By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/23/13
Only a sophomore, Episcopal Academy attackman Curtis Zappala showed the guile of a veteran today.
The Maryland commit scored the game-tying goal with 2:44 left in regulation and then won it with 2:31 remaining in the first overtime on a sneaky wrap-around to lift the Churchmen to a thrilling 9-8 Inter-Ac league triumph over host Haverford School.
EA, ranked No. 12 in North America by TopLaxRecruits.com and No. 1 by Phillylacrosse.com, improved its first-place mark to 5-0 (10-3) overall and won its ninth straight game. The Fords are 3-2 in the Inter-Ac and 8-5 overall.
Zappala, who had three goals, won it by going around the cage to Jake Landman’s right and tucking it into the net.
“I saw Dutch (Buckley) clear his guy out and the (closest) slide was probably 5 or or 10 yards away so I had two more steps and I just put it in,” said Zappala. “Coach told us to keep our heads on our shoulders. We’re in the driver’s seat now.”
The goal capped a tense Inter-Ac battle that saw four ties and only one Haverford lead. That came in the final quarter when Timmy Brooks (three goals) tied the game with five minutes to play and Peter Blynn (one goal, two assists) put the Fords up, 8-7, with 3:42 to play.
But after a 1-minute unreleasable penalty against Connor Keating (on Matt Ernst), Zappala fired a laser past Landman to tie it on the EMO goal, setting up overtime.
Matt Ernst, who left the game after the Keating hit, was 15 of 18 at the face-off X. Tyler Chambers had two goals and two assists and Trupert Ortlieb added two goals and one assist while Ian Strain scored twice. Colin Reder made eight saves.
Reilly Hupfeldt had three goals for Haverford.
“It’s a great high school lacrosse game with two good teams,” said Haverford School coach JohnNostrant. “There’s no excuses; we got beat by a good team and a well-coached team. We’re young and we’re not good enough to win and turn the ball over that much.
“We fight hard and have a lot of heart. We’ve proven we can pretty much beat anybody, but we can lose to anyone because we beat ourselves and that’s a good lesson for a young team.”
Episcopal Academy – which defeated Haverford School for the Inter-Ac Invitational crown last year, is seeking its first Inter-Ac title since 1998.
“We’ve got a lot of older kids that have been here before and made plays, but today Curt Zappala was the story in the fourth quarter and overtime,” said EA coach Andy Hayes. “ The Man-up goal was ridiculous and the game-winner … I keep telling them they have to value their opportunities. I am very proud of them.
“But we still have a long way to go.”
Episcopal Academy 9, Haverford School 8, OT
Episcopal Academy 2-2-2-2-1 – 9
Haverford School 1-1-4-2-0- 8
Curtis Zappala 3g
Trupert Ortlieb 2g 1a
Tyler Chambers 2g 2a
Ian Strain 2 g
Matt Ernst FO 14 –of- 19
Colin Reder 8 saves
Reilly Hupfeldt 3g
Tommy McNamara 1a
Peter Blynn 1g, 2a
Grant Ament 1g
Timmy Brooks 3g
Jake Landman 4 saves