Spalding rolls past Calvert Hall; Weisshaar and Tang combine for 10 goals (VIDEO HERE!)
by Derek Toney
Archbishop Spalding lacrosse found its offense and made history Tuesday afternoon.
The Cavaliers defeated Calvert Hall College, 14-8, in a MIAA A Conference contest in Severn. Josh Tang and junior Michael Weisshaar each scored five goals for Spalding (8-2 overall, 6-2 MIAA A).
The Anne Arundel County squad dismantled the Cardinals’ defense over the final 17 minutes of regulation, gaining its first win over the three-time reigning MIAA A champs. Spalding joined the A Conference in 2005.
After a lackluster showing in a 9-8 loss at Loyola Blakefield Friday, the Cavaliers reaffirmed Tuesday they’re a legitimate title contender in the nation’s premier high school boys lacrosse league.
“We were upset…it started in practice, we practiced hard and executed in the game,” said Tang, a senior midfielder bound to UMBC. “We were on fire.”
Held to a season-low in goals Friday, Spalding equaled it over the final two quarters Tuesday. Race Ripley added two scores.
“We challenged our guys to get back to playing Spalding lacrosse and sharing the ball,” said Cavaliers coach Brian Phipps. “We don’t have one particular best player, it’s a lot of great players sharing the ball and getting the job done.”
Spalding led wire-to-wire Tuesday as Tang’s hat trick paved the way to a 5-2 halftime advantage. Calvert Hall closed to 6-4 with 6:29 remaining in the third, then the Cavaliers, behind the face-off work of senior Richard Fleece and junior Blake Malamphy, went into another gear.
Finn Kelly sliced through the Cardinals’ defense for an unassisted goal, followed with another unassisted tally from junior Ryan Schrier. Up 9-6, Spalding put up three goals in the first two minutes of the fourth for a commanding 12-6 advantage as Tang unleashed a pair of unassisted strikes.
Weisshaar, who had a fourth quarter hat trick, said the Cavaliers wanted to make a statement Tuesday.
“We wanted to prove everyone that we belong and we want a championship,” said Weisshaar, who’s committed to Towson.
Senior attack Mic Kelly led Calvert Hall (4-4, 4-4 MIAA A) with three goals, and EJ Vasile scored twice. The Cardinals, playing their third game in five days, had no answers for Spalding’s offense in the second half.
“They’re a tough team to stop when they have the ball,” said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly. “We’re getting better and I feel good about the trajectory of our team. Our effort was good.”
The Cavalier coaches and players (under jerseys) wore pink t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness. Junior reserve goalie Connor McMahon, whose mother is bravely fighting cancer, closed out Tuesday’s historic victory.
Spalding travels to St. Mary’s Thursday afternoon in a critical league match. The Saints (6-1 MIAA A), who outlasted Boys’ Latin School in overtime, 11-10, Tuesday, hold a half-game lead over their Anne Arundel rivals for second-place and the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.
“It’s great to see the success Anne Arundel County teams are having with the Baltimore big boys,” said Phipps, whose team ranked No. 4 nationally by Inside Lacrosse. “We got our work cut out for us Thursday.”
Archbishop Spalding 14, Calvert Hall College 8
Goals: Calvert Hall – Mic Kelly 3, EJ Vasile 2, Shuey Kelly, Ethan Long, Jordan Wray;
Assists: Calvert Hall – Mic Kelly 2, Shuey Kelly, Vasile; Spalding – Will Duffy, Nicholas Gutierrez, Blake Malamphy, Ryan Schrier
Saves: Calvert Hall – Tommy Lubin 4, Luca Mercaldo; Spalding – Jacob Oliver 7, Connor McMahon
Calvert Hall 0 2 4 2 – 8
Spalding 2 3 4 5 – 14