Even though No. 4 Calvert Hall freshman goalie Joe McSorley recorded 10 saves and senior face-off specialist Stephen Kelly won a slew of draws, grabbed a bunch of ground balls and scored three goals for the Cardinals, they still fell to No. 2 Gilman, 12-8, Tuesday afternoon in Roland Park.
The determined Greyhounds spotted Calvert Hall a 2-0 lead and then came back with a vengeance to grab a 7-4 halftime advantage and never trailed again in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference battle.
"We talked about energy and effort," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said, confiding what he told his team during a timeout after the Cardinals notched goals by senior midfielder Johnny Kelly and junior attackman Andrew Fanshaw to spurt ahead early in the contest. "I didn't think we were giving much of that. I thought we could play tougher — and we did."
Did they ever.
Junior attackman Tyler Ruhl converted a feed from senior attackman Max Greene to get the Greyhounds (10-2, 4-2 conference) rolling before Ruhl dodged his way to the crease and slipped the equalizer past McSorley. Senior midfielder Riley DeSmit's long-range bouncer with :02 left in the opening quarter gave Gilman the lead for good.
With momentum on their side, goals by Greene, Ruhl, senior attackman Chris Walsch and sophomore attackman Andy Matthews put the Greyhounds on top, 7-3, late in the second quarter.
Calvert Hall sophomore attackman Timmy Kelly finally broke the streak just before halftime to give his team some hope.
Trailing, 7-4, the Cardinals (7-4, 3-2) received back-to-back goals from Stephen Kelly to surge within a goal of tying the score, but could never draw even.
Greene finished an extra-man pass from Walsch for the lone goal of the third quarter before junior attackman Chase Wittich and DeSmit gave Gilman a 10-6 cushion with 6:45 remaining in the game.
The teams traded goals from that point forward, which gave Gilman a much-needed win and firm control of second place in the conference standings behind unbeaten and No. 1 Boys' Latin.
"You can't be in the penalty box as much as were and expect to beat a team like Gilman," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. "I felt like were were fighting uphill a lot today."
Much of the credit goes to the Gilman defense, spearheaded by senior goalie Thomas McBride's 12-save effort for the second consecutive game.
Greyhound junior longstick Chase Campbell also had an excellent game, holding Loyola University-bound attackman Jordan Germershausen without a point.
"I just tried to stay low on him, and play fundamentals," said Campbell, who will be headed to the University of Virginia. "He's a quick guy, and I stayed on his left hand."
Goals: CH-S. Kelly 3, J. Kelly 2, T. Kelly 1, Fanshaw 1, Belz 1 G-Greene 4, Ruhl 3, DeSmit 2, Wittich, Walsch, Matthews
Assists: CH-Belz 2, J. Kelly, T. Kelly G-Walsch 3, Greene 2, Ruhl 2, Wittich 1, DeSmit 1, Simms 1
Saves: CH-McSorley 10 G-McBride 12
Half: 7-4, G