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Bullis, Calvert Hall Emerge As Big Winners In PNC Lacrosse Invitational
Some of the top boys' high school players in the nation took the field April 1 before an announced crowd of 1,315 at the PNC Lacrosse Invitational at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex.
When the pair of games finally finished after two lightning delays that lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes, Bullis and Calvert Hall emerged as the dominant teams and reinforced their spots in the national rankings.
Bullis put on an impressive display against Boys' Latin, earning a 16-10 victory. Calvert Hall, which entered the game as the top-ranked team in the nation in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine poll, had a dominant 12-6 victory against Conestoga (Pa).
"It was a great experience to play in the PNC Invitational," Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly said. "It is a first-class event, and you compete against top-level competition. It allows our kids to experience a big-game atmosphere."
The Cardinals have depth and speed and will create matchup problems for most teams this season. Against the Pioneers, Jack Kinnear (Villanova) led the Cardinals with four goals, JT Bugliosi (Ohio State) had three goals and Omari DeBerry (Ohio State) scored twice.
Calvert Hall (7-1) has won three straight games since losing to Hill Academy (Canada), 11-7, March 17. The Cardinals picked up a signature victory against former No. 5 Malvern Prep, 7-6, in overtime March 22.
Calvert Hall's tough early season schedule should prepare its players for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener against Mount St. Joseph April 12. The Cardinals have scored 12 goals or more in six of their eight games and have allowed 10 or more goals once.
"I think we are a very skilled team," Kelly said. "If you watch us play, we are not the biggest/oldest team out there. Our kids played very hard; and we played with good pace. We always have areas to improve on as we prepare for MIAA play. We need to improve our riding and clearing game. We also need to keep stressing and working on the fundamentals of the game."
For more on the event, including reaction from Boys' Latin head coach Brian Farrell and senior attackman Logan Wisnauskas, read the full article here.
Kyle DiPietro Leads Big Week For St. Paul's
Kyle DiPietro led an impressive week for the St. Paul's Crusaders, who earned a pair of victories.
DiPietro, who has committed to Johns Hopkins, had five goals during a 10-8 victory against Georgetown Prep March 29. DiPietro followed that up with another two goals during a 16-11 victory against Carroll County power Westminster March 31.
Joe Pollard (Johns Hopkins) finished with five goals March 31 for St. Paul's (4-3), which is finding some momentum heading into its MIAA A Conference opener against powerhouse McDonogh April 12.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: St. Mary's Junior Midfielder Shelby Harrison
Midfielder Shelby Harrison can dominate both ends of the field for the talented St. Mary's girls' lacrosse team. Harrison is routinely given the responsibility of marking the opponent's best player. She also helps direct the offense and is one of the region's top playmakers. Harrison has committed early to play at Johns Hopkins.
As one of the area's top two-way players, do you do any extra conditioning in the offseason to prepare yourself for the rigors of the regular season?
Shelby Harrison: During the offseason, I work out with my personal trainer, Greg Harris. In addition, I use the preseason strength and conditioning packet that Andrew Carter created for the U.S. women's lacrosse team.
In a conference as tough as the IAAM, what are the biggest challenges with routinely marking your opponent's top player?
SH: While it is tough to mark their top players due to the talent level in the IAAM, I find it one of the most rewarding aspects when I am able to effectively defend one of their best players. It is the most challenging when I have to defend a low attacker and have to run end to end the whole game.
What goals have you set for yourself this season?
SH: This year, I am trying to help my team out in any way to improve our record from last year. In addition, since we have a number of freshmen starters, I am focusing on helping them adjust to the level of play in the IAAM. In practice and games, I try and push myself as hard as I can to motivate the players around me to do the same, so that we all can be the best that we can be.
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