Lacrosse Game of the Week: No. 1 Gilman at No. 3 Calvert Hall
Calvert Hall's Stephen Kelly tries to elude Gilman's Micah Kiser in the first half of last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. Tuesday's rematch could also be a preview of this year's MIAA final. (Steve Ruark, The Baltimore Sun / May 20, 2011)
Coaches: Brooks Matthews, Gilman; Bryan Kelly, Calvert Hall
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Gilman: Robby Haus, Sr., D; Jake Matthai, Sr., M; Gordie Koerber, Sr., A.
Calvert Hall: Evan Connell, Sr., D; Stephen Kelly, Jr., M; Patrick Kelly, Sr., A.
Outlook: This is a rematch of last year’s Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship — a 13-8 Gilman win — and could easily end up being a preview of this year’s title game. Both teams enjoyed plenty of success in their early non-conference schedules and were impressive in league-opening wins Tuesday. The top-ranked Cardinals flexed their muscles at No. 4 Boys’ Latin, coming away with a stunningly comfortable 12-5 win. The Greyhounds got a three-goal performance from Koerber and sound team defense to handle visiting and No. 7 McDonogh, 8-5. Almost all of the early-season talk has deep and talented Calvert Hall decidely at the top with the rest of the talented MIAA pack a step behind. The Cardinals will try to further solidify that point against the Greyhounds. Stephen Kelly is the starting point for the Cardinals with his ability to win faceoffs, collect ground balls and score, and he has plenty of talent surrounding him. Patrick Kelly and Ryan Brown lead a deep attack, and Connell is the mainstay in back. The Greyhounds will have to find a way to consistently get the ball and make the most of their possessions. Koerber and Matthai are their top two playmakers on offense, and it will take a collective effort on defense to contain the Cardinals.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
No. 5 St. Mary’s at No. 4 Boys’ Latin, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
City at Poly, Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Mount Hebron at No. 4 Marriotts Ridge, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
No. 13 Mount de Sales at Catonsville, Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.