TOWSON – Calvert Hall broke free from a 4-4 tie with the game’s last six goals to post a 10-4 victory over visiting Loyola Blakefield May 8, an outcome which secured a first-round bye in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference tournament for the defending champion Cardinals.
Captain Liam Bateman drew the Dons even at 4-4 with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter, but Calvert Hall dominated the rest of the way
Junior Grant Mitchell scored what proved to be the winning goal three minutes later. The decisive run included a third goal from junior Jack Sawyer, two from sophomore Cole Herbert, and tallies from Will Thompson and junior Harrison Ewing.
It was the fifth straight victory since an 8-5 loss at Boys’ Latin April 20 for coach Bryan Kelly’s Cardinals, who improved to 14-3 overall, 8-2 in the conference. They head directly to the May 15 semifinals at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Loyola Blakefield was in position to claim a bye with a victory at sun-drenched Paul Russo Stadium, but will instead take the third seed and open the playoffs at home May 11.
The Dons (13-5, 7-3) got the game’s first goal, from Ryan Dunn, but the Cardinals used a 3-0 run to go ahead 4-2 in the second quarter.
Senior goalie Liam Darragh had seven saves for Calvert Hall.
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A Baltimore native, Kevin J. Parks joined the Catholic Review as its visual journalist in 2016 following a lengthy career at Mercy Medical Center, where he shot photography and video for internal communications, marketing and medical stories for local and national media.
Kevin has been honored by the Associated Church Press and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press association for his work at the Catholic Review. One of his career highlights is documenting a medical mission in Peru, which received two national awards.
Kevin is proud graduate of Archbishop Curley High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore, and is a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon.