Opening day surprises in MIAA A Conference lacrosse not so shocking Tuesday

Defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference lacrosse champion Calvert Hall needed a big second half to beat visiting Gilman in Tuesday’s league opener.

After the No. 1 Cardinals’ 11-7 win over the No. 7 Greyhounds, coach Bryan Kelly was asked about expecting every teams’ best being the defending league champ.

Kelly quickly dismissed the notion.

“Look, everybody gets everybody’s best in this league, and if you don’t bring your best, you’re going to lose. It’s just that simple,” he said. “I don’t care who you’re playing or where you’re playing; it’s just a great league with great coaches. They all work hard, they know everything you do and it’s a battle.”

Proof of that came elsewhere in the league Tuesday.

At St. Mary’s, the host No. 5 Saints knocked off No. 3 McDonogh, 9-5. Last season, the Eagles beat St. Mary’s twice, including an easy 22-6 win in the opening round of the playoffs.

On Tuesday, Taylor Bohanan finished with three goals and an assist and goalie Aleric Fyock turned back 16 shots from the Eagles to help secure the win.

At Archbishop Spalding came an even bigger surprise, as the No. 12 Cavaliers claimed an 8-7 home win over No. 4 Loyola Blakefield. Nik McFarland led the way with three goals as Spalding beat the Dons for the first time since 2008.

Elsewhere on Tuesday’s opening day, No. 2 Boys’ Latin soundly defeated No. 13 Mount Saint Joseph, 16-6, and No. 6 Severn defeated A league newcomer John Carroll, 11-6.

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