By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/15/15
Chris Donovan scored two goals and added four assists to lead The Hun School to a 9-5 win over Episcopal Academy tonight in the semifinals of the Inter-Ac Challenge at PPL Park.
Robert Kuhn and Owen Black each registered two goals and an assist for the Raiders (18-0), the second seed in the tournament.
Jonathan Levine recorded 14 saves for The Hun School — No. 2 in the PhillyLacrosse.com Rankings, and No. 3 in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings – which advances to Monday’s championship game to face No. 1 Haverford School at 7 p.m. at PPL Park.
“We’re looking forward to the final,” Raiders head coach M.V. Whitlow. “I like the way we are playing.”
Eric Haab scored twice for the Churchmen (14-7), the third seed in the tournament. Christian Feliziani won 14 of 18 face offs, while goalkeeper Colin Reder recorded eight saves.
“We played great,” Episcopal Academy head coach Andy Hayes said. “I wouldn’t change a thing. We just couldn’t make enough plays.”
Down 7-4 early in the fourth quarter, Episcopal Academy took the early possession. Three of its shots hit the goal cage behind Levine.
The Raiders forced a turnover and got a transition goal from Donovan to take an 8-5 lead.
Hayes described the flurry as pivotal. He lauded the performance of Levine.
“(Levine) played great,” the coach said.
According to Donovan, Levine helps the defense organize.
““Jon really stood on his head,” Donovan said. “He’s the anchor of our defense. We’re lucky to have him.”
Episcopal Academy 3 0 2 0 – 5
The Hun School 3 2 2 2 – 9
Eric Haab 2g
Curtis Zappala 1g
Benjamin Valdes 1g
Christopher Friedman 1g
Colton Johnson 2a
Colin Reder 8 saves
The Hun School
Chris Donovan 2g 4a
Robert Kuhn 2g, 1a
Owen Back 1g, 1a
Brendan Rooney 2g
Christopher Aslanian 1g
Jonathan Levine 14 saves
First quarter: Hun – Robert Kuhn (Chris Aslanian), 9:32. EA – Eric Haab, 8:54. EA – Curtis Zappala (Cole Johnson). Hun – Chris Donovan, 2:07. Hun – Owen Black (Donovan), 1:14. EA – Valdes, :18.
Second quarter: Hun – Brendan Rooney (O. Black), 5:45. Hun: Kuhn (Donovan), 3:14.
Third quarter: Hun – Rooney (Donovan), 8:34. EA – Friedman, 6:10. Hun – Kuhn, 4:16. EA – Haab (Johnson), :46.
Fourth quarter: Hun – Donovan, 10:16. Hun – Aslanian (Donovan), 4:19.
Goalies: Levine (Hun) 14 saves, Reder (EA) 8 saves. Faceoffs: Hun 4, EA 14. Turnovers: Hun 8, EA 8.