Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/30/20
Five graduates of the Haverford School have been named captains at Division 1 Lacrosse programs: Grant Ament (Penn State), Dox Aitken (Virginia), Forry Smith (Johns Hopkins), Jake Hervada (Delaware) and Chris Hervada (Monmouth).
Ament is coming off one of the best seasons by any player in Nittany Lions history, culminating with him becoming the first Penn State player to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award. He was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Attackman, a First Team All-American, and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. The awards were racked up after Ament set an NCAA record with 96 assists and a Big Ten record with 129 points. He also set an NCAA Tournament record with 25 points on seven goals and 18 assists in three games
Aitken was named a first-team All-American (midfield) for the second year in a row after helping UVA to the 2019 NCAA title. He earned All-NCAA Tournament honors after scoring eight goals and dishing out two assists in four NCAA Tournament games, including three goals and one assist in a double-overtime win in the semifinals against Duke. Aitken also earned All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament honors.
Smith returns as a captain after also being selected as a junior last season. He is the just the 15th Johns Hopkins player since 1950 to serve as a captain more than once.
He started all 16 games on the Blue Jays’ first midfield last season and scored a career-high 21 goals and added five assists for a personal-best 26 points. He led the team with a .457 shooting percentage and added four extra-man goals on the year as well. In 44 career games played, he counts 37 goals and 13 assists to his credit.
Jake Hervada a two time captain got off to a red-hot start to 2019, winning 27 out of 39 faceoffs for a blazing .692 faceoff percentage, but a broken wrist ended his senior season after just two games.
With a medical redshirt, the Bryn Mawr product is now ready to close out his collegiate career as a fifth-year graduate student and a captain. Hervada ranks 10th all-time in program history with 274 faceoff wins.
Chris Hervada, a junior, has started every game on defense for Monmouth during his first two seasons and was an All-MAAC First Team choice last spring and team MVP. He has amassed 78 ground balls, good for seventh in team history, and is also seventh with 32 caused turnovers. As a freshman he garnered All-MAAC Rookie and 2nd Team All-MAAC honors.
All five of these players were on the 2015 Haverford School undefeated National Champion Team, and played club for Mesa (Ament and Smith also played for Duke’s LC; Smith was a Dukes captain).
Gilman Head Coach John Nostrant, who coached all five in high school and on the club circuit said, “There are a lot of wonderful things that the guys have achieved individually and on their teams. To be elected a captain or selected a captain shows the respect they have earned from their teammates and coaches. My staff checked all the boxes in developing high character, very talented players. To see these guys leading their teams is no surprise.”