The Calvert Hall Cardinals, a national top 25 boys' lacrosse pick for this season, opened the 2015 season with wins at the sixth annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic in North Carolina March 6-9.
Calvert Hall thumped defending North Carolina state champion Cardinal Gibbons High School, 11-1, March 7.
Freshman Jacob Kelly led all scorers with two goals and three assists. The ninth-grader has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.
Under Armour All-American Timmy Kelly and Jason Brown each added a pair of goals to go with a pair of assists. Jack Kinnear and Zach Green also had two scores apiece, while Kinnear added an assist. J.T. Bugliosi contributed a goal as well. Ryan Powers dominated faceoffs, taking 12-of-13. Goaltenders Joe McSorley (eight saves) and John Hulsman (two saves) faced relatively little offensive threat from Gibbons.
During Calvert Hall's 17-4 rout of Virginia's Cape Henry Collegiate School March 8, Timmy Kelly notched a hat trick and had three assists, while Jacob Kelly, Kevin Bartenfelder and Brown each added two scores. Bugliosi finished with a goal and four helpers. Powers controlled the X, winning all 10 of his faceoffs.
Elsewhere at the Classic, fellow Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association member Archbishop Spalding took a pair of close victories. The Cavaliers defeated Greensboro Day School (N.C.), 7-6, March 7 and won a double-overtime contest against Coppell High School (Texas) by the same score the following day.
Steve Hirschmann scored the game-winning goal against Coppell, while Zach Kalas and Connor Wallenhorst each had two goals and an assist. Goalie Justin Bell earned 10 saves.
Baltimore's Friends School, an MIAA B Conference member, did not fare as well, dropping contests to Pope High School (Ga.) and Marvin Ridge High School (N.C.).