High-SchoolLacrosse: Brine King of the Spring

No. 49 St. Mark's wins at the wire

March, 12, 2012
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DURHAM, N.C. -- St. Mark's (Dallas) jumped out to an early lead, but it took until the final minute of the game and a goal by Will Perkins for the No. 49 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 to defeat Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.), 6-5 in the final day of the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic.

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Brine King of Spring stat leaders

March, 11, 2012
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DURHAM, N.C --ESPNHS has tracked the leading scorers and save leaders during the Brine King of Spring Face off Classic.

Below are the leaders through Monday.*

Goals (five minimum)

10 Nico Cancemi, Sr. Highland Park (University Place, Texas)
9 Pat Young, Sr., Christchurch (Va.)
8 Ian Robertson, Sr., St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.)
7 David Best, Sr., Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.)
7 Brendan Buckley, Christchurch (Va.)
7 Charlie Ferber, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.)
7 Duncan Morris, Christchurch (Va.)
6 Brier Davis, Jr., McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
6 Cory Phillips, Sr., Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.)
5 Will Donahue, Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.)
5 Tanner Fisher, Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.)
5 Jordan Germershausen, Jr., Calvert Hall
5 Patrick Kelly, Sr., Calvert Hall (Baltimore)
5 Dylan Park, Sr., St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.)
5 Connor Prevost, Sr., Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)
5 Tony Asher, Jr., Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)
5 Reid White, Christchurch (Va.)

Assists (four minimum)

10 Pat Young, Sr., Christchurch (Va.)
8 Walker Brown, Fr., Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.)
5 Duncan Morris, Christchurch (Va.)
5 Gannon Morrison, Soph., Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)
4 Walker Brown, Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.)
4 Carson Clough, Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.)
4 Miles Davis, St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.)
4 Patrick Kelly, Sr., Calvert Hall (Baltimore)
4 Jonathon Henry, Jr., Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)

Points (six minimum)

19 Pat Young, Sr., Christchurch (Va.)
10 Nico Cancemi, Sr. Highland Park (University Place, Texas)
9 Walker Brown, Fr., Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.)
9 Patrick Kelly, Sr., Calvert Hall (Baltimore)
8 Charlie Ferber, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.)
8 Cory Phillips, Sr., Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.)
8 Ian Robertson, Sr., St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.)
7 David Best, Sr., Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.)
7 Jonathon Henry, Jr., Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)
7 Sam Krause, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.)
6 Nico Cancemi, Sr. Highland Park (University Place, Texas)
6 Brier Davis, Jr., McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
6 Gannon Morrison, Soph., Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.)

Saves (10 minimum)

41 Connor Keehn, Christchurch (Va.)
35 Braxton Carr, Sr., Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.)
31 Emerson Hodes, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.)
29 Colin Bressan, Jr., St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.)
27 Mitch Renfrow, Soph., Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)
26 Ben Flood, Lovett School (Atlanta)
22 Conner Mullen, Fr. St. Mark's (Dallas)
16 Alec McNamara, Sr., Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.)
15 Wyatt Devine, Nofolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.)
14 Bass Barfield, McCallie (Chatanooga, Tenn.)
13 Nick Voso, Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.)
10 Jack Brust, Calvert Hall (Baltimore)
10 Matthew Meaders, Highland Park (University Place, Texas)
10 Emerson Schaffer, Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.)

* Coaches, please e-mail lacrosse editor Mike Loveday at Michael.Loveday@espn.com with stat updates. Follow ESPNHS Lacrosse on Twitter @ESPNMike.

Strong second half propels No. 1 Calvert Hall

March, 11, 2012
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Jordan GermershausenMike Loveday/ESPNHSJordan Germershausen scored three goals in the third quarter to help Calvert Hall defeat St. Mark's at the Brine King of Spring.


DURHAM, N.C. -- In a battle of POWERADE FAB 50 teams, No. 1 Calvert Hall (Baltimore) used an eight goal second half to defeat No. 49 St. Mark's (Dallas), 11-1 at the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic on Sunday.

Calvert Hall took an early lead over the Lions, scoring two goals in the first quarter. The Cardinals were held to just one more goal in the first half to go into the second half with a 3-0 lead.

St. Mark's freshman goalie Conner Mullen recorded six saves in the first half to help keep the Lions in the game, but the second half opened with Stephen Kelly winning the face off and taking the ball straight to the net for a goal.

Junior Jordan Germershausen scored the next three goals to extend the lead to 7-0 and help put the Cardinals in control.

"We got outworked in ground balls and turnovers killed us in the first half," Germershausen said. "We just started clicking in the second half."

Calvert Hall got two goals apiece from Kevin Diehl and Tim Kelly in the second half to break open the game and give the Cardinals an 11-0 lead.

St. Mark's senior and Michigan commit, Will Perkins, scored the lone goal for St. Mark's.

Calvert Hall heads back to Maryland where it will host Hill Academy (Canada), Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) and Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.).

St. Mark's drops to 6-2 this season and has one game remaining in the King of Spring, Monday against Durham Academy.

Grace Under Fire

St. Mark's started freshman goalie Conner Mullen against Calvert Hall, marking his third varsity start.

Mullen did not seem intimidated by the Cardinals' 17 college-bound athletes, making 13 saves in the game.

"I thought Conner did an excellent job today against a very good offensive team," St. Mark's coach Hayward Lee said. "He was able to make some saves, author some clears and helped with our defensive communication."

Youth Movement

St. Mark's reached the state semifinals in Texas last season and is considered one of the top teams in the state in 2012, but the Lions' best years may be ahead of them.

Just five seniors are on the roster this season and a few times during the Calvert Hall game, the Lions' ran a line entirely made up of freshman and sophomores. St. Mark's does not have a junior varsity team so its young players gain varsity experience from the beginning of their high school career.

Another team that should be making noise over the next few years is McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.). The Blue Tornado's roster has just eight seniors and already boasts junior Brier Davis who recently committed to play for Hofstra.

More Scores from Day 3

Christ School (Asheville, N.C.) def. McCallie, 10-9
Christ School had an 8-4 lead at halftime and held on to win as McCallie outscored them 5-2 in the second half. Zach Mitchell scored three goals and had one assist while Ells Parham and Ben Mulford each scored two goals to help Christ School in the win. Brier Davis scored three goals for McCallie while Bass Barfield recorded four saves. Christ School improves to 7-1 this season while McCallie drops to 3-2.

Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) def. Charlotte Country Day, 7-2
Charlie Ferber scored four goals to help Rockhurst improve to 3-1 this season. Michael Radford and Shepard Wilton each scored for Charlotte Country Day.

Highland Park (University Place, Texas) def. Christchurch (Va.), 15-14 OT
Down three goals with four minutes remaining, Highland Park tied the game with 30 seconds left to send it into overtime. Senior Nico Cancemi scored the game-winner 20 seconds into overtime. The goal was Cancemi's sixth of the game. Bryce Green and Robert Mencke each scored three goals and goalie Matthew Meaders recorded 10 saves in the win. Highland Park improves to 3-2 on the season. Christchurch falls to 1-2.

No. 1 Calvert Hall makes statement in opener

March, 10, 2012
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Stephen Kelly, Calvert HallMike Loveday/ESPNHSStephen Kelly helped lead Calvert Hall to an opening round win at the Brine King of Spring Face off Classic.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) looked every bit like the No. 1 team in the nation with a 17-2 win over Lovett School (Atlanta) in the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic.

Patrick Kelly scored four goals and dished out three assists to help the Cardinals start the season 1-0.

"This is the first step of many. We want to take away the things that we did well, but they know the things that they need to work on." Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. "When we get guys not wanting to get their points and more worried about winning, that's when we'll be really good."

Calvert Hall took advantage of two non-releasable penalties on Lovett, scoring five goals in five minutes with the man advantage. The first penalty, an illegal stick, forced Lovett to play a man down for three minutes which led Calvert Hall to score four goals to increase its lead to 5-0.

The Cardinals were voted as the No. 1 team in the POWERADE FAB 50, receiving six of eight first place votes. Their next game is Sunday against No. 49 St. Mark's (Dallas).

Lovett drops to 3-2. The Lions next game is at home against Whitewater (Fayetteville, Ga.).

Winning At The X

ESPNHS No. 8 junior Stephen Kelly went 10-1 on face offs and scored one goal in the win. Overall, Calvert Hall went 16-4 on face offs and controlled possesion for most of the game.

Short-handed

Calvert Hall started the game without Evan Connell, the No. 50 senior in the ESPNHS 100. The defender got sick after the team left for North Carolina on Friday and sat for the game on Saturday.

Junior Tom Bennett was knocked out of the game after he suffered a concussion in the second half.

Lovett is without the No. 6 senior, Jordan Cunningham, who tore his ACL in the first game of the year and will miss the entire season.

Other Scores From Day 2

(Scores will be updated as we recieve them)

Rockhurst Jesuit (MO) def. Christ School (N.C.), 7-6 OT
Addison Degen scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime. Goalie Emerson Hodes recorded seven saves and Sam Krause scored two goals in the win for Rockhurst. Christ School suffers its first loss of the year (6-1) while Rockhurst Jesuit improves to 2-1.

St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) def. No. 49 St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas), 6-1
Ian Robertson scored three goals in the win while goalie Colin Bressan recorded 16 saves for St. Anne's. Dylan Park added a goal and Miles Davis had an assist in the win.

Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.) def. RJ Reynolds (Raleigh, N.C.) 8-5
Andy Teasdall scored three goals and added two assists and Alex Karpinski and Davis Welch each scored a goal for RJ Reynolds. Reynolds goalie Marshall Montgomery recorded 10 saves. Reynolds falls to 1-2 while Blue Ridge improves to 2-0.

Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.) def. East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 17-7
Will Donohue scored four goals and added an assist and Emerson Schaeffer recorded eight saves in the win for Charlotte Latin. Carson Song totaled five points (three assists, two goals) and Carson Clough had three assists and a goal in the win. Jackson Voyer scored two goals and added two assists for East Chapel Hill. Charlotte Latin improves to 2-1 while East Chapel Hill falls to 1-3.

Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.) def. Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.), 9-5
Walker Brown totaled four assists and Wyatt Devine recorded 10 assists for Norfolk Academy. David Best and Thomas Brown each scored two goals in the win. Sophomore goalie Mitch Renfrow recorded 13 saves for Providence. Steve Onak scored two goals and added an assist in the loss. Providence Day drops to 3-1 while Norfolk improves to 3-0.

Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) def. Apex (N.C.), 10-7
Lambert came back from being down 5-4 at halftime to outscore Apex 6-2 in the second half to win. Cory Phillips scored three goals and added two assists and Teddy Ryan scored two goals with one assist in the win. Goalie Alec McNamara recorded 10 saves in the victory. Apex drops to 2-4 while Lambert improves to 9-0 this season.

St. Christopher’s School (Richmond, Va.) def. Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.), 7-2
Ravenscroft is 0-1 on the season. St. Christopher's improves its record to 1-0.

Highland Park High School (University Park, Texas) def. Charlotte Country Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 9-1
Wills Manley scored four goals and Bryce Green had three assists in Highland Park's win. Michael Radford scored the lone goal for Charlotte Country Day. Highland Park improves to 2-2 while Charlotte Country Day drops to 0-4.

Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) def. McCallie School (Chatanooga, Tenn.), 14-10
Chad Toliver and Briar Davis each scored three goals and added an assist for McCallie in the loss. Cardinal Gibbons improves to 5-0 while the Tornado drops to 3-1 on the season.

Christchurch (Va.) def. Broughton High School (Raleigh, N.C.), 16-8
Kenny Gaspa scored four goals and Brendan Buckley and Pat Young each scored three for Christchurch.

Brine King of Spring: Day 1 recap

March, 9, 2012
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Cory Phillips, Lambert, Brine King of SpringMike Loveday/ESPNHSCory Phillips (right) scored three goals in Lambert's win over Rockhurst Jesuit at the Brine King of Spring on Friday.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- In a game that featured four players committed to Division I programs, St. Anne's-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) defeated Lovett School (Atlanta, Ga.) 15-9.

Delaware commit Ian Robertson scored five goals and Amherst commit Dylan Park scored four goals for St. Anne's in the win.

"We studied this team a bit and we had matchups planned out. We rotated our offense well and found the open guys," Park said. "Possesion time was key for us. Every time we tried to force it they seemed to pick it off and send it the other way."

High Point commit Cory Palmer scored three goals and added an assist, and Tyler Cunningham scored three goals in the loss for Lovett.

Lovett was without its stud defenseman, Jordan Cunningham, who tore his ACL in the first game of the season.

St. Anne's is now 1-0, while the loss drops Lovett School to 3-1.


Stellar Debut

St. Anne's goalie Colin Bressan recorded 13 saves in his varsity debut. The junior battled with two others to earn the starting spot this season.

Bressan made several big saves, and with each one his teammates shouted his name in support from the sideline.

"He's been working all year and we were really proud with how he did," Park said. "He worked his butt off to earn that starting spot."


Fast Start For Longhorns

Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) jumped out to a 12-0 lead and finished off Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 17-3.

The Longhorns had two players score three goals and improved their record to 7-0.

"We tell our kids all the time that lacrosse is a game of momentum, and in big games you have to grab it and keep it," Lambert coach Rich Wehman said. "If you lose it you never get it back."

Cory Phillips and Peyton Smith each scored three goals and Alec McNamara recorded six saves in the win for Lambert.


Other Scores From Day 1

Christ School (Asheville, N.C.) def. Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.), 5-3
Five different players scored for Christ School, including Zach Mitchell, who sealed the game by scoring the team's fifth goal with 34 seconds remaining in the game. Christ School improved to 6-0 with the win. Durham Academy drops to 0-1.

Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.) def. Charlotte Country Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 11-2
David Best scored five goals and Thomas Brown and Drew Aladj each scored two for Norfolk Academy. Wyatt Devine recorded five saves in the win. Tripp Mulligan and Sterling Wilson both scored for Charlotte Country Day.

Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.) def. Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.), 12-7
Tanner Fisher scored five goals, Chase Fraser added four goals and an assist, and Tyler Pace had three assists and a goal in the win for Blue Ridge School. Goalie Nick Voso recorded 13 saves in the win. Marshall Burlingame scored four goals for Charlotte Latin.

Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) def. Christchurch School (Va.), 15-14
Jonathon Henry totaled four goals and three assists and Tony Asher added four goals for Providence Day. Steve Onak (3 goals, 2 assists) and Brendan McArdle (3 assists, 2 goals) also scored in the win. Midfielder Tony Asher won 24 of the team's faceoffs and scored four goals. Mitch Renfrow recorded 14 saves.

King of Spring Classic features top talent

March, 8, 2012
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Ryan Brown, Calvert HallDonald Obrecht/ESPNHSCalvert Hall (Md.) and Ryan Brown kick off the 2012 season at the Brine King of the Spring Face-off Classic.
Ryan Brown is a Johns Hopkins commit with offensive skills to spare and a spot in the ESPNHS 100, but even with all the accolades and praise, Brown still has to earn his spot on the Calvert Hall (Baltimore) starting attack line.

That’s how good the Cardinals are.

With 15 Division I commits and four D-III commits filling out its roster, Calvert Hall is as stacked as any team in the nation. It has four players ranked in the ESPNHS 100 -- including Brown (59) and Patrick Kelly (3) and is the No. 1 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

If the Cardinals hope to stay there and finish the year No. 1, they’re going to have to get off to a good start at the Brine King of the Spring Face-off Classic.

“Nothing is going to be handed to you on this team,” Brown said. “Every day you have to earn what you’re going to get. If you don’t work hard in practice, you’re going to get pulled because we have enough talent to do that this year.”

Calvert Hall is one of the 21 teams from seven states competing in the third annual interstate lacrosse showdown being played in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area from March 9-12. The Cardinals face Georgia state semifinalist Lovett (Atlanta, Ga.) and Texas state semifinalist St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas) in its second.

That’s not exactly the easiest way to kick off a season. But the Cardinals are excited for the competition.

“Both of the teams we’re playing have a lot of talent, so we’ll have a good idea of where we are pretty early on,” Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. “This will be our first live action of the year and we’re going to be playing against teams that will have been playing for a while, so it should be a good challenge for us.”

It will also be a challenge for the other schools competing. Calvert Hall isn’t the only one with talent.

Every day you have to earn what you're going to get. If you don't work hard in practice, you're going to get pulled because we have enough talent to do that this year.

-- Calvert Hall senior Ryan Brown
Lovett features returning All-American attackman Cory Palmer. In Lovett’s game against the Cardinals, Palmer and Cardinals defender Evan Connell, who is the No. 50 ranked player in the ESPNHS 100, will battle on the offensive end of the field.

Other star players competing include Norfolk Academy (Va.) All-American defender David Best, ranked No. 31 in the ESPNHS 100, and Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City) All-American midfielder Peter Muelenbach.

But nobody has it quite as good as Calvert Hall.

They have three North Carolina commits (Kelly, Connell and Stephen Kelly), three Towson commits (Brian Bolewicki, Tyler Mayes, Reece Bartell), two Johns Hopkins commits (Kelton Black and Brown), two Ohio State commits (Carter Brown, John Kelly), one Norte Dame commit (Garrett Epple), one Maryland commit (John Belz) and more than a half dozen other college-bound players.

Their defense (Connell, Epple and Mayes), midfield (Black, Bolewicki, Belz, John Kelly and Stephen Kelly) and attack (Patrick Kelly, Ryan Brown and Carter Brown) are comprised entirely of D-I recruits and most of the backups are going to play at big-time schools too.

No wonder Ryan Brown is worried about his spot.

“We’re backed up at every position with talent,” Brown said. “We’re definitely capable of going undefeated and we’re not expecting anything less.”

With a roster that deep and talented, they shouldn’t.

King of the Spring Face-off Classic Schedule

Friday, March 9

At Duke

Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.) vs. Charlotte Country Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 6 p.m.
Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.) vs. Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.), 8 p.m.

At UNC
Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.) vs. Christ School (Asheville, N.C.), 2:15 p.m.
Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) vs. Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.), 4 p.m.
Lovett School (Atlanta, Ga.) vs. St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.), 6 p.m.
Christchurch School (Va.) v. Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.), 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

At Cardinal Gibbons High School
St. Anne’s Belfield vs. St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas), 2 p.m.
Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) vs. Christchurch (Va.), 4 p.m.
Apex (N.C.) vs. Lambert, 6 p.m.
Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) vs. McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 8 p.m.

At Duke
Christ School vs. Rockhurst Jesuit, 10 a.m.
Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.) vs. East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 3:30 p.m.
Norfolk Academy vs. Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 5:30 p.m.
Highland Park (University Place, Texas) vs. Charlotte Country Day, 7:30 p.m.

At UNC
Lovett School vs. Calvert Hall, Noon
R.J. Reynolds (N.C.) vs. Blue Ridge School, 2 p.m.
St. Christopher's School (Va.) vs. Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.), 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 11

At Duke
St. Mark’s vs. Calvert Hall, 10 a.m.
Highland Park vs. Christchurch, Noon

At UNC
Charlotte Country Day vs. Rockhurst Jesuit, 10 a.m.
Christ School (N.C.) vs. McCallie, Noon

Monday, March 14

Highland Park at Ravenscroft, 5 p.m.
St. Mark’s at Durham Academy, 4 p.m.

ESPNHS lacrosse editor Mike Loveday will be covering the tournament. Check the site for daily recaps and leading scorers. Follow ESPNHS Lacrosse on Twitter @ESPNMike for updates during the games.

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