By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/15/15
Jake Hervada won 15 of 21 face-offs to earn the game’s MVP honor and Dox Aitken scored four goals to lead Haverford School to a 13-8 win over Malvern Prep on Friday in the semifinal round of the Inter-Ac Challenge tonight at PPL Park.
The win sets up a classic battle for the championship as the Fords (24-0), the top seed and No. 1 team in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings, face 18-0 and No. 3 Hun School (N.J.) at 7 p.m. Monday at PPL Park.
The Raiders remained undefeated with a 9-5 victory over Episcopal Academy earlier Friday.
Forry Smith also finished with four goals for the Fords while Phil Poquie contributed two goals and Grant Ament added one goal and four assists.
Zach White and Adam Goldner each scored twice for the Friars (13-10), the fourth seed.
“It will be a huge challenge,” said Aitken, on the matchup with Hun School. “Both teams are really good. I can’t wait until Monday.”
According to junior goalkeeper Alex DeMarco (11 saves), the Fords have continued to improve despite serving as the main target for everyone on their schedule.
“It’s a mindset,””said deMarco. “Being undefeated is a blessing, but it can be bad. Every team that plays us treats the game like their Super Bowl.”
Haverford School dominated the first quarter, building a 5-0 lead.
“We had a rough first quarter,” Malvern Prep coach John McEvoy said. “Coming back from that against Haverford School’s is not easy.
“You’ve got to play really well because they are a great team that can score in bunches.”
The Friars pulled within 9-6 early in the fourth quarter. But the Fords reeled off three straight goals to pull away.
“Even when we started to play well, Haverford School rode us hard and beat us to the ground ball,” said McEvoy. “To me, that was the story of the game.”
Malvern Prep 0 2 3 3 — 8
Haverford School 5 1 3 4 — 13
Zach White 2g, 1a
Adam Goldner 2g
Billy Coyle 2g
Quinn McCahon 1g
Drew Schantz 1g
Mike Fay 1a
Jordan Donaghy 1a
James Rodgers 11 saves
Forry Smith 4g
Dox Aitken 4g
Grant Ament 2g, 4a
Phill Poquie 2g
Keyveat Postell 1g, 1a
Drew Supinski 2a
Jake Hervada 15 of 21 FO
Alex deMarco 11 saves