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Boys’ lacrosse preview: Haverford School opens Friday at St. Paul’s as top-ranked team in country

Thursday, 10th March 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/10/11

Team: Haverford School
Last year’s record: 20-4, Inter-Ac League co-champions, Inter-Ac Invitational champions

Haverford School, seen here after winning the Inter-Ac Invitational last year, enters the season against St. Paul's as the top-ranked team in the nation

Head coach: John Nostrant (21st year, 10 Inter-Ac championships, two state championships)
Opener: Friday at St. Paul’s (Md.), 3:30 p.m. (tape delay on, approx 8:30 p.m.). Fords have lost in OT last three times they played at St. Paul’s.
Rankings: No. 1 in Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings, ESPN RISE
Key players:
Carl Walrath, A/M, sr. (signed with Virginia), All-American, All-EPSLA, All-Inter-Ac 1st team
Goran Murray, LSM, sr. (signed with Maryland), All-EPSLA, All-Inter-Ac 1st team
Conor Kelly, G, sr. (signed with Notre Dame), All-Inter-Ac 1st team
Matt Walters, MF, sr. (signed Syracuse), All-Inter-Ac 1st team
Brendan McGrath, MF, (committed to Princeton), All-Inter-Ac 1st team
Joe McCallion, FO/MF, sr. (committed to Penn), HM inter-Ac
Grove Stewart, M, sr. (committed to Harvard), HM Inter-Ac
Chris Hupfeldt, A, sr. (committed to Penn), HM Inter-Ac
Alex Beatty, DEF, sr. (committed to Princeton)
Brent Tomlinson, A, sr. (committed to Brown)
Colin Heffernan, G, sr. (committed to Dartmouth)
Vince Garman, D, sr. (committed to High Point)
Will McNamara, M/D, jr. (committed to Virginia), 1st team Inter-Ac
Sam Rohr, M/FO, jr. (committed to Penn), HM Inter-Ac
Henry Blynn, A, jr. (committed to Brown)
Connor Bailey, D, jr. (committed to Georgetown)
Warner Bailey, D, jr. (committed to Georgetown)
Zach Rego, A, jr. (committed to Georgetown)
Gavin McBride, A., soph
Will Gural, FO/MF, jr.
Paxton Moore, LSM, jr.
James Chakey, d-middie, jr.
Jake Wimoski, d-middie, sr.

Outlook: “The big thing is we have never beaten St. Paul’s at St. Paul’s,” said Nostrant, who played college lacrosse at Washington College with St. Paul’s coach Rick Brocato. “Our seniors can do something a lot of good teams have never done if we can beat them.

“First and foremost, we’re just trying to compete every day. In practice, we have a lot of good players, and only 10 players play at a time. Everything is competitive. We don’t know who our starting attack will be yet. We’re still trying to figure it out. Our practices are kind of like games.”



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