St. Paul’s jumped back into MIAA A Conference lacrosse play, Tuesday, and earned a critical league win, 9-6, over Calvert Hall, on Tullai Field in Brooklandville.

Despite playing without three starters, midfielders Alex McGovern and BJ Mattheiss as well as top defender Bennett Moore, the Crusaders overcame a 3-2 first quarter deficit to forge ahead 5-4 at the half 5-4. Connor Sheehan, Henry Riehl and Carter Flaig each tallied goals to spark the Crusaders.

But, the Cardinals rallied and scored the first two goals of the third stanza, as Jason Brown and JT Bugliosi found the back of the net, to put their squad ahead, 6-5, with 7:27 left in the period.  Unfortunately for the Calvert Hall, it would be the last time the Cardinals would score in the contest. The St. Paul’s defense of Chase Bly, Zach Buhl, Connor Keenan, Whit Schweizer, Hunter Pearl, Brendon Connolly, John Faus, Mason Witzler and Daniel Ferber clamped down in front of goalie AJ Barretto.

From there, the Crusader offense took control of the game. Mitch Gordon scored unassisted to knot the game at 6-6. Mikey Wynne answered with a score off a feed from Flaig, and Liam Anderson scored a fast break goal off a feed from Daniel Ferber to allow the Crusies to finish the quarter with an 8-6 advantage. Sheehan would score his second goal of the game, off an assist by Wynne, to finish the scoring and give St. Paul’s the final margin of victory.

Wynne tallied two goals and assisted on another. Sheehan scored two goals, while Flaig added a goal with two helpers. Mason Witzler, Gordon and Anderson scored single tallies. Dawes Milchling and Ferber added single assists to round out the Crusader scoring.

Timmy Kelly scored twice for the Cards, while Bugliosi, Brown Hhertes and Michael Fanshaw added single scores.

AJ Barretto registered with 12 saves in the Crusader goal, and Joe McSorley finished with nine saves for Calvert Hall.

St. Paul’s record now stands at 9-5 overall and  4-1 in the conference. Calvert Hall dropped to 10-4 overall and 2-3 in league play. Friday, the Crusaders travel to Severn for a 3:30 pm game, while Calvert hall plays host to Gilman at 4:00 pm.