Calvert Hall made a strong case for consideration as the nation's top boys' lacrosse team.
The Cardinals went undefeated in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference -- widely regarded as the deepest and most talented high school league in the country. Calvert Hall (17-2) capped its stellar season with a 12-6 victory against defending champion McDonogh in the title game at Johns Hopkins May 25.
"I just think this is really one of the top teams in the country, if not the best," Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly said. "I think we're really that good."
Calvert Hall's only losses came in March -- 13-7 to Malvern (Pa.) Prep and 13-12 to Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) in overtime. From there, the Cardinals reeled off 15 straight victories and appeared to improve each game.
Calvert Hall has a solid cast of underclassmen returning next season, including brothers and North Carolina recruits Jacob Kelly and Daniel Kelly, and goalie Liam Darragh (Johns Hopkins). As a result, the Cardinals will be a power again and could enter preseason polls as the No. 1 team.
Severna Park Boys Close Out Dominant Season
The Severna Park boys' lacrosse team captured its second consecutive Class 4A/3A state title and the seventh in program history.
And the Falcons did it in dramatic fashion.
Senior attackman Jack Thomas scored with 3.1 seconds remaining in the regulation to give the Falcons a 7-6 victory against Winston Churchill May 24. Severna Park finished the season 20-0 and is riding a 37-game winning streak.
"I can't say enough about our players and the support from our administration this year," Severna Park head coach Dave Earl said. "It's been awesome."
Trevor Patschorke led the Falcons with three goals in the title game. Spencer Knife had three goals for Churchill (18-2).
In the Class 2A/1A final, Ben DeBlauw scored eight goals -- one goal shy of tying the state record -- to lead Southern (Anne Arundel) to a 20-7 win against South Carroll May 24.
It was the first state title in boys' lacrosse for the Bulldogs (13-5).
James O'Brien also had three goals, while Colin Phipps, Brandon Thomas, Logan Clingerman and Elias Hutchinson each scored twice for Southern. The 20 goals in the final tied a state record.
Kyle Worsley led South Carroll (14-6) with three goals.
Century Girls Continue Impressive Run
The Century girls' lacrosse team won its fifth state championship in the past 10 years with a 13-5 victory against Fallston (15-4) in the Class 2A/1A final May 24.
Grace Bruce led Century with five goals, while Michaela Connolly finished with a three. Christina Haspert and Julia Hatmaker also scored twice for the Knights (16-3).
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Glenelg Attacker Lindsay LeTellier
Glenelg senior attacker Lindsay LeTellier played a key role in helping the Gladiators win their second consecutive Class 3A/2A state title, finishing the season 20-0 under head coach Nicole Trunzo. LeTellier was dominant all season and scored two goals in Glenelg's 12-3 victory against C. Milton Wright in the title game. LeTellier, also a standout field hockey player, has committed to Davidson to play lacrosse.
As a four-year varsity player, how special was it to go undefeated and win the state title your senior year?
Lindsay LeTellier: It was an incredible experience. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of a team made up of such dedicated and driven players and coaches. I think our team has grown every year, pushing ourselves further and working even harder, and it was extremely rewarding to see our efforts pay off in all of our games and eventually culminate in another state title this year. I've played with a lot of the girls on the team for such a long time through club lacrosse, and I also have close relationships with both of my coaches: Coach Trunzo was also my field hockey coach at Glenelg, and Coach [Alex] Pagnotta has been my club lacrosse coach since elementary school. I could not be more proud to have been a part of this team for my senior season, as it was a truly special group of people.
What type of leadership role did you play this season?
LL: I tend to be kind of quiet, so I do my best to lead by example. I really focus on trying to play unselfishly and with composure, and I hope that if my teammates see me playing this way, they'll try to stay composed and be selfless as well.
As a field hockey player, what are some of the advantages of playing two sports?
LL: Playing field hockey allowed me to work on a lot of the skills that I use in both sports. For example, I think field hockey really helped me with my field vision. In field hockey, it is so important to see the whole field at all times so that you can determine the best, most-open space to send the ball. It became so instinctual for me to have my eyes up playing field hockey that I think it just carried over into lacrosse as well. Playing two sports also allowed me to be around two different groups of people. Team camaraderie is one of my favorite parts of athletics, so it was cool to be able to bond with the people from each team.
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
2. Calvert Hall
5. Boys' Latin
6. Severna Park
7. St. Paul's
9. St. Mary's
3. Notre Dame Prep
4. Marriotts Ridge
5. Glenelg Country
6. Archbishop Spalding
8. Garrison Forest
9. Manchester Valley
10. Bel Air