After Calvert Hall's Patrick Kelly suffered a split lip that took 39 stitches to close in an 11-10 loss to Conestoga (Pa.) on March 23, the senior attackman put the hurt on Manhasset High (N.Y.) on Saturday.
The University of North Carolina recruit notched the game-winning goal 54 seconds into the first overtime period — his third of the game — to rally the Cardinals past the visiting Indians, 6-5, at St. Paul's in chilly Brooklandville.
Calvert Hall (5-1) had to overcome some shaky shooting and a hot goaltending by Manhasset's Evan Molloy (12 saves) in the first half to finish on a decisive 5-0 run.
"We needed this win," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said, knowing it was the Cardinals who gave up a big lead against Conestoga in the second half in their only loss of the season. "Their goalie was a great and they really played smart. They don't turn the ball over much and they don't beat themselves. And I don't think we're where we need to be yet, but we're getting there."
Manhasset struck first, sandwiching goals by senior attackman Quinn Moroney around Calvert Hall's lone goal by junior midfielder Stephen Kelly to take a 2-1 advantage with 1:08 left in the opening period.
The New Yorkers added second-quarter goals by senior midfielder Ryan Matthews and junior attackman Dino Lavalle to take a 4-1 halftime edge.
They widened the gap on a goal by senior midfielder Christian Zanetis to lead, 5-1, early in the third quarter before Calvert Hall went on a 4-0 run on two goals each by Patrick Kelly and senior attackman Ryan Brown to eventually knot the score, 5-5, with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter.
Calvert Hall then squandered a one-minute man-advantage with 3:02 to go, which almost came back to haunt the Cardinals when they were assessed a one-minute penalty with less than a minute to go.
However, their man-down unity did its job, getting the ball back and into the attack zone after forcing the Indians' extra-man offense to finish 0-for-6.
Calvert Hall was still playing 5-on-6 when the overtime began until, at even strength, Patrick Kelly used some nifty footwork to beat a shortstick to solve Moroney.
"It was a great high school lacrosse game," Manhasset coach Bill Cherry said. "We tried to run three midfields at them, hoping to tire them out a little bit. Our defense played as well as it could. They (Calvert Hall) just have so many weapons."
Surprise starting goalie Dimitri Pecunes (8 saves) improved as the game wore on for the Cardinals, making big saves down the stretch as the offense finally picked up steam in the second half.
The game turned with Manhasset still clinging to a one-goal lead in the fourth quarter when Stephen Kelly dug out a tough groundball and headed upfield. Kelly, who also captured 11 out of 14 faceoffs, found Brown cutting from behind the crease for the equalizer.
"Their offense is ridiculous," said Harvard-bound senior longstick Bobby Duvnjak, who confronted Stephen Kelly at the faceoff X. "We were just trying to get (checks) on their hands."
Goals (M): Quinn Moroney 2, Ryan Matthews 1, Dino Lavalle 1, Christian Zanetis 1
Assists (M): Moroney 2
Goals (CH): Stephen Kelly 1, Patrick Kelly 3, Ryan Brown 2
Assists (CH): Stephen Kelly 1
Saves (M): Evan Molloy 12
Saves (CH): Dimitri Pecunes 8
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