Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/11/11
Haverford School ended years of frustration this afternoon by defeating host St. Paul’s (Md.) for the first time in history, 10-9, in a much-anticipated boys’ lacrosse opener.
The Fords, ranked No. 1 in two national polls, rallied from a 5-3 deficit late in the first half to seize a 9-6 lead after three periods before holding on for the win.
Haverford School had never won at St. Paul’s, a traditional MIAA power. In each of its last three trips to Brooklandville, the Fords lost in overtime to the Crusaders- coached by Haverford School coach John Nostrant’s college teammate, Rick Brocato.
The game will be shown on kudda.com at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Carl Walrath and Matt Walters each had two goals and an assist and Will McNamara scored twice for Haverford School. Brent Tomlinson, Hup Hupfeldt, Grove Stewart and Brendan McGrath each scored once and Conor Kelly earned the win in goal with 10 saves. Other Haverford School standouts included face-off specialist Joe McCallion, midfielder Sam Rohr and defenseman Goran Murray, who moved back from long pole with Alex Beatty out with an injury.
Haverford School led, 10-8, until the final 10 seconds when St. Paul’s scored to make it 10-9. The Crusaders won the ensuing face-off, but could not get a legitimate shot at tying the game.
McGrath, a senior midfielder headed to Princeton, said the Fords would relish the victory.
Haverford School is the No. 1 team in both the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings and the ESPN RISE POWERADE FAB 50 Rankings. St. Paul’s is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN RISE poll and No. 10 in the UA/IL poll.
“First of all, it was an opportunity to prove we really deserve the (No. 1) ranking,” he said. “Secondly, it was an opportunity to play a top team from Maryland. It was a great challenge.”
“We had a lot of pressure living up to the No. 1 rankings,” added Walters, a middie headed to Syracuse. “People were saying, ‘You think you are No. 1?’
“We had to live up to that. Basically, the team was looking out for each other and making sure no one got too cocky. We were confident, but we focused on being together and working together.”
McGrath said he clearly remembered losing to St. Paul’s, 13-12, in overtime two years ago.
“That was definitely one of the things in the back of our minds,” he said. “When we were sophomore we came down here and lost a tough one in overtime.”
The game was tied, 3-3, after one period, but the Crusaders then scored the first two goals of the second period.
“I think we had opening-game jitters in the first half,” McGrath said. “We finally got going with some good possessions and we got better looks. That led to scoring opportunities and we started cashing in.”
Haverford School 10, St. Paul’s 9
Haverford School 3-1-5-1 – 10
St. Paul’s (Md.) 3-2-1-3- 9
Carl Walrath – 2g, 1a
Hup Hupfeldt – 1g
Brendan McGrath – 1g
Matt Walters – 2g, 1a
Will McNamara – 2g
Grove Stewart – 1g
Brent Tomlinson – 1g
goalie Conor Kelly – 10 saves
St Paul’s scoring
Maddux – 1g
Carlson – 3g
Michel – 2g
Hall – 1g
Gutberlet – 1g
Parks – 1g, 1a
Goalie Waldt – 10 saves
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