Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/8/10
Inter-Ac League co-champion Haverford School has reached the semifinals of the LaxPower National Online Lacrosse Tournament (NOLT), being featured on LaxPower.
The Fords advanced by defeating friendly rival Georgetown Prep in the quarterfinals of a yearly event that involves a voting process that includes four LaxPower staff members and a computer rating system.
The Haverford School-Georgetown match-up has many ties. Haverford School coach John Nostrant is close friends with Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin; the two played together in college at Washington College and have coached together with the U.S. U-19 National team. They also co-direct the popular “Checking for Cancer” tournament each year at Haverford School.
In another quarterfinal last week, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Conestoga fell to Maryland power St. Paul’s in a close game. Haverford School will face St. Paul’s Monday in the semifinals – the two teams met this year with the host Fords claiming a 13-9 win over St. Paul’s
In the other semifinal, New York squads West Islip and Jamesville-DeWitt will square off. West Islip toppled St. Anthony’s in the quarters and Jamesville-DeWitt defeated Manhasset.
LaxPower’s NOLT features teams from the hotbeds of the sport. Teams were seeded by power rating on an S-curve to create tournament brackets and winners were determined based on votes from a panel of the LaxPower experts and the LaxPower Power Rankings.
The semifinal winners will be unveiled. The finals are Wednesday.
Determining the Winners
Winners are determined based on votes from LaxPower’s panel and by using the LaxPower computer Power Ratings (PR) as the fifth vote. The computer ratings were employed in creating a probability function such that the larger Team A’s PR differential vs. Team B, the greater the odds that they would win when a small group of random numbers was generated. This means that the computer may pick an underdog and that upsets are possible.