Calvert Hall soc­cer tops Cur­ley, 2-1, in Reif Cup

Alexan­der heads in win­ner; Spald­ing tops No. 7 Mount de Sales in girls vol­ley­ball

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Gra­ham —Tom Worgo, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group Bal­ti­more Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

There’s some­thing about the Reif Alumni Cup that brings out the best in Calvert Hall se­nior for­ward Ben Alexan­der.

In the 15th ver­sion of the game against ri­val Arch­bishop Cur­ley, Alexan­der rose mid­way through the sec­ond half to head home what turned out to be the win­ning goal as the No. 1 Car­di­nals edged the No. 2 Fri­ars, 2-1, in front of an over­flow crowd at Russo Sta­dium. Last sea­son, Alexan­der scored twice to lead Calvert Hall to a 3-1 win. That makes it two wins in a row for the Car­di­nals, who evened the se­ries at 7-7-1.

For the sea­son, Calvert Hall im­proved to 5-1 over­all and in the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A Con­fer­ence. Cur­ley (6-1-1) fell to 3-1-1 in league play.

Awarded a free kick in the mid­dle of the field, se­nior mid­fielder Chris Car­roll sent a ball to the left of the goal. In the mid­dle of the pack, Alexan­der was able to head it over Cur­ley goalie Nathan Wdziezkowski in­side the op­po­site post.

“It’s al­ways a lit­tle ex­tra spe­cial scor­ing in this game,” Alexan­der said. “Chris put a per­fect ball to the back post and I told him to find my head and it worked out. It’s a lot of adren­a­line, and you don’t know where you are, but to see the ball go in the back of the net, there’s noth­ing like it.”

The goal came with 23:28 to play and the Car­di­nals de­fense had to stay strong. The Fri­ars had three qual­ity scor­ing chances in the fi­nal six min­utes with Ale­jan­dro Ar­be­laez send­ing a free kick from 30 yards just wide; a shot from Matt Brum­met from 16 yards high and an­other in­side the box from Bren­den Hollingsworth also high.

With the crowd yet to set­tle in, the home team was fast to strike when se­nior Brady O’Con­nor fin­ished in front just 45 sec­onds into the game for the 1-0 lead.

In the fi­nal minute of an evenly played first half, the Fri­ars were able to equal­ize when Nick Bal­cer scored from 15 yards from the right side.

Both teams came into the week with per­fect records but couldn’t main­tain them.

On Wed­nes­day, Calvert Hall fell to Loyola Blake­field, 2-1, while the Fri­ars tied Mount Saint Joseph, 2-2.

JOHN CAR­ROLL 2, NO. 8 LOYOLA BLAKE­FIELD 0: The visit­ing Dons (2-3, 2-3 MIAA A Con­fer­ence) couldn’t build on Wed­nes­day’s up­set of No. 1 Calvert Hall.

The Pa­tri­ots (3-4, 3-2) used a bal­anced at­tack to score in each half. Ryan Waugh and Hay­den Gaeng had a goal for John Car­roll.

NO. 10 PERRY HALL 3, SPAR­ROWS POINT 0: Reugo Nnadozie scored twice and had an as­sist to lead the Ga­tors (4-2) past the host Point­ers (4-2).

DULANEY 5, KEN­WOOD 0: The host Lions (3-3) were too much for the Blue­birds (0-3).

Four play­ers scored for Dulaney and se­nior for­ward Jor­dan Fields, a trans­fer from St. Paul’s, led the way with two goals.

Girls soc­cer

NO. 4 ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING 3, NO. 15 ARUNDEL 1: Danie Eti­enne, Emily Roberts and Jenna Snead scored for the host Cava­liers (4-2-1). The Wild­cats fell to 1-2-1.

Field hockey

BRYN MAWR 1, SEV­ERN 0: Lola Dada made seven saves and the host Mawr­tians (1-4) shut out the Ad­mi­rals (1-3).

Girls vol­ley­ball

ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING D. NO. 7 MOUNT DE SALES, 3-1: Coach Scott Rom­bach cred­ited fewer un­forced er­rors and bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween his play­ers as the host Cava­liers (2-6, 1-1 IAAM A Con­fer­ence) up­set the Sailors (1-2, 1-2).

Spald­ing won, 25-22, 25-18, 17-25, 25-15. Syd­ney Mose had 29 digs, Sarah Couch had 27 as­sists and Jacey Lewis had 12 kills for the Cava­liers.

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