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posted 03.23.2012 at 11.50 p.m. by Brian Logue

Conestoga Upsets No. 1 Calvert Hall

Bradlee Lord had five goals, including the winner with 2:21 left as No. 3 Conestoga beat No. 1 Calvert Hall on Friday night.

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Conestoga, ranked third in the nation in the first Lacrosse Magazine Boys' High School Poll of the season, opened its season by upsetting No. 1 ranked Calvert Hall 11-10 on Friday night in Towson, Md.

Senior attack Bradlee Lord had a game-high five goals for the Pioneers, including the game-winner with 2:21 remaining in the game. Conestoga, located in suburban Philadelphia, scored the final six goals of the game after Calvert Hall (3-1) had taken a 10-5 lead in the third quarter.

Calvert Hall midfielder Stephen Kelly, a U.S. U19 player who is featured on the cover of the March issue of Lacrosse Magazine, won 20-of-22 faceoffs in the game. Frequent Lacrosse Magazine contributor Nelson Coffin has a detailed story on the game available through the Baltimore Sun.

Conestoga has won two straight Pennsylvania public school championships and went 25-1 last season, losing only to consensus national No. 1 Haverford School.

The Pioneers victory kicked off an ambitious 2012 schedule. In addition to playing the top teams in the Philadelphia area, Conestoga will come to Maryland again to play Boys' Latin, has a neutral site game against Long Island power Garden City and hosts the Hill Academy from Canada.

Calvert Hall kicks off three more games against out of state opponents on Sunday against Salesianum (Del.) before opening MIAA play on April 10 at Boys' Latin.

No. 23 Landon (Md.) 5, No. 2 Haverford (Pa.) 4

Haverford's 30-game win streak ended Friday at Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Landon senior goalie Alex Joyce, a Georgetown recruit, made 14 saves as the Bears built a 5-1 lead and held off the last year's national champion. The Fords scored three goals in a roughly five-minute span in the fourth quarter, but couldn't tie it.

The loss is Haverford's first since losing to Malvern Prep (Pa.) in 2010.

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 7, No. 20 Boys' Latin (Md.) 5

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes improved to 5-0 while handing Boys' Latin its first loss. Senior midfielder Brent Armstrong, a member of the U.S. U19 team, led the way with three goals and an assist. Sophomore Shack Stanwick had a goal and two assists for Boys' Latin.