Calvert Hall advances to NHSLS final four; McDonogh and St. Paul’s fall in quarterfinals (VIDEO HERE!)


Calvert Hall’s Olen Huffman (left) breaks past Bullis School’s Mac Rietano during Saturday’s pool play match at the National High School Lacrosse Showcase at Blandair Park in Columbia. The Cardinals won three games to reach Sunday’s semifinals against Massachusetts’ Deerfield Academy.

by Derek Toney

Since Calvert Hall College’s impressive run to the MIAA A Conference championship a couple of months ago, there’s some debate whether the Cardinals were the nation’s best team during the spring. The discussion may be reopened Sunday.

The Cardinals advanced to the semifinals of the National High School Lacrosse Showcase, defeating Pennsylvania’s Haverford Academy, 7-5, in a quarterfinal contest Saturday evening at Blandair Park in Columbia.

The Hall will be the lone area representative in one of the nation’s top events on the summer recruiting circuit as McDonogh School and St. Paul’s School fell in quarterfinal action Saturday. The Crusaders dropped a 7-2 decision to Massachusetts’ Deerfield Academy while the Eagles were unable to hold a second half lead against the Flyers from New York, also known as Chaminade.

The Long Island private school and two-time defending NHSLS champ scored five of the final seven goals to wipe out a 5-3 deficit to McDonogh for an 8-7 victory. The Flyers will play Indiana’s Culver Academy in a semifinal contest, Sunday at 10 a.m. at Blandair.

Culver Academy, which finished No. 1 in the country by Lacrosse.com and split the mythical national championship with Calvert Hall in Inside Lacrosse’s final poll, held off Gonzaga College from the District, 8-7, in a quarterfinal.

The Cardinals built a 5-1 second half advantage before withstanding a Haverford charge. Calvert Hall will play Deerfield in the other semifinal at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Calvert Hall, McDonogh School, St. Paul’s and Gilman School each went 4-0 in pool play. The Greyhounds were unable to advance to the quarterfinals because they lost a tiebreaker (goals allowed in pool play) to Culver.

The Hounds are 5-0 overall with a final match Sunday against St. John’s College from the District.  Loyola Blakefield and Boys’ Latin School each went 3-1 in pool play.

John Carroll School and Hereford went 0-4 in pool play.

After the championship game, the second session of the NHSLS begins. Archbishop Spalding, Glenelg Country School and Baltimore-based Pride and Tide Lacrosse Clubs will be in action through Tuesday.

National High School Lacrosse Showcase

at Blandair Park/Oakland Mills High

Saturday’s results

Pool A

Calvert Hall College 12, Black Grizzlies (MI) 3

Baldwinsville (NY) 14, Hereford Zone (Hereford) 5

Calvert Hall 9, Bullis School 6

Lambert (GA) 7, Hereford Zone 4

Pool B

Boys’ Latin School 5. Canandaigua (NY) 2

Boys’ Latin 11, Mercer Island (WA) 3

Pool C

Loyola Blakefield 11, Landon School 6

Gonzaga College (DC) 8, Loyola 5

Pool D

Gilman School 11, Collegiate (VA) 3

Gilman 15, Lakeridge (OR) 4

Pool F

McDonogh School 16, LA Cobras (CA) 3

McDonogh 7, St. John’s College (DC) 6

Pool G

Ridgewood (NJ) 9, John Carroll School 6

St. Paul’s School 7, Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) 6

Fayetteville-Manlius 15, John Carroll 3

St. Paul’s 13, Yorktown (NY) 1

Quarterfinals

Calvert Hall 7, Haverford (PA) School 5

Deerfield (MA) Academy 7, St. Paul’s School 2

Flyers (NY) 8, McDonogh School 7

Other results

Gilman 12, Landon 1

Hereford Zone 6, Bellevue (WA) 4

Ponte Vedra Gnats (FL) 9, Boys’ Latin 4

Sunday’s schedule

The Flyers’ Michael Lynch (left) tries to elude McDonogh defender Jonny Cool during Saturday’s quarterfinal match. The Eagles were unable to hold a 3-goal first half advantage falling 8-7 to the two-time defending NHSLS champs from Long Island.

Gilman vs. St. John’s College (DC), 8 a.m.

Boys’ Latin vs. Bullis, 9 a.m.

John Carroll vs. Bellevue, 9 a.m.

Hereford Zone vs. St. Albans School (DC), 10 a.m.

Loyola vs. New Trier (IL), 10 a.m.

John Carroll vs. LA Cobras (CA), 11 a.m.

PLAYOFFS

Consolation

McDonogh vs. Gonzaga, 11 a.m.

St. Paul’s vs. Haverford, 11 a.m.

Semifinals

Calvert Hall vs. Deerfield Academy, 10 a.m.

Culver (IN) Academy vs. Flyers, 10 a.m.

Championship

Calvert Hall/Deerfield winner vs. Culver/Flyers winner, 12 p.m.

SESSION II POOL PLAY (local teams only)

Pool B

Pride Lacrosse Club vs. Bergen Catholic (NJ), 3 p.m.

Pride vs. Fairport (NY), 5 p.m.

Pool C

Glenelg Country School vs. Malvern Prep (PA), 3 p.m.

Glenelg Country vs. Woodbury Forest (VA), 7 p.m.

Pool D

Tide Lacrosse Club vs. St. Francis (NY), 3 p.m.

Archbishop Spalding vs. New Canaan (CT), 6 p.m.

Tide vs. Stallone (NC), 7 p.m.

Spalding vs. Swarm (FL), 8 p.m.