By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/13/15
Haverford School lived up Friday to its team motto afternoon of “Big energy leads to big wins,” according to attackman Forry Smith.
“We have to make sure come out for each game excited and focused,” he said. “As long as we play within ourselves and execute, we should be tough to beat.”
The Fords (2-0) indeed looked nearly invincible.
The No. 3 team in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings, Haverford School was dominant against the No. 4 Crusaders (1-1), building a commanding 12-2 third-period lead before coasting to the victory.
Senior Grant Ament (Penn State signee) finished with four goals and six assists, while junior Smith (Johns Hopkins commit) added four goals and four assists.
Drew Supinski, Jake Hervada, John Nostrant and Dox Aitken scored twice for Haverford School, which gave coach John Nostrant (Nostrant’s father) his 399th career win.
Shane McBride and Phil Poquie also scored for the Fords.
“Our guys played very well together,” said coach Nostrant, who got the best of St. Paul’s coach Rick Brocato, his good friend and college linemate from their days at Washington College.
Carter Flaig had four goals and three assists and and Mitch Gordon added four goals and one assist for the Crusaders, who are expected to compete for a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship. Joe Pollard, Alex McGovern and Brendan Connelly each scored once for St. Paul’s, which trailed 8-2 at halftime.
“One team came ready to play,” Brocato said. “And the other never got off the bus.”
The Fords reeled off seven consecutive goals to snap an early 1-1 tie. Smith converted on a shot from the right wing less than three minutes in the first quarter to trigger the flurry. He set up Ament’s first goal of the game approximately four minutes later. Hervada’s tally capped the scoring in the quarter.
Haverford School’s offense continued to dominate in the second quarter. Shane McBride converted a high pass from behind the goal cage into a 5-1 edge before Avent added a power-play goal less than three minutes into the second.
Supinski’s unassisted tally less than two minutes into the third quarter sparked a four-goal flurry. Smith’ goal midway through the third ballooned the Fords lead to 12-2.
The ability to win most of the face offs and maintain possession played a significant role in Haverford School’s dominance, according to its coach.
“We played very unselfishly,” Nostrant said. “During the third quarter, all but one of our goals were assisted, which means defenses can’t focus on one threat.”
According to Brocato, St. Paul’s defense could not stop the Fords’ predictably aggressive offensive attack.
“They love to jam the ball in front net,” said Brocato. “We knew it was coming. We saw it on video. But we could not do anything about it.”
Shane McBride 2g
Grant Ament 4g, 6a
Forry Smith 3g, 3a
Dox Aitken 2g, 1a
Drew Supinski 2g, 1a
Phil Poquie 1g
Keyveat Postell 2g
John Nostrant 2g
Goalies Alex DeMarco 5, Parker Henderer 5 saves
Joe Pollard 1g
Mitch Gordon 4g, 1a
Alex McGovern 1g
Carter Flaig 4g, 3a
Brendan Connelly 1g
Goalies AJ Barreto 5 saves
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