Gilman, Spalding and St. Mary’s win big; St. Paul’s, McDonogh and Severn drop openers

The MIAA lacrosse season got underway earlier this week, but the action got going in earnest on Friday, as six A Conference squads were in action in non-conference games.

Defending champion Calvert Hall, which will open the season at No. 1 in the VSN Boys Lacrosse Top 20 opened its 2018 campaign seemingly in mid-season form as the rolled to a 14-2 rout of RJ Reynolds (NC) in Chapel Hill.

As usual at Calvert Hall, it was the Kelly show as sophomore Daniel Kelly netted a game-high five goals and added an assist, while his senior brother Jacob, the reigning VSN Offensive Player of the Year, scored twice and dished out four assists.

The Cardinals got nearly everyone involved as Zach Green, Timmy Kroneberger, Aiden Fritz, Jack Sawyer, Harrison Ewing and Jack Jozwaik scored one goal each. Griffin Ackley pitched in with two assists, while Jozwaik and Ray Glass had one each.

Calvert Hall will play again on Saturday against Ponte Verde (FL).

Here in Maryland, Archbishop Spalding went on the road and defeated Friends School, 14-8; Gilman routed Collegiate School (VA), 16-8; and St. Mary’s improved to 2-0 with a 12-4 rout of St. Mary’s-Ryken. Elsewhere, St. Paul’s lost its opener at Landon, 6-5; Severn fell at home to Georgetown Prep, 10-9; and Haverford (PA), one day after dropping a 9-6 contest at Boys’ Latin, returned home to Philadelphia and defeated visiting McDonogh, 12-7.

Nick McFarland scored four goals in Spalding’s win, while Russell Melendez and two goals and three assists and Cole Llewellyn had a hat-trick and one assist.

The Cavaliers also received two goals and one assist from Will Sherwood, two goals from Day Shay and a single tally from Josh Tang.

Spalding outscored the Quakers 5-0 in the second quarter to build a 7-2 halftime lead and led 10-3 after three quarters. The lead grew two as much as 14-4 before Friends scored the final four goals of the afternoon. Owen McManus led the Quakers with two goals.

Juniors Jed Brummett and Logan Paff combined for seven goals in Gilman’s win as the Greyhounds made quick work of Collegiate.

Paff scored the Greyhounds final two goals of the first half and their first of the third quarter to turn a 6-2 lead into a 9-3 advantage and Brummett put an exclamation point after by scoring four goals in the final eight minutes of the contest.

Senior Doug Godine added two goals for Gilman, while Jeremy Cranston, Jack Stuzin, Sam King, Max Carneal and Andy Andrews each scored a goal.

For St. Mary’s, Garrett Nilsen led the way with four goals and a pair of assists. Taylor Bohanan and Jack Burnett each had two goals and one assist, while Ian Krampf had a goal and two assists.

The Saints also got a goal and an assist from B.J. Burlace, while Alex Wicks and Scout Ripley added on goal each.

Haverford, despite the quick turnaround from yesterday’s loss in Baltimore, jumped out quickly on the Eagles, building a 9-4 lead after three quarters and matching three McDonogh goals in the final stanza to claim the win.

In D.C., St. Paul’s lost a heart-breaker when Landon’s Joey Epstein scored with just one minute to play in regulation, lifting the Bears to victory and spoiling the debut on new St. Paul’s coach Trey Whitty.

St. Paul’s never led and trailed 4-1 early in the third quarter before scoring three straight to tie the contest, 4-4. Landon broke the tie, but the Crusaders pulled even again with 6:30 minutes left in the fourth quarter before finally falling. Epstein finished with a pair of scores for the winners.

Severn also lost in the final minute as Prep broke a 9-9 tie with a goal with just 20 seconds to play. Henry Rentz had a big day with two goals and three assists, while Jake Lilly and Dylan Gergar each scored twice.