Rising sophomore attackman Daniel Kelly converted a feed from Calvert Hall teammate — and fellow University of North Carolina commit — Cole Herbert in the first overtime period to help the Baltimore boys slip past New England, 12-11, in the opening round of the Command bracket at the 2017 Under Armour Lacrosse Underclass Games at Towson University on Thursday afternoon.
Kelly and Brendan Grimes (Boys’ Latin) each produced three goals and one assist to lead Baltimore, which squandered an early 4-0 lead before fighting back to edge the New Englanders.
“We got off to a big lead and then I think we got a little cocky,” Kelly admitted. “We started forcing stuff. I know I forced a couple there on the crease, too. But when they came back we knew we were in a dogfight.”
In OT, Kelly and Herbert, who played key roles in Calvert Hall’s MIAA A Conference championship run in May, clicked on a two-man play.
“Cole had the ball at ‘X’ and my guy turned his head toward Cole,” Kelly said. “As soon as I saw the back of his head, I cut toward the crease and Cole found me.”
The Command bracket features players who will be freshmen and sophomores for the 2018 season.
Rising freshman attackman Billy Spillman (Gilman) chipped in with a pair of goals for Baltimore, which had single goals from attackman Mike Harmeyer (Severna Park) and midfielders Alex Wicks (St. Mary’s), Herbert and Ryan Spilman (Gilman).
In addition to feeds from Kelly, Herbert and Grimes, midfielder Max Carneal (Gilman), Ryan Spilman, and Jack Koras (Loyola Blakefield) had assists for Baltimore.
Goalies Jackson Marshall (Calvert Hall) and Ben Ulery (Boys’ Latin) combined for seven saves for Baltimore.
“It’s a big deal representing Baltimore,” said Kelly, noting last year’s team went unbeaten at the same event. “We have a lot of MIAA guys on the team and we know it’s supposed to be the best conference in the country, so we have a big target on our backs.”
The Command boys will return to action on Friday with two games, playing the West at 8:30 a.m. and the South at 1:30 p.m.
The Baltimore Command girls also prevailed in their opening round, defeating Philadelphia, 10-6, behind three goals from midfielder Blake Cunneen (McDonogh) and two by midfielder Kelly Schluderberg (Howard).
Midfielders Eloise Clevenger (Marriotts Ridge), Liza Regan (Notre Dame Prep), Shannon Smith (Roland Park Country School) and Kristin O’Neill (Archbishop Spalding) and attacker Maggi Hall (Bel Air) also scored for Baltimore.
Julia Hammerschlag (McDonogh) and Lixi Coldiron (Garrison Forest) totaled 13 saves.
Kathryn Toomey and Natalie Parsini paced Philly with two goals each.
The Command girls also have two games on Friday, facing the West at 8:30 a.m. and Upstate New York at 11:00 a.m.
Also on Friday, the Highlight Division will get underway. The Baltimore Boys will play at Upstate New York at 8:30 a.m. and New England at 11:00 a.m. The Baltimore Highlight Girls will the South at 9:45 a.m. and Philadelphia at 1:30 p.m.
Last Updated (Sunday, 02 July 2017 06:01)