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Calvert falls short to rival Huntingtown in "Gold Rush" game

Prince Frederick, MD – The Calvert Cavaliers hosted in-county rival Huntingtown Wednesday, April 10 for their “Gold Rush” game, raising money to fight pediatric cancer. The Hurricanes defeated the Cavaliers 11-8 in a close-fought battle that went back-and-forth for almost the entire contest.

“Coming into the game, they knew our stars and we knew theirs,” said Calvert Head Coach Ryan Hunsicker. The play of both defenses stood out to Hunsicker, who said his guys need to work on ground balls and facing off at the X.

The Cavaliers surprised Huntingtown early, winning the face and scoring on their first possession coming from a time-and-room shot by middie Max Jackson. Huntingtown responded, scoring four unanswered goals until Calvert answered on a full-field pass from goalie Chris Rerig to attackman Grayson McCurry. The energizing goal sparked Calvert who went on a three-goal run of their own, culminating in a highlight assist from McCurry who flipped a no-look pass to Isiah Roberts as he fell behind the goal, tying the game 4-4.

“Calvert came out ready to play, they definitely outworked us,” said Huntingtown Head Coach Pete Kerwin after the game. Kerwin was visibly distraught that Calvert was keeping close to Huntingtown, only down one goal (4-5) at the half. The Hurricanes had defeated five SMAC opponents by a combined score of 79-8 up until they played Calvert. Huntingtown’s only loss came in week two against Bel Air private school John Carroll.

Hunsicker called the game “one of the best” in the program’s history, giving Huntingtown their first in-conference scare this season. “Definitely a hard-fought game, we have to tip our hats to Calvert, they outworked us and played a really good game tonight,” acknowledged Coach Kerwin who went on to say that Huntingtown needs to get back to “doing the little things right” which will translate to “the big outcome we want.”

Huntingtown stretched their lead to three in the third quarter and didn’t look back, leading by as much as five (6-11) at one point in the fourth. A big reason the Hurricanes were able to keep the game in-hand was the play of senior attackman Tommy Dalrymple, who recorded two goals and five assists before the end of the contest. “We definitely started out slow, but we started to pick it up. We have a pretty young and inexperienced team. They’re all really good players, we just need to get them consistently playing well.” Dalrymple was one of eight unique goal scorers for the Hurricanes. Middie Nick Boswell contributed a hat-trick and an assist to the win.

The two teams were able to help raise over $1,000 for the Go4theGoal Foundation, donning yellow shoelaces in support of the fight against pediatric cancer. The game was dedicated to Katrina Bosse, a cancer patient who recently finished chemo and is in remission. Calvert’s Hunsicker expressed the importance of the cancer game and teaching his players that “life is a lot bigger than lacrosse, at any moment what you do on the field can be taken from you.”

Calvert was led by middie Corey Watson and attackman Grayson McCurry, each with two goals and an assist.

The Cavaliers face Leonardtown April 24. Huntingtown takes on Chopticon April 15 and Howard April18.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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