By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/13/14
BALTIMORE – Junior midfielder Timmy Kelly scored an incredible eight goals to spark an impressive comeback as host Calvert Hall defeated The Hill Academy (Ontario), 10-9, today in a non-league boys’ lacrosse game.
Kelly’s eruption helped the Cardinals (3-0) rally from a 5-1 deficit and deal Hill (4-1), ranked fourth in the Warrior/TopLaxRecruits rankings, its first loss.
Kelly, a North Carolina commit, scored three goals during an amazing stretch of the final 45 seconds of the third period to give the Cards an 8-7 lead, their first of the game.
Hill Academy tied it early in the fourth quarter on a goal by Jake Fox, but Kelly scored again with 4 minutes left to make it 9-8. JT Bugliosi then scored to give the Cardinals a 10-8 lead with 1:28 to play. Hill Academy scored to make it 10-9 Hall with 1.1 left in 4th.
Kelly also assisted on a goal by Andrew Fanshaw.
“I wasn’t really counting, but I had a couple,” said Kelly when asked if he knew he had scored eight goals. “I didn’t play that well, turned the ball over too much, I have lots to work on.
“I was fortunate enough to get a few in the net.”
Being modest is one of Kelly’s traits, but Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly had nothing but praise for him and the Calvert Hall defense.
“Once we got the ball we did some good things,” coach Kelly said. “It was a great game for Timmy; he is obviously a special player. I didn’t think they could cover Timmy so we just spread out and let him go.
“But it was a great game also for the defense. Our kids played sound and fundamental defense.”
Kelly also praised Hill Academy, which was playing its third game in three days – including wins over No. 7 St. Paul’s School (MD), 12-11, and No. 15 Gonzaga (D.C.), 12-10.
“They’re tired, it’s their third game in a row,” said Kelly. We scouted them pretty good. They are an awesome team. We have to keep building on it and getting better.”
Jeff Teat, Nolan Apers and Matthew Van Galen each had two goals to lead the Hill road warriors, who play all their games away. On Saturday, Hill Academy plays at No. 18 Landon School (MD).
“You’re always learning and you draw a lot from it,” said Hill Academy coach Brodie Merrill, rationalizing the loss. “It hurts for sure, but you identify areas of improvement and keep going and keep growing.
“This was one of those games where momentum was important. The experience here is invaluable. The coaches bring a different brand of lacrosse to us. Ultimately, we’re trying to prepare the kids for the next level and part of the process is getting down here and playing high competition.”
Calvert Hall 10, Hill Academy 9
CH: Timmy Kelly 8g, 1a, Andrew Fanshaw 1g, JT Bigliosi 1g, Matty Brashears 1a
Hill: Matthew Van Galen 2g, Nolan Apers 2g, Jake Fox 1g, 1a, Brendan Bomberry, Dalton Fallow 1g, Jeff Teat 2g, Dalton Follow 1g
Saves: Hill: Hayden Walsh 8 CH: Joe McSorley 11