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.
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,