ToplaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/24/13
Penn Charter (PA) completed an unforgettable weekend today as it defeated a nationally-ranked team on the road for the second time in three days, topping St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA), 9-8, on Kevin Murphy’s fifth goal of the game in the final minutes.
The Quakers (2-3) had defeated Landon School (MD), 6-5 on Friday at the LacrossePlayground Spring Classic at Towson University.
Entering play this week Landon was ranked No. 11 by TopLaxRecruits.com Lacrosse Magazine, No. 15 by Inside Lacrosse and No. 18 by Lacrosse Magazine. St. Stephen’s was ranked No. 16 by Lacrosse Magazine and No. 24 by Inside Lacrosse.
PC was 0-3 entering the week after defeats to MIAA powers Loyola Blakefield, Boys’ Latin and McDonogh, but is quickly making a name for itself thanks to an emerging defense and a freshman goalie, Sean McKee – who had 17 saves.
“In the Landon game it all came together – all the stuff we were working on in practice happened,” said Penn Charter coach Pat McDonough. “That was a big confidence booster. You practice, practice, practice, but when you go out and get results, it makes you buy in a little more.”
PC opened up a 7-3 lead at halftime by outscoring the 3-2 saints 4-0 in the second period. St. Stephen’s did manage to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but Murphy won it with about 3:25 to play.
James Vandegrift scored two goals and Ray Vandegrift (St. Joseph’s signee) added one while long pole Charles Giunta (St. Joseph’s signee) scored once, won six face-offs, and picked eight groundballs while covering Maryland-bound Isaiah Davis-Allen.
McDonough also praised the young defense of junior Steven Gottlieb and sophomores Rob Keehfuss (Fairfield), Pat McInerney and Frank McGlinchey.
Calvert Hall (MD) 20, McCallie (TN) 2
The No. 10 Cardinals (1-2) won their first game by dealing the Blue Tornado (7-1) their first defeat.
“We just played well,” said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly. “We finally were healthy and had all our players.”
Timmy Kelly led a balanced Calvert Hall attack with three goals and three assists and Jordan Germerhausen had two goals and four assists while Johnny Kelly and Carson Carson Dutkanych each had two goals and an assist and Garrett Christianson and John Belz each had two goals. Andrew Fanshaw had a goal and two assists and Stephen Kelly dished four assists while winning 12 of 13 face-offs.
Max Alderman earned the win with six first-half saves. McCallie got standout goaltending from Tate Boyce, who had 15 saves in the first half and one more before being pulled.
“Their goalie was great; he kept them in the game in the first half,” said Kelly.
Culver Academy (IN) 17, Calverton (MD) 8
Joel Tinney had six goals and an assist and Zach Currier collected four goals and three assists to help the Eagles improve to 2-0.
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