By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/6/08
Malvern Prep has made it clear of its goal to win both the final Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) championship and the state title.
But the Friars first wanted to take care of business in their own backyard.
Tuesday at Germantown Academy, Malvern looked like a team ready to make a run at state gold when it battered Germantown Academy, 16-4 to clinch the Inter-Ac League crown.
The Friars (15-2 overall) used a balanced attack and pinpoint passing to improve to 9-0 in the Inter-Ac. They shoot for a perfect 10-0 campaign Friday at Penn Charter and finish the regular season with non-league games against Lawrenceville School (N.J.) on May 14 and Radnor on May 16.
“It’s always a huge feather in our cap to win the Inter-Ac,” said Malvern coach John McEvoy. “Our assessment was that whoever wins the Inter-Ac is going to have to earn it. It’s always important to our guys.”
The Friars, ranked No. 2 by Phillylacrosse.com in last week’s poll, first had to solve a Germantown Academy zone defense that totally frustrated top-ranked La Salle last week in a 3-2 upset victory.
Malvern, though, went to work early, hitting open men deep inside the middle of the GA zone while scoring four goals in the final six minutes of the opening period to seize a 4-0 lead. The Friars led 7-1 at halftime and never looked back.
Senior Christian Kellett had three goals and three assists to lead the assault while Colin McGeehin added three goals and two assists and Conor Steidle had three goals and one assist. Freshman Mike Dougherty tallied three late goals while Bobby Hill had two scores.
“They ran a zone so we had guys in the crease,” Kellett said. “We wanted to keep moving the ball around with quick passes to beat the zone. That’s probably the best showing against a zone defense we’ve had.
“After they beat La Salle, we knew we had a test coming up.”
Kellett said winning the Inter-Ac is a big accomplishment.
“I think this is the second-best lacrosse league in the U.S. other than Maryland,” he said
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