Strong second half propels No. 1 Calvert Hall

Jordan Germershausen scored three goals in the third quarter to help Calvert Hall defeat St. Mark¬ís at the Brine King of Spring. Mike Loveday/ESPNHS

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.