By James Boyle
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/12
Henry Blynn had three goals and three assists as host Haverford School toppled Malvern Prep, 13-7, on Saturday to move one step from an undefeated league season.
The Fords, ranked No. 1 in the state, improved to 17-1 overall and 7-0 in the Inter-Ac League. They had clinched their fourth straight Inter-Ac crown Friday when Episcopal Academy fell to Penn Charter and they host Episcopal Tuesday in their final league game.
“We came in knowing that they had the best defense in the state. We moved the ball very well,” said Blynn. “In the beginning… our offense wasn’t clicking, but once the game started going, we started finding our offense.
“We found our perfect offense and just kept running it and running it, and we just drove them into the ground.”
Jake Glancy put Malvern Prep (6-9, 3-4) up 1-0 in the opening minutes of the game, but back-to-back goals from Zach Rego and Sam Rohr gave Haverford the lead. Rego had three goals and one assist, while Rohr had two goals and one assist.
The first half ended with Haverford up, 7-4. With the final seconds of the half winding down, a conduct foul was issued to Malvern head coach Dave Metzbower.
“When a kid’s stick breaks in half it’s obvious that he crosschecked somebody,” said Metzbower. “That’s the only way that it can break in half and they’ve got to understand that… “
Peter Blynn and Reilly Hupfeldt each added two goals for Haverford School, while Kerry Kynett and Gavin McBride had one assist apiece.
“We knew that if we just kept moving the ball quick and worked with the other attackmen, Gavin McBride and Henry Blynn, we could stick one to these guys,” said Rego following his team’s win. “I only do as well as the other attackmen. So when they do well, I feel like the whole attack thrives.”
Tommy O’Connor, Conor Glancy, Russ Atkinson, Kevin McGeary, Joey Klinges and Francis McArdle each had one goal for Malvern. Joey Carlini had their only assist.
“I thought they shot the ball extremely well, and we gave up a lot of easy goals inside and didn’t really help out the matter,” said Metzbower. “We can’t worry about it.
“We’ve got to beat (Germantown Academy) in our next game (Tuesday) and take care of business, and then find out where we’re seeded in the Inter-Ac tournament… We’ve just got to keep plugging along, scrapping and fighting, and doing everything we can.
Malvern starting goalie Matt Barrett and Haverford starting goalie Jake Landman each had 11 saves for their respective teams.
Gavin McBride 1a
Reilly Hupfeldt 2g
Henry Blynn 3g, 3a
Sam Rohr 2g, 1a
Zach Rego 3g, 1a
Peter Blynn 2g
Will Gural 1g
goalies: Jake Landman 12 saves
Face offs: Will Gural 14/24
Jake Glancy 1g
Joey Klinges 1g
Russell Atkinson 1g
Kevin McGeary 1g, 1a
Tommy O’Connor 1g
Joey Carlini 1a
Conor Glancy 1g
Matt Barrett 11 saves