It was business as usual for Calvert Hall's Mike Lance, who scored a goal and added three assists in yesterday's 5-1 win over visiting Loyola.
Business as usual, that is, until coach Bill Karpovich yanked Lance with 11 minutes left in the game, pulled Lance aside and informed him of the feat he had just accomplished.
"He shook my hand and said, 'You know you broke the school record?' I had no idea," said Lance, whose 16 assists eclipsed by one the five-year-old, single-season mark set by Rob Elliott, a former Baltimore Sun Player of the Year.
Lance scored the game's final goal -- his ninth -- off an assist from Trevor Woodward with 15:44 left.
"With all the great players who have been here," Lance said, "it's great that I've got a record now."
In yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I battle, Lance was alternately marked by Loyola's Charlie Brown and Jude Augustin.
Yet the senior striker twice broke into the corners, sending crosses to Ryan Smith and Chad Piunti for the Cardinals' third and fourth goals. Smith's gave No. 5 Calvert Hall (12-1-1, 10-1) a 3-0 lead, and Piunti's made it 4-1.
The win clinched a first-round bye and the top seed for next week's playoffs. Calvert Hall won its 16th title, 3-0, last year over No. 3 Curley (13-0-1), which has clinched the top spot in Division II.
Four of the seven teams in each division qualify, and Loyola (7-6-1, 6-5) is battling Gilman and Boys' Latin for the best seeding of the last three spots in Division I.
Lance's first assist was nearly the game's first goal, but it was credited to Piunti (10 goals, three assists) after Lance's low blast bounced off the legs of two defenders and rolled over Piunti's foot past keeper Brian Zeller (six saves).
Loyola's Dave Hanson scored the Dons' goal, cutting the deficit to 3-1 before halftime. But earlier he helped give Calvert Hall a 2-0 lead after he deflected a cross from the Cardinals' Steve Rottman (five goals, four assists) into his own goal. Rottman, the closest offensive player, received credit for scoring.
"That opened the floodgates for them," said Loyola coach Jim Claborn, adding that a Dons defender put the ball in his own net in an earlier 2-1 loss to Calvert Hall.
"Just like last game, it got them down," said Cardinals stopper Ryan Lachowicz. "So we started playing even harder."
Lachowicz (seven goals, one assists), sweeper Dan Johnson and keeper Scott Simmons (eight shutouts) allowed only their eighth goal, collaring Loyola's top scorer, Jason Rickel (eight goals) in the process.
"It was our turn to lose last week against Gilman," said Johnson of a 3-2 loss that ended Calvert Hall's 45-game unbeaten streak. "This one helps us for the playoffs."
Curley 1, Friends 0: Steve Ball scored the lone goal in the visiting No. 3 Friars' Division II victory over Friends.