Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/11/10
From Staff Reports &
Carl Walrath scored four goals and Grove Stewart added three while Haverford School dominated again at the face-off X as it bolted to a 6-2 lead and coasted past Highland Park (Texas), 11-3, in the championship game of a major invitational involving four boys’ lacrosse powers Sunday at Lawrenceville School, N.J.
The Fords (7-2), the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania, had defeated Ontario’s Hill Academy, 21-14, in the first game of the tourney held Saturday at the New Meadowlands before the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. Highland Park (10-2) had downed Lawrenceville, 12-8.
On Sunday in the title game, Haverford got standout face-off work from its two-headed team of Liam O’Connor and Joe McCallion as well as strong goaltending from Conor Kelly (four saves in three periods) and Colin Heffernan (four saves).
“We played great team defense and got solid play from both our goalies,” said Haverford School coach John Nostrant. “We have some injuries, but guys are stepping up and playing hard.
“Our possessions on offense are helping the defense. We’re taking care of the ball better and scoring some goals. And our face-off men played phenomenal both days.”
Brendan McGrath added two goals for Haverford and Stephen Aitken contributed a goal and three assists. O’Connor had three assists and Matt Walters had a goal and an assist
Senior attackman Cody Crews, senior middie Chase Prospere and senior middie Campbell Powers all scored one goal for Highland Park.
“We didn’t take care of the little things,” said Highland Park coach Derek Thomson. “Against a team like Haverford, they make you pay.”
Haverford School 3 3 4 1 — 11
Highland Park 2 0 0 1 –3
Carl Walrath 4g
Grove Stewart 3g
Brendan McGrath 2g
Stephen Aitken 1g, 3a
Liam O’Connor 3a
Matt Walters 1g, 1a
saves – Conor Kelly 4 , Colin Heffernan 4
goalie Cook 5 saves
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