By Matt Chandik
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/12/17
There were signs that it was coming, most notably a pair of goals from The Haverford School that had cut Episcopal Academy’s lead in half, but everything had been going the Churchmen’s way.
Jake Martellucci, EA’s best offensive player, had already helped himself to a hat trick. Lefty midfielder Gabe Furey couldn’t be slowed down by the Fords’ defense, backup faceoff midfielder Jack Henderson had scored his first career goal and goalie Jake Floyd-Jones had slowed down Haverford’s explosive offense.
Then everything changed in a matter of 18.6 seconds.
Scott Deck scored a goal for the Fords, then Joel Trucksess won the ensuing faceoff to set up Luke O’Grady’s third goal of the game. The teams went into the half tied and the Churchmen eventually took a lead into the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done en route to Haverford School’s 14-11 Inter-Ac League win Wednesday.
“That was huge,” Haverford attackman Adam Salvaggio said. “We just wanted to get one, then Scott had a huge goal and Luke hit that shot and the momentum turned. That was really big.”
“Momentum-wise, it was huge,” added midfielder Conner Mosebrook added. “We know once we score a goal, we can win the faceoff with Joel, so having that momentum go with the goal scoring and offense was tremendous for us.”
The Churchmen (4-2, 1-1 Inter-Ac) didn’t go quietly. Connor Ringwalt scored twice and Will Haab also tallied in the third quarter to give EA a 9-8 edge, but that’s when the depth between the two teams took center stage. That, coupled with the fact with Trucksess winning five of the first seven faceoffs in the final frame and goalie Parker Henderer stopping three shots, enabled the Fords (6-2, 2-0) to go on one of their trademark runs that featured goals from six different players.
“There’s a lot of talent on this team,” said Salvaggio. “So you kind of have to step up and do what you need to do so you can get your time, but it’s also awesome because kids around you can step up if you’re not having a great day.”
That much was obvious against EA. TJ Malone, who had a breakout week with 17 points in three games last week, suffered an injury that limited him to a half of work. The Fords’ offense didn’t slow down, though, as they put together their fifth straight game of 11 or more goals and their sixth consecutive win.
“They started attacking our (short-stick midfielders) and we got caught a couple times without our core three or four defensive midfielders,” said EA standout LSM/defenseman Conner Delaney. “We ask a lot of our short sticks and we have to help them out more, and that’s just paying more attention to detail, sliding hard and recovering hard.
“I know that (the Fords) have who they have, but we’ve just got to win our individual matchups. It’s not so much we’ve got to get to this kid, we’ve got to get the pole to this midfielder, we’ve just got to win our individual matchups. If we get beat, we have to slide and recover quickly.”
On the bright side for the Churchmen, they absolutely looked liked they belonged with Haverford under first-year coach Chris Bates. Martellucci was brilliant with four goals and an assist, Furey tacked on a goal and an assist and Henderson later added a second goal off the faceoff.
The sophomore showed his promise by winning seven of 19 faceoffs against Trucksess, who’s has been one of the area’s best faceoff man this year. EA doesn’t quite have the depth that Haverford School or fellow Inter-Ac contender Malvern Prep do, but the Churchmen are good enough to give them a scare and maybe even pick one of them off in the three remaining games against the Fords and Friars.
“I think we’ve got to realize that we lost and we were right there,” said Delaney. “We’ve got to watch the film and get better. It’s a long season and we play them twice. They’re going to make adjustments and we’re going to make adjustments.”
Haverford School (6-2) 2 4 2 6 — 14
Scott Deck 4g, 2a
Luke O’Grady 3g
Adam Salvaggio 1g, 2a
Gavin Burke 1g, 1a
Conner Mosebrook 1g, 1a
Connor Devine 1g, 1a
Peter Garno 1g
Ryan Jacob 1g
Chris Hervada 1g
TJ Malone 1a
Mac Costin 1a
Parker Henderer 10 saves
Episcopal Academy (4-2) 4 2 3 2 — 11
Jake Martellucci 4g, 1a
Jack Henderson 2g
Connor Ringwalt 2g
Gabe Furey 1g, 1a
Jason Miller 1g
Will Haab 1g
Cole Johnson 1a
Nate Emrick 1a
Jake Floyd-Jones 9 saves