Things are clicking on attack for the Calvert Hall lacrosse team these days.
Starting from the midfield, the ball is quickly finding its way to the attack and once there, the passes are crisp and the shots precise.
On Friday, the No. 3 Cardinals visited St. Paul’s and dominated, scoring the game’s first seven goals and earning a comfortable 14-6 win to spoil senior day for the No. 6 Crusaders.
The Kelly brothers — senior Jacob (three goals, four assists) and sophomore Daniel (three goals, one assist) — led an attack that is finding its mark with the Maryland interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs fast approaching.
Calvert Hall, the defending league champions, improved to 12-3 overall and 7-2 in league play — tied for second with No. 2 Loyola Blakefield. The teams will meet at Calvert Hall in Tuesday’s regular-season finale with second place and a chance at a first-round playoff bye on the line.
St. Paul’s (8-7, 4-5) drops to seventh place and will need a win at Boys’ Latin on Tuesday as well as some help to move into the sixth and final playoff spot.
After a sluggish performance in an 8-5 loss at Boys’ Latin on April 20, the Cardinals have averaged 14 goals per game in winning four straight with Friday’s performance the most complete. The team’s defense played sturdy throughout and goalie Liam Darragh shined with nine saves.
“We just played well offensively and all over the field, just moving the ball quick and got our shots,” Jacob Kelly said. “We came out on them fast and that’s kind of what we wanted to do.”
St. Paul’s celebrated its seniors and the new renovations at Mitchell Stadium, but didn’t have much to be happy about once the game started.
The Cardinals got a goal from Grant Mitchell on their opening possession and built a 7-0 lead before the Crusaders got their first goal from Mason Woodward with 4:40 to play in the first half.
“That’s been our M.O. for whatever reason,” St. Paul’s first-year coach Trey Whitty said. “We start slow and I don’t have an answer for it. We weren’t good in any facet of the game and didn’t deserve to win, obviously.”
Goals: CH — J. Kelly 3, D. Kelly 3, Sawyer, G. Mitchell 2, Ewing, Kroneberger, Herbert 2, Stecher;
SP — Barthelme, Milani, Harry, Hall, Ioannou, Woodward.
Assists: — J. Kelly 4, Stewart, Mintzer, Kroneberger, D. Kelly, Ilardo;
SP — Barthelme.
Saves: CH, Darragh 9, Marshall 2; SP — Grant 7.
Half: CH, 7-2