By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/25/15
Chris Donovan scored six goals to lead The Hun School (NJ) to an 18-7 victory over Episcopal Academy in the 15th Annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival on Saturday at Radnor High.
Christopher Aslanian delivered four goals and four assists for the Raiders (10-0), No. 7 in the Epoch North American Rankings.
“I’m very happy with our performance,” Hun coach M.V. Whitlow said.
The Hun School scored eight straight goals to overcome an early deficit and take control of the game and deal No. 16 EA (9-5) its second loss to a Top 10 team in less than 24 hours.
Eric Haab scored twice for the Churchmen. Tyler Will, Christopher Friedman, Jake Martellucci, Dante Moyer and Curtis Zappala also scored.
The Katie Samson Festival features 27 boys’ and girls’ games in one day at Radnor. The event has helped the Katie Samson Foundation distribute $1.6 million to charities benefiting medical research and providing care for people with spinal cord injuries, research (43 percent), patient care (46 percent) and quality of life (11 percent).
“Congratulations to The Hun School,” said Episcopal Academy head coach Andy Hayes, whose team had dropped a heartbreaking 7-6 game Friday to No. 1 Haverford School.
Down 2-1 in the opening minutes, the Raiders reeled off eight straight goals. Donovan’s goal from Robert Kuhn, midway through the first quarter, put them ahead for good. The post-graduate from Morristown, N.J. capped the flurry with 3:15 left in the second quarter.
Goals by Zappala and Haab pulled Episcopal Academy within 9-4 late in the second quarter. However, Semler – a junior midfielder — won a faceoff for The Hun School (NJ) with 9.2 seconds left, took the ball the length of the field and scored as time expired.
“That goal was a big momentum shift,” Donovan said. “You could feel everyone on our team get excited.”
According to Whitlow, the Raiders will expect a more challenging game from Episcopal Academy should the two teams meet in the Inter-Ac Challenge.
“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Episcopal Academy,” Whitlow said. “Their players are talented and well coached.”
Hun School 18, Episcopal Academy 7
Hun 5 5 5 3 – 18
EA 2 2 3 0 – 7
Brendan Rooney 1g
Chris Aslanian 4g, 4a
Chris Donovan 6g, 1a
Owen Black 1g
Robert Kuhn 1g, 2a
Alex Semler 1g
Julian Williams 1a
Patrick Brake 2g
Tucker Stevenson 1g
Griffin Moroney 1g
Andrew Kaye 1a
Eric Haab 2g
Connor Ringwalt 1a
Curtis Zappala 1g 1a
CHris Friedman 1g
Jake Martellucci 1g
Brandon Kopen 1g
Cole Johnson 1a
Drew Silvera 1a
Christian Feliziani 10-19 FO
Griffin Ernst 3-5 FO
Colin Reder 4 saves
Dante Moyer 5 saves