By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/20/16
It took two power outages to finally slow down the Haverford School offense Friday night.
The Fords erupted for 16 goals in the first half and three minutes of the third period and rolled to a 16-10 win over rival Malvern Prep in the Inter-Ac Challenge semifinals at Villanova University.
The win pushes the second-seeded Fords (20-4) into the finals Sunday against top-seeded Culver Academy (IN) at Villanova at 5 p.m. Culver defeated the Fords, 9-8, in overtime back on March 20.
The win also gave the Inter-Ac League champion Fords a clean three-game sweep of the Friars (18-5).
Haverford used an 11-3 run to help them earn a 13-6 halftime lead. The Fords then came out strong in the second half by scoring three goals in the first 2 minutes to make it 16-6. The game was 16-7 when the Villanova lights went out with 11 minutes to play. The lights were restored in 15 minutes, but with 6:25 to play they went out again.
Forry Smith had two goals and two assists and while Dox Aitken, Tommy McNamara, Keyveat Postell, Alec Haas and Peter O’Grady each scored twice for the Fords, who had 10 players score at least once in the first half alone. Alex deMarco made 10 saves and Parker Henderer added five stops.
“We were were looking forward to this game all,” said Postell, who is headed to Penn. “It is really hard to beat a team three times and after they scored those first two goals were were a little shell-shocked. But we were ready to go and it made us more pumped to keep playing.”
Postell said his team was mentally prepared for the speed of the game.
“Coach (John) Nostrant said it doesn’t matter about the X’s and O’s,” he said. “It’s a matter of who plays harder; who will get the 50-50 ground balls, who makes that shot, who takes the extra step and turns the corner.It’s always a matter of heart and effort.”
Mike Fay and Kyle Anderson led the Friars with two goals each.
“I wish we were a little more prepared for the fast and furious pace they played,” said Malvern Prep coach John McEvoy. “They killed us in transition; and with their dodging in transition. That first half killed us. They went on that run and we always tell them about stopping runs – and it was hard to stop that run.
“At end of the day it was a matter of needing to get a loose ball and to play smart and we didn’t do that, obviously, consistently enough. It was probably a lot more about what they did.” balls.
Now Haverford School get the chance to avenge the early-season loss to Culver.
“We didn’t want to play anybody but Culver,” said Postell. “The last game was close and they are a good team.
“We are on a winning streak (10 games) and we’d like to finish out our season with a win against Culver.”
Haverford 16, Malvern Prep 10
Haverford School 5-8-3-0- 16
Malvern Prep 4-2-1-3 – 10
Dox Aitken 2g
Tommy McNamara 2g
Keyveat Postell 2g
Johnny Nostrant 1g, 1a
Ryan Jacob 1g
Jack Marshall 1g
Forry Smith 2g, 2a
Peter Garno 1g
Peter O’Grady 2g
Alec Haas 2g
Alex deMarco 10 saves
Parker Henderer 5 saves
Scott White 1g
Kyle Anderson 2g
AJ Traynor 1g
Jack Traynor 1g
Adam Goldner 1g, 1a
Addison Mueller 1g
Billy Coyle 1g
Mike Fay 2g
Quinn McCahon 1a
Andrew Clark 10 saves