In a game of runs, No. 1 Calvert Hall started off as cold as the raw breeze that swept Johnny Unitas Stadium in the second annual Lacrosse Playground Spring Classic against Gonzaga (D.C.) on Friday afternoon.
Conversely, the fired-up Purple Eagles (5-2) capitalized on the Cardinals' early turnover spree to build a 5-1 advantage nine seconds into the third quarter and then fell behind twice before closing out the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champs, 10-8.
Gonzaga's decisive 5-1 spurt in the fourth quarter came after Calvert Hall (0-2) squandered a full-serve extra-man opportunity during which it took just one shot.
"We haven't been playing all four quarters so far this season," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said, alluding to an earlier 10-7 loss to Hill Academy that opened the season on a sour note. "We all have to look within ourselves, coaches included, to turn this around."
The Cardinals were uncharacteristically sloppy in the first half, too often throwing the ball away the few times they had it.
Sophomore attackman Timmy Kelly, who finished with three goals and two assists, notched Calvert Hall's only goal before the intermission.
However, the Cardinals came to life in the third quarter while scoring six unanswered goals to take a 7-5 advantage heading into the final period.
Kelly started the comeback with a nifty move to the doorstep 36 seconds before he assisted senior attackman Jordan Germershausen for another score. The Loyola University Maryland signee then converted a feed from senior midfielder Kevin Diehl and then fed Kelly to draw the Cardinals even with 5:09 remaining in the quarter.
Senior midfielder Stephen Kelly gave Calvert Hall a 6-5 advantage on a left-handed zinger and the Cardinals added another goal when Germershausen rippled the net on assist from freshman middie Ethan Mintzer.
Gonzaga's man-down unit then saved the day when it denied Calvert Hall from pulling away.
Senior midfielder Max Planning made the Cardinals pay by burying a shot to turn the momentum back toward the Purple Eagles, who tied the score on sophomore attackman Timmy Monahan's goal with 7:40 remaining.
Just 18 seconds later, junior attackman Andrew Fanshaw gave Calvert Hall its final lead, 8-7, until back-to-back goals by senior Alex Corboy vaulted Gonzaga back on top, 9-8, with 3:48 left.
An empty netter by senior attackman Joe Fitzpatrick sealed the Cardinals' fate.
"They beat us in every facet of the game," Bryan Kelly said. "We played a lot of defense in the first half, and I think it caught up to us. They wore us down."
Goals: (G)-O'Berry 1, Myers 1, Planning 1, Fitzpatrick 1, Monahan 4, Corboy 2 (CH)-T. Kelly 3, S. Kelly 1, Germershausen 3, Fanshaw 1
Assists: (G)-Myers 6, Planning 1, Monahan 1, Spencer 1 (CH)-T. Kelly 2, Germershausen 3, Mintzer 1, Diehl 1
Saves: (G)- Farrell 5 (CH) Alderman 6
Half: 5-1, G