Kelly, Farrare help South sprint to 22-15 win in Under Armour All-America Boys Lacrosse Game

The Under Armour All-America Boys Lacrosse Game has historically been a high-scoring affair with as many as 52 goals scored in a single senior all-star game.

In Saturday night’s 13th annual game before an announced 4,129 at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field, the South team sparked another high-scoring contest en route to a 22-15 victory.

The South, which included five local players, scored the first four goals and led 7-1 after one quarter, tying a record for most goals in a quarter.

“We had a good start,” said Calvert Hall’s Jacob Kelly, whose team had 13 goal scorers. “Playing with Nicky Solomon and Joey Epstein, that was the starting lineup and it was fun. They’re obviously two really, really good players and I’m playing with Nicky in the future [at North Carolina], so it was fun to kind of click out there on the field. It just looked normal and just smooth.”

Kelly and McDonogh’s BJ Farrare each had a goal and an assist in the early run and each added another assist later. Solomon, from Georgia, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals, including two in the opening quarter.

“We all decided let’s come out hot, play as hard as we could, see what we could get done in the first few minutes of the game and it worked out. We got up quick,” Farrare said.

McDonogh’s Jack Simmons and Boys’ Latins’ Matt Brandau finished with two goals each. St. Mary’s goalie Aleric Fyock played the second half and made seven saves.

The South ran its lead to 12-2 on Simmons’ goal from Kyle Long with 8:24 left in the first half. The North then put together its biggest run of the game with five straight goals before Simmons added a goal to end the half with a 13-7 South lead.

The North never again got closer than within five goals.

To Fararre, the high-scoring game, which featured 129 shots between the teams, was no surprise when you look at the rosters.

“I would say that’s because there’s no defensive middies,” Farrare, the only long-stick midfielder on the South team, said with a smile. “Everyone plays offense so none of the mids want to play defense.”

With 11 minutes left in the game, the South was on pace to match the record 10-goal margin of victory, leading 20-10. The North, however, rallied again with a 5-1 run to close the gap.

The win gave the South seven wins in the past eight years and avenged last year’s North victory.

Kelly, whose Cardinals won their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship in May, said he had a great time playing with the other MIAA players.

“It’s awesome. They’re all great players,” Kelly said. “I wish I could have them on my team all four years at Calvert Hall. BJ’s an absolute beast. Matt, Simmons, all those guys, they’re awesome, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Goals: N—Clay 3, Cook 2, Magnan 2, Clay 2, Wichelns 2, Dickson 2, Lombardi 2, Loring, Zinn; S—Solomon 4, Epstein 3, Simmons 2, Caputo 2, Brandau 2, Erickson 2, Buchman, Kelly, Farrare, Dawson, Sisselberger, Scanlan, Conner. Assists: N—Wichelns, Loring, Neuman, Fiorini, Magnan; S—Kelly 2, Farrare 2, Caputo, Hay, Long, Scanlan, Meyers. Saves: N—Bonafeder 7, Burkinshaw 13; S—Ierlan 7, Fyock 7. Half: S, 13-7.

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