No. 6 Eagles win 7-6 on Valis' goal
After his team's loss to Gilman School Tuesday, McDonogh School boys' lacrosse coach Andy Hilgartner said his young squad "can beat anybody or lose to anybody."
Friday afternoon, the Eagles showed they can beat the best, upsetting No. 1 Calvert Hall, 7-6, in a MIAA A Conference match in Owings Mills. Sophomore Brinton Valis scored the game-winner with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the extra session, giving the Eagles their first league victory of the spring.
"It's a great win for us," said Valis, who took a pass from teammate Austin Frederick and fired a shot from about 10 yards. "We're trying to get a pick but fortunately Calvert Hall didn't switch and I had an open alley and I hit the shot."
The Eagles (5-4 overall, 1-1 MIAA A) scored first before Calvert Hall responded with three straight scores by Johns Hopkins University recruit Ryan Brown. McDonogh fought back to tie at 4 at halftime.
The Cardinals, ranked No. 2 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, carved out a 6-5 advantage with under seven minutes left in regulation. Less than two minutes later, Eagles' sophomore Trey McGee scored his third goal of the game, tying the game at 6.
"We knew we had to watch their cutters and defend around the crease," said Valis. "Offensively, we had to withstand their pressure the first 15 seconds and look to push the ball to the cage. We were able to get long possessions and wear them down."
Calvert Hall, which opened the season as the consensus No. 1 squad in the nation, fell to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the MIAA A. The Cardinals opened MIAA play with an impressive 12-5 victory at Boys' Latin School Tuesday afternoon.
Last season, McDonogh split with Calvert Hall (home team won) as they jockeyed most of last spring for the area's No. 1 position. With only 13 seniors on this year's roster after graduating huge classes in 2011 and 2010, the Eagles would be work in progress with several underclassmen in key positions.
Friday, McDonogh showed its promise.
"We're young, so the other teams don't take us too seriously," said Valis, one of 24 underclassmen on the Eagles' 37-man roster. "We just go out and play as hard as we can. We showed everybody we can play at any level."
No. 6 McDonogh School 7, No. 1 Calvert Hall College 6 (OT)
McDonogh Goals: Trey McGee 3, Robert Clark, Evan Glaser, Austin Frederick, Brinton Valis
McDonogh Assists: Austin Frederick, Clark
McDonogh Saves: Nick Doyle 14
Calvert Hall Goals: Ryan Brown 3, Patrick Kelly 2, Patrick Carotenuto
Calvert Hall Assists: P. Kelly, Carotenuto, Belz, Germerhausen
Calvert Hall Saves: Dmetri Pecunes 9
Last Updated (Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:17)