Calvert Hall (Md.)
With this year’s Cardinal program, it’s impossible to single out one player who made the most significant impact.
Calvert Hall completed its mission with a 15-7 win over St. Mary’s (Md.) to claim its third-consecutive MIAA A Conference championship. The Cardinals are the first team since the MIAA formed in 1996 to win three-straight titles.
Jack Sawyer (Maryland) totaled six points on five assists and a goal, Grant Mitchell totaled five points on three goals and two assists, and Daniel Kelly scored three goals in the Cardinals victory.
In the semifinal win over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), Kelly scored six points on four goals and two assists, Sawyer scored three and Connor Mitchell added three of his own in the 18-4 win.
“Every guy on the team wanted to do what was best for the team. If you watch us play offensively, you can’t say there’s one guy who held the ball too long,” Head Coach Bryan Kelly said. “Everybody kept moving the ball and whoever was open was going to score. That was a big part of our success.”
Calvert Hall finished 10-0 in the conference. Their only loss this season was a 10-9 overtime loss to Hill Academy (Canada) on March 13.
Player of the Week Honor Roll
Brandon Bergner and Dylan Wells, Kent Denver (Colo.)
Bergner scored the game-tying and Wells scored the game-winner as Kent Denver defeated No. 1 seed Valor Christian in the Colorado Class 5A semifinals to reach the title game. Valor Christian entered the game with a 17-0 record.
Jeb Brenfleck, Academy of the New Church (Pa.)
Brenfleck accounted for five of New Church’s nine goals in a 9-8 win over Hun School (N.J.) in the first round of the National Prep Championship. Brenfleck added one assist in the victory.
Charlie Cunniffe, Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
Cunniffee scored five points (2g, 3a) in a 10-8 win over Germantown Academy (Pa.) in the first round of the Inter-Ac playoffs. He added a goal and an assist in the second round against Malvern Prep.
Nick Gorman, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
Gorman earned NCHSAA MVP honors after helping the Crusaders to the Class 4A title. Gorman won all 18 of his face-off attempts to help Gibbons control the game.
Matt Hubbard, Howard (Md.)
The junior made 14 saves, including seven in the first quarter, to help Howard to a 6-5 win over Urbana (Md.) in the Class 4A North Region championship. The win snapped Urbana’s 17-game win streak and gave No. 3 seed Howard a berth in the Final Four.
Christian Mule, Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.)
Mule totaled six points, including the assist that led to the game-winning goal in an 11-10 win over Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) in the first round of the Suffolk County Class B playoffs. Mule led the team with three goals and three assists in the win.
Henry Olson, Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Olson scored five goals and an assist as the Bruins defeated Highlands Ranch 14-3 in the Class 5A semifinal to advance to the state championship game. His five goals match a season high.
Brennan O’Neill, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
O’Neill saved one of his most dominating games of 2019 for the final one. The junior scored seven goals and one assist against rival Chaminade (N.Y.) to clinch the CHSAA championship for the Friars. O’Neill scored 72 points this season, bringing his career total to 317.
Jack Rooney, St. Dominic (N.Y.)
Rooney tallied eight points on five goals and three assists to lead St. Dominic to a 14-6 win over St. Mary’s (N.Y.) and the CHSAA Class A championship. Rooney has 112 points this season.
James Shipley, Weddington (N.C.)
Shipley tallied seven points en route to an MVP performance as Weddington defeated Chapel Hill 16-5 to win its third-straight NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A championship. Shipley scored four goals and three assists in the victory.
Julius Sorino, Seneca (N.J.)
The junior made 14 saves as Seneca defeated Robbinsville (N.J.) 5-1 in the first round of the South, Group 2 playoffs. Seneca entered the playoffs as the No. 13 seed and was the only lower seed to win in the first round. Sorino has 228 saves this season.
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