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Despite @IACChallenge title game loss, @HunLax (N.J.) proves it belongs among the elite

Tuesday, 19th May 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 5/19/15

Robert Kuhn said it’s been a dream season for The Hun School (N.J.) lacrosse team.

The Raiders came into the 2015 campaign as a relative unknown, but moved up into the national rankings quickly and advanced to the Inter-Ac Challenge finals Monday with a sparkling 18-0 record that included two wins over Inter-Ac power Episcopal Academy and victories over IMG National and St. Augustine Prep.

Robert Kuhn had three goals and an assist for Hun School on Monday in the loss to Haverford School (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

Robert Kuhn had three goals and an assist for Hun School on Monday in the loss to Haverford School (Photo by Rene Schleicher)

With the help of a 5-2 run, the Raiders were trailing only, 9-7, midway through the third period Monday night to No. 1 Haverford School (PA) in the championship game at PPL Park. But the Fords’ superior depth along with their standout goaltending and face-off work was too much and Haverford won, 15-8, in what served as a mythical national championship game.

Despite the loss, Hun School left no doubts that it was one of the top teams in the country.

“Nobody expected us to be here at all except for us from Day 1 and we proved a lot of people wrong and kept going,” said Hun School post-grad midfielder Robert Kuhn, who had three goals and an assist.

“They (The Fords) have unreal depth. Obviously, their face-off guy (Jake Hervada) had a great game. They’re the No. 1 team in the country for a reason. We went head-to-head with them, we just opened the door for them a few times.”

Hun School fell behind, 7-2, but Owen Black and Brendan Rooney (two goals) scored and Kuhn later scored just before the end of the period to make it 8-5. Chris Donovan (two goals, four assists) and Rooney sandwiched a goal by the Fords’ Chris Sabia to make it 9-7.

Ultimately, Haverford School’s dynamic attack and Alex deMarco’s 17 saves were too much for the Raiders to overcome. But Kuhn, a Johns Hopkins commit, said his team will bounce back for its final game Thursday against Lawrenceville School.

“We still have Lawrenceville on Thursday and we are taking everything out on them from this game,” he said. “I have never had a better year of lacrosse in my life. Everything about the season has been great.”

Hun School had a strong senior class this year and received amazing production from its core of PG’s, including Kuhn (Johns Hopkins), and attackmen Donovan (Georgetown), Brendan Rooney (Yale) and Chris Aslanian (Hobart). Kuhn, a Moorestown grad who played for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club, said the team jelled perfectly.

“For the PGs, we are all borders and we are constantly hanging with each other; we work out together, we have classes together,” said Kuhn. “The chemistry is unreal. It’s just a graat group of guys that molded so easily.

“The whole group was so accepting. You’d think a lot of people would be angry to have someone take their position, but they all said, ‘No, I want to do it for the team. Let’s just get this thing going.'”

That they did.



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