Gilman's Sam Wancowicz

Gilman's Sam Wancowicz celebrates after he scored the winning goal against Curley. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / November 8, 2012)

Regardless of whether he scored, the Loyola star — who coach Lee Tschantret said is the best offensive player in the league — constantly drew attention from a defense that did well to limit Loyola to two goals.

To that end, the Cardinals (9-11) turned away what looked like a sure goal in the 36th minute when Brashears was off his line making a save and junior Joshua Bender covered for his goalie by making a kick save.

"We had some chances early," Calvert Hall coach Rich Zinkand said. "But in big games like this, you have to put those away. If you don't, then you're going uphill, and when you're on the road, it makes it even tougher."

He added that losing three times this season to the Dons was no accident.

"They usually space us out a little more than we're used to," Zinkand said. "And then when they get the ball to the end lines, they are very dangerous."

Nelson Coffin

MIAA A Conference semifinals

(at CCBC-Essex)

5 Gilman 2, 1 Curley 1

Goals: G – DeSmith, S. Wancowicz; C – Spalt. Assists: G – S. Wancowicz

Saves: G – Wittich 5; C – Ossie 6. Half: C, 1-0.

2 Loyola 2, 7 Calvert Hall 0

Goals: L — DeGraffenreidt, Barger. Assists: — none.

Saves: CH — Brashears 6; L — Girken 2. Half: L, 1-0.