After jumping out to a 10-5 advantage in the third quarter, Calvert Hall went silent for nearly 22 minutes while Philadelphia public school power Conestoga scored the game's final six goals to stun the Cardinals, 11-10, Friday in the first-ever night lacrosse game at Russo Stadium in Towson.
Calvert Hall, ranked No. 1 nationally by several lacrosse publications, looked out of synch down the stretch against the Pioneers' aggressive defense and its superb senior attackman, University of Maryland-bound Bradlee Lord, who scored a game-high five goals including the game-winner with 2:21 remaining.
"We called a timeout after we were behind, 10-5, and it was all our 'D' after that," Lord said. "Our d-middies were pressing out to the restraining line on their guys, and that's basically what did it. I don't think they expected us to do that."
Calvert Hall was sailing along after scoring the first four goals of the third quarter in just 2:08 to take a commanding 10-5 lead.
But after a rare faceoff win — Calvert Hall junior Stephen Kelly won 20 of 22 draws — gave Conestoga a chance to possess the ball, Lord fed junior attackman Tyler Brooke to cut the lead to 10-6.
"We called a timeout to stop the bleeding," Conestoga coach Brian Samson said. "That was a big goal we got to cut it to four."
When Lord scored again with 47 seconds to go in the third period, Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly knew a Pioneers' rally was possible.
He was right.
"When it got to 10-8, I could feel the momentum shift," the coach said. "I thought we ran out of gas and they didn't. That's something we have to fix."
Calvert Hall opened the scoring on junior midfielder John Belz's left-hander early in the first quarter before Lord answered for Conestoga.
Stephen Kelly, who claimed 12 of 13 faceoffs in the first half, made it 2-1 for the Cardinals until senior attackman Connor Frisina knotted the score again for the Pioneers with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
Belz made it 3-2 and senior attackman Patrick Kelly tacked on another goal for hosts for a 4-2 advantage.
Once again, Conestoga came back on a goal by Brooke, although the Cardinals would add a goal by junior attackman Jordan Germershausen to take a 5-3 lead into the second period and held a 6-5 edge at the half.
Goals (CH) Belz 2, S. Kelly 1, P Kelly 2, Germershausen, 3, R. Brown 2,
Assists (CH) Germershausen 1, Belz 1, R. Brown 1, Carroll 1, P. Kelly 2,
Goals (CS) Lord 5, Frisina 2, Brooke 2, Goins 1, Reitnour 1,
Assists (CS) McGregor 1, Frisina 2, Klunder 1, Brooke 1, Mezey 1, Lord 1, Ikeda 1
Saves: CH-10; CS-6
Half: CH 6-5