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Thursday’s boys’ high school roundup: Malvern Prep beats stall, EA, 6-3; Penncrest trips L. Merion, 7-6, in OT

Thursday, 28th April 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 4/28/11

Mike Dougherty scored two goals and sophomore goalie Matt Barrett made several key saves in the fourth period as host Malvern Prep defeated Episcopal Academy, 6-3, today in Inter-Ac League boys’ lacrosse.

Malvern Prep goalie Matt Barrett makes one of several key saves in the second half of Thursday's Inter-Ac League win over Episcopal Academy (Photo by Doug Dreyer)

The Friars improved to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the league with the win. EA fell to 4-8 and 0-5.

TJ Hanzsche and Keith Dreyer each had a goal and an assist while Russ Atkinson and Vince Travaglini each scored once for Malvern Prep.

After the teams were tied, 2-2, in the first period, EA coach Andy Hayes inverted his midfielders on offense behind the goal and had them play catch while the MP defense zoned up out in front of the goal.

This tactic allowed EA to eat up almost 10 minutes of the second quarter with one possession. As patient as EA was, Malvern’s defense was equally patient playing a game of cat and mouse. The half ended 2-2.

“We made some adjustments at half and our defense came out on them forcing them out of their stall,” said Malvern Coach David Metzbower.

EA did score first in the third period at 9:57 as Tyler Odell (two goals) converted on a feed from Sam Lawlor. Hayes again inverted his offense and tried to milk the lead but MP’s defense played a lot more aggressively and Dougherty scored after an EA turnover on a feed from Graeme Weaver to tie the game.

With 50 seconds left in the third quarter Malvern’s Russ Atkinson dodged right down the alley and came back left handed and put Malvern up to stay, 4-3.

The fourth quarter saw four great saves by Barrett while Malvern’s Vince Travaglini scored unassisted at 10:31 and Mike Dougherty scored from Dreyer at 2:31 to seal the victory.

Penncrest 7, Lower Merion 6, 2 OT

Sean Mingey scored the game-winner in the second overtime frame as the visiting Lions won their second straight 7-6 game in Central League play.

Penncrest, coming off an emotional victory over previously-undefeated Ridley, got two goals and an assist from Andrew Caldwell. Mingey added an assist and Will Manganiello scored twice

Chris Daly led the Aces with a pair of goals and one assist while Eli Newschaffer made 15 saves.

Conestoga 16, Marple Newtown 2

Connor Frisina scored three goals as the Pioneers improved to 7-0 in the Central League and 12-0 overall by dumping the Tigers and setting the stage for Saturday’s showdown with No. 1 Haverford School at the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival at Radnor High.

Pennsbury 9, Wissahickon 3

Andrew Probst scored four goals and Calvin Hopkins added two goals and four assists while Drew Sweetland made 13 saves to pace the Falcons to the non-league win.

Brooks Melvin led the Trojans with two goals.

Shipley 10, Moorestown Friends (NJ) 4

Julius Mouser scored four goals and Mike Litner added two goals and two assists while Mattock Callahan mad two goals and an assist for the Gators (9-2, 3-0) in the Friends’ Schools League win.

The Shipley defense got a strong effort from Gore Kamara, Evan Romano, Eric Loreaux, Mike Gagnier, Will Todd, Jamie Piltch, Luke Massengill and Maz Obuz while Ian McGibbonmade six saves.

Northeast 9, Mastery Charter 3

Matt Ragan scored three goals to pace Northeast to the Public League win.

Avon Grove 15, Kennett 1

Trevor Hornby and Eric Waibel each had four goals and an assist and Damian Sobieski added two goals and three assists to lead the undefeated Devils to an easy Ches-Mont League win.

Garnet Valley 8, Springfield-Delco 3

The Jaguars remained undefeated in the Central League as Jules Raucci and Steve Smyrl each had two goals and one assist and Robert Raucci and Adam Rudman each had two goals.

Joe Venit led the Cougars with two goals and one assist.

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