By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/4/15
Drew Supinski says Haverford School has started the season with seven consecutive wins because the players have bought into the coaching staff’s philosophy.
According to Supinski, that message includes a focus on fundamentals and a determination to win every ground ball.
“If we believe in that, and ourselves, we can have a great year,” he said.
On Saturday, Supinski led the Fords to an 11-5 non-league win over visiting St. Anthony’s (N.Y.). The senior midfielder and Johns Hopkins signee scored a game-high five goals the Fords did nothing to diminish their standing as the No. 1 team in the Epoch Lacrosse North America and Phillylacrosse.com rankings.
Dox Aitken finished with two goals for the Fords and Grant Ament contributed three assists.
“We’re playing with confidence,” Supinski said. “We’re doing exactly what the coaches are telling us to do.”
Jared Nugent finished with two goals and two assists for the Friars (1-2), the No. 10 team in the Epoch Rankings. St. Anthony’s, which lost to Philyl power Episcopal Academy, 11-10, on Thursday, got two goals from Brendan Homire.
St. Anthony’s pulled within 6-5 early in the third quarter on a goal by Connor O’Reilly.
However, the Fords responded with three consecutive goals in a five-minute span to take command.
“We needed to step on the pedal at that point in the game,” Haverford School head coach John Nostrant.
During the third quarter, the Friars wilted under the pressure applied by the home team, according to head coach head coach Keith Wieczorek.
“Haverford School is as good a team as we are going to see,” he said. “Maybe in another week or two we’ll show more poise in that spot.”
At halftime, Nostrant urged his team take better care of the ball. He said too many miscues allowed St. Anthony’s to stay within 6-3.
“Those turnovers, which are uncharacteristic, drive me crazy,” the coach said.
According to Supinski and Nostrant, the Fords are looking forward to their Inter-Ac League opener Tuesday at home against Episcopal.
“It’s a huge game,” Nostrant said. “Every league game is huge, and we can’t wait to get that part of our schedule started.”
Haverford School 11, St. Anthony’s 5
St. Anthony’s (NY) 1 1 3 0 — 5
Haverford School 4 2 3 2 — 11
Shane McBride 1g
Forry Smith 1g
Dox Aitken 2g
Drew Supinski 5g
Phil Poquie 1g
Peter Rohr 1g
Grant Ament 3a
Brandon Shima 1a
Keyveat Postell 1a
Alex deMarco 13 saves
Homire 2g, 1a
Nigent 2g, 2a
Senicola 5 saves
McGuian 5 saves
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