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The Timmy Kelly Show
Junior midfielder Timmy Kelly scored eight goals to spark a comeback as host Calvert Hall (Md.) defeated The Hill Academy (Ontario), 10-9, March 14 during a nonleague boys' lacrosse game.
"I wasn't really counting, but I had a couple," Kelly said about his goal total. "I didn't play that well, turned the ball over too much. I have lots to work on.
"I was fortunate enough to get a few in the net."
Kelly's eruption helped the Cardinals rally from a 5-1 deficit and deal Hill Academy its first loss of the season. Kelly also assisted on a goal by Andrew Fanshaw.
"Once we got the ball, we did some good things," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said.
"It was a great game for Timmy; he is obviously a special player. I didn't think they could cover Timmy, so we just spread out and let him go.
"But it was a great game also for the defense. Our kids played sound and fundamental defense."
Kelly also praised Hill Academy, which was playing its third game during a three-day span -- including wins against St. Paul's (Md.), 12-11, and Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 12-10.
"They're tired," Kelly said. "It's their third game in a row. We scouted them pretty good. They are an awesome team. We have to keep building on it and getting better."
US Lacrosse Names Assistant Coaches For Women's U-19 Team
US Lacrosse announced the staff that will join head coach Kim Simons Tortolani in leading the 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team, and Bryn Mawr (Md.) head coach Wendy Kridel will be an assistant coach and Holy Child (Md.) head coach Sarah Aschenbach will serve as manager.
The 2014 season is Kridel's 17th as Bryn Mawr's head coach, and her ninth as co-head coach. Kridel, who is also Bryn Mawr's athletic director, previously served as the head coach of the U-19 team in 1999, 2003 and 2007, winning gold medals all three years with a combined 20-0 record. The U-19 team won a silver medal in 1995, when Kridel was an assistant coach.
Aschenbach was also manager of the U-19 team in 2011, when the U.S. won its fourth straight gold medal. The 2014 season marks her eighth as Holy Child's head coach, and 2014 is also her third year as executive director of the Tewaaraton Foundation.
Tryouts for the 2015 U-19 team will begin this spring, and the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Cup will be held July 23-Aug. 1, 2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Boys' Results From Last Week
March 13: Calvert Hall (Md.) 10, Hill Academy (Canada) 9
March 13: Landon (D.C.) 10, Calverton (Md.) 7
March 14: DeMatha (D.C.) 14, St. Anne's Belfield (Va.) 6
Girls' Results From Last Week
March 16: Roland Park (Md.) 9, Collegiate (Va.) 5
Boys' Schedule For This Week
March 20: Avon Old Farms (Conn.) vs. Landon (D.C.)
March 21: Trinity Pawling (Conn.) vs. Boys' Latin (Md.)
March 22: Cape Henlopen (Del.) vs. Bullis (D.C.)
Girls' Schedule For This Week
March 20: Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) vs. McDonogh (Md.)
March 21: Bishop McNamara (D.C.) vs. Good Counsel (Md.)
March 21: Atholton (Md.) vs. Marriotts Ridge (Md.)
Q&A: Fallston Boys' Head Coach Matt Parks
PressBox: How is practice going so far?
Matt Parks: Practice has been going great, when we can get outside. This crazy winter is not going away, so we are making the most of the situation, and we have gotten in some film and have done what we can in the gym and hopefully we can get [outside] and build from there.
PB: Fallston won 16 games last year and won a state title. How does it feel to be a top public school team in Maryland?
MP: There are a lot of similarities between this year and last year, as far as us replacing a lot of our seniors that graduated, and guys stepping into new roles.
To be honest, last year wasn't a huge surprise, but it was a surprise given how many guys graduated in 2012. So I think these guys have an understanding on what needs to happen and what guys need to do and prepare for opponents. A lot of guys were on varsity last year, but didn't see playing time in big games, so right now, it is a matter of just for those guys stepping up into those roles and learning from last year on how to prepare.
PB: The public schools continue to deliver competitive games to the MIAA schools every year. How has the experience been for your team when it plays against those teams, such as Gilman?
MP: It's a test for us, and the way we look at it is we have these out-of-conference games and the ability to schedule them unlike a lot of other county schools that are limited with their county schedules. So we want to find the best competition possible. That's the only truly way you can test yourself. Even the schools in public [league], we want to make sure we play top quality teams so kids can develop. With the way the club scene is going right now, these kids are playing against those kids all summer long anyway.
PB: Who are the players for fans to keep an eye on this season?
MP: Keegan Teluk, our faceoff specialist, ... was very instrumental in our run last year, and [I] hope he can do that again this year. Another middie is Wesley Rumpel, who returns as the leading scorer from last year. He will create some offense for us. [On] defense, Andrew Monaghan and junior Zack Roberts we hope will be the force and leadership back there.
PB: How does it feel to have top college programs recruit your kids?
MP: It's great for us. And if that's what they choose to do and if they want to play college lacrosse and we can facilitate that, we are excited for them. At the same time, we have a lot of guys that don't go on to play college lacrosse, but have the ability to, but don't, because those programs aren't a fit and isn't exactly the school they want to go to. Either way, we are excited to see guys play a sport that they love.
Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20
- Boys' Latin (2-0)
- Georgetown Prep (3-0)
- McDonogh (3-0)
- Calvert Hall (5-0)
- Landon (3-1)
- St. Paul's (1-2)
- Gonzaga (2-1)
- Bullis (3-0)
- DeMatha (3-0)
- St. Mary's Annapolis (2-1)
- Loyola Blakefield (1-2)
- Mount St. Joseph (3-0)
- Severn (3-0)
- Kent Island
- Bel Air
Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes
- St. Paul's
- Good Counsel
- Georgetown Visitation (0-1)
- Notre Dame Prep
- Marriotts Ridge
- Bryn Mawr (0-0-1)
- Mt. Hebron
- Bishop Ireton
- South River
- Severna Park
- Queen Anne's
- Severn (1-0)
- John Carroll (1-0)
- Winters Mill
- Archbishop Spalding (3-1)
- Mount de Sales
The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.
Featured College Commitments
St. Paul's attacker Liam Anderson -- Colgate University
Kent Island attacker Johnny Guifrreda -- Loyola University
Landon midfielder Keegan McCormack -- Virginia Military Institute
Maryvale Prep attacker Kalyn Crocetti -- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Broadneck midfielder Madison Cassidy -- Winthrop University
Boys' Latin defender Dylan Gaines -- University of Denver
South River attacker/midfielder Gunnar Schimoler -- University of Maryland, Baltimore
Marriotts Ridge defender Katie Berdy -- Columbia University
Bryn Mawr midfielder Julie Blaze -- Vanderbilt University
Good Counsel attacker/midfielder Alyssa Chalk -- Towson University