Defense saves the day

The Baltimore Sun

If you told Calvert Hall goaltender Greg Dutton before yesterday's game that five goals would be enough to beat No. 6 McDonogh, he probably wouldn't have believed you.

"I thought we would have to score maybe seven or eight," Dutton said. "But we're playing really well right now."

The No. 2 Cardinals, known for their potent offense, clamped down on defense and triumphed over the visiting Eagles, 5-2, yesterday in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Dutton might have been surprised that the low goal output was enough, but Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly was aware of what to expect.

"I knew coming into this game it was going to be a grinder," Kelly said. "I'm really proud of my kids. They took the air out of the ball, and they just grinded it out."

The Cardinals (10-0, 3-0) were coming off an 11-10 victory against No. 5 Boys' Latin last week and a 13-8 victory over No. 4 St. Mary's on Tuesday. Whereas those games showed how dangerous Calvert Hall was in front of the goal, this game was more about the defensive and goalie play.

Dutton finished with 12 saves, and defensemen Chris Lightner and Hunter Steadley helped lead a defense that had just one penalty the entire game.

"Dutton had an incredible game - making saves when we needed him to," Lightner said. "They're really good off-ball, and we did what we could to shut them down, and it was enough today."

After a scoreless first half, Calvert Hall got three quick goals in a two-minute span. Patrick Fanshaw got on the board first off an assist from Tony Rossi. Ryan Gutowski and Jason McFadden (one goal, one assist) scored unassisted to give the Cardinals a 3-0 advantage.

The Eagles (9-2, 1-1), who controlled possession for most of the first quarter, got a goal from Tyler Frederick five seconds before halftime. Three minutes into the third quarter, Patrick Sartory scored to cut the lead to one.

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