Jed Prossner scored the game-winning goal for McDonogh in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoff game when last playing at Calvert Hall three years ago.
Prossner had another big game when returning to Calvert Hall yesterday, this time as a member of fifth-ranked North Carolina's lacrosse team. The junior attack led the Tar Heels with three goals and two assists as they rolled to a 12-7 victory over No. 6 Massachusetts in the season opener for both schools at a neutral site.
North Carolina recruits heavily from the Maryland area, with 25 local players on its roster. Several of them were talking with family members long after yesterday's game, playing at a school for which they competed for or against in years past. In addition, the stadium was packed with both North Carolina and Massachusetts fans.
"It's nice being back home," Prossner said. "I was excited, and it's one of the times that my friends get to see me."
North Carolina and Massachusetts wound up playing in Baltimore almost by accident because both schools had holes to fill in their schedules. The two wanted to play each other but one team traveling to the other school was too costly.
So they tried to find a middle-of-the-road place and used contacts at Calvert Hall.
"We wanted to find a neutral site where both could go halfway," said North Carolina coach John Haus, a former Johns Hopkins coach who played high school ball at Loyola. "I guess it doesn't hurt to see Carolina blue here in Baltimore."
Massachusetts coach Greg Cannella wasn't thrilled with how his team played but thought it was a good experience for the Minutemen.
"It was a great venue to play on, a great field," he said. "We both needed the game and it [worked out]."
North Carolina controlled the game from the beginning. The Tar Heels scored the first three goals, took a 5-3 halftime lead and then pulled away with a four-goal fourth quarter.
Scott Falatach (St. Mary's) added three goals and two assists. Mike McCall also had a hat trick while Bryant Will (Dulaney) registered three assists.
Goalie Paul Spellman (St. Paul's) had a strong game with 18 saves as the Tar Heels controlled the pace, often running against a Massachusetts team that had problems stopping them.
"It was a lot of fun being back home," said North Carolina's Kyle Stringer, who played for Calvert Hall. "But it still feels like a regular game at Chapel Hill."
UMass 1 2 1 3 - 7
North Carolina 3 2 3 4 - 12
Goals: M-Lundberg 2, Garber, Connolly, Doyle, Tundo, Zywicko; NC-Falatach 3, Prossner 3, McCall 3, Zimmerman, Blair, McElduff. Assists: M-Recchione, Byrnes; NC-Will 3, Prossner 2, Blair, Zimmerman, Falatach. Saves: M-Schell 14; NC-Spellman 18.