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Boys’ lacrosse: Malvern Prep opens by downing Loyola Blakefield, 9-7, to give Metzbower 1st win

Saturday, 19th March 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/19/11
Staff Report

Vince Travaglini, Keith Dreyer and TJ Hanzsche each scored two goals as host Malvern Prep defeated Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 9-7, today to open its 2011 boys’ lacrosse season

Malvern Prep's TJ Hanzsche celebrates one of his two goals (Photo by Warren Samolsky)

Graeme Weaver, Jake Glancy and Mike Dougherty also scored for the Friars, who finished a 3-0 Philly sweep over the Dons. Penn Charter and Haverford School also had beaten Loyola.

The win gave David Metzbower a victory in his debut as a high school head coach against his high school alma mater (Class of 1982). Metzbower was a 20-year assistant at Princeton and also was an assistant at Delaware before serving as an assistant last year at Haverford School.

“As I told the guys n the locker room, it’s the first win in a long season and we took a step forward,” said Metzbower. “We won a game and now we move on to the next one.

“It’s always good to win the first one – or any game for that matter.”

Metzbower praised the work of senior Drew Kennedy (won 12 of 17) at the face-off X. Kennedy dominated in the second half when possessions were integral and Loyola continued to come back.

Also, senior goalie Ryan McDevitt (six saves) was outstanding in the first half. Sophomore Matt Barrett also was strong in the second half with six saves. Juniors Eddie Morris and Jack Sheridan led the defense (especially during 8 man up opportunities by Loyola.).

“We didn’t do a good job early playing defense, but we tightened it up as the game went on,” Metzbower said. “Ryan McDevitt played a great first half in goal. He had some spectacular saves.

“Eddie Morris and Jack Sheridan did a good job of playing good physical lacrosse.”

Malvern Prep now gears for a key inter-state battle with Delaware power Salesianum School on Wednesday in Wilmington.

Malvern's Drew Kennedy wins one of his 12 face-offs (Photo by Warren Samolsky)

“We have to play well every game,” Metzbower said. “Salesianum is kind of like a rival to us and they are not far away. We know they are a very strong squad


“We have to keep playing well every game out to be able to have any chance to compete with the likes of a (top-ranked) Haverford School one day.”

Malvern Prep:
Vince Travaglini 2G, TJ Hanzsche 2G, Keith Dreyer 2G, Graeme Weaver 1G; Jake Glancy 1G, Mike Dougherty 1G; Ryan McDevitt 6 saves; Matt Barrett 6 saves. Drew Kennedy, won 12 of 17 face-offs.

Loyola Blakefield:
Pat Bivons 3 G, Alex Hardwick 1 G, Adam Smith 1 G, Devin McNamara 1 G



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