Curley outlasts Indian Creek for MIAA B lacrosse championship; Haire leads way (VIDEO HERE!)
2022 MIAA B CONFERENCE LACROSSE CHAMPIONS
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY FRIARS
by Trevor Colgan
Special to VSN
It’s a tale as old as time: The Tortoise and the Hare.
If you know the story, the tortoise wins. In a reversal of the story on Friday in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Haire won.
This time, it was No. 17 Archbishop Curley and Caleb Haire, a senior attacker, who got out to an early lead and didn’t let up, defeating Indian Creek School, 15-10, to win the MIAA B Conference title.
Haire poured in five first half goals, and scored the dagger late in the fourth quarter for his sixth to pace the Friars.
He remembers the disappointment of losing last season’s title game to Friends School, and was sure to not let it happen again. The stress of the game melted off into relief, then into happiness as he stripped his gear off near midfield before he ran to mob his teammates.
“It’s surreal,” Haire said. “I remember the last time I was here. It was one of the worst days that I ever had in my whole lacrosse career. To come out and do what we did here today was truly special.”
Haire, a Hampton University commit, felt nerves coming into the game, and felt the need to shake them off. About halfway through the first quarter the nerves faded as he fired the ball into the back of the net off a Kirk Heise assist.
Seven seconds later, James Zingo scored off the faceoff. The Friars were off and running.
“We knew Indian Creek had a lot of firepower. We had to match it,” coach Chris Ogle said. “We were fortunate enough to get out early.”
Curley grew its lead two minutes later, with Haire getting his second. He scored three in the first quarter.
Will Mercer scored the only goal in the first 12 minutes for the Eagles, assisted by Benny Carter.
The Friars got two early goals in the second quarter, with Haire and Liam Roesener scoring. They both added goals later in the quarter. Haire assisted on both of Roesner’s goals, and Roesener assisted on Trey Magnaye’s goal in the quarter.
Indian Creek’s Cole Turner scored two goals in the quarter as the Eagles tried to chip away at Curley’s growing lead, which was 9-3 at halftime.
At the start of the second half, the Friars lead shrunk, as Indian Creek came out of the gates strong. Goals from Nick Stroble and Mercer shrunk the lead to four, with Curley leading 9-5.
Eagles coach Brian Silcott told his team at halftime to fight. And fight they did.
“When someone kicks you in the face, you’re either going to roll over and let them beat the hell out of you, or you can try to fight,” Silcott said. “The game could go one of two ways. We were going to fight clean, and fight like men. But we were going to come out and fight.”
It certainly looked as if the Eagles were going to claw back into the game, but Curley punched back. Roesner, Zingo and Colin Beishl found the back of the net to extend the lead to 12-5.
Turner and Mercer, who each had a hat trick, each chipped in a goal to close the lead late in the third quarter, but the Friars’ Kanell Ward found a goal to keep the Friars lead safe.
In the final quarter, facing a six goal deficit, the Eagles kept fighting back. Mercer, Carter and Stroble all scored, but Curley did just enough to hold on. Heise and Haire — who else — scored in the final period for the Friars, cementing their championship.
Haire focused on the basics all season, making sure he could get his team to this point. And he did.
“Watching Kaleb Haire mature has been a pleasure,” Ogle said. “He focused on what what’s important: the fundamentals.”
And for Haire, who was the center of attention all night, his final goal meant that he wasn’t going to feel that same pain as last season. And he wasn’t going to be another example of a hare.
“I felt like it sealed the deal,” Haire said. “I felt like it was it. Of course we had to keep playing but that was the game-sealer that we for sure got the victory.”
MIAA B CONFERENCE LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
No. 18 Archbishop Curley 15, Indian Creek School 10
Goals: Curley – Haire 6, Zingo 2, Roesener 3, Magnaye, Beishl, Ward, Heise. Indian Creek – Mercer 4, Turner 3, Stroble 2, Carter.
Assists: Curley – Heise, Haire 4, Roesener, Magnaye. Indian Creek – Carter 2, Roddy House 2.
Saves: Curley – Christian Kalb 7. Indian Creek – Ty Spencer 9
Curley 4 5 4 2 — 15
Indian Creek 1 2 4 3 — 10