 2012 champion McDonogh, on the road in Owings Mills.

Junior Cullen Seipp had a big game on both ends of the pool for the Cardinals, who went 3-0 over the weekend in Baltimore’s 9-6 victory over Philadelphia in the Philmore Cup.  Against McDonogh, Seipp scored twice, including the game winner in OT, had an assist and came up with two steals and one block on defense.

Sophomore Andrew Pagano proved to be Calvert Hall’s biggest offensive force, scoring six goals, while senior Chris Swartz, junior Alex Cappuccio, senior Matt Maras and junior Jeff Brady all had one goal each.

Swartz and Maras each had a pair of steals, while Brady had a steal, an assist and one block.  Senior Joe Ward contributed an assist.

Despite the offensive efficiency, the Cardinals would not have prevailed without the brilliant play of goalkeeper Brendan White.  White recorded 15 saves, including one on a penalty shot from the point blank range of five meters.

Senior Oliver Schmicke led McDonogh with four goals and three steals, while freshman Tristan Fujimura and junior William Fujimura each had three goals.  The Fujimura’s also combined for five steals.  The Eagles’ other goal was scored by Gordy Schroeder, who also had a steal.  In the McDonogh goal Sam Audia finished with seven saves.