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Hill School surges past St. Michael’s College, 19-8, in opening round of @Victory_Events Mid-Atlantic Preps

Friday, 20th May 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Matthew Ryan, Posted 5/20/22

After The Hill School jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening round of the Mid-Atlantic Prep Championship quarterfinal Thursday, there was a slight shift in momentum.

St. Michael’s College, which made the trip down from Canada, scored two unanswered goals, knotting the contest at three.

Michael Kapral

The early response from St. Mike’s caused the Blues’ head coach Dave Page to call a timeout. The first-year head coach gathered his players and told them to relax.

“He was kind of like, ‘Boys, just take a deep breath …We’re fine, they got a couple bounces to go their way, we just got to clean it up a little bit,’” senior attackman Michael Kapral said, recalling Page’s message.

After that, it was an entirely different game.

The Blues scored 10 consecutive goals, spanning from the end of the first quarter to early in the third, helping them to a 19-8 victory and setting up a semi-final date on Saturday at 11 a.m. (time moved up due to heat wave expected) at Academy of the New Church with Kiski Prep, which downed Westtown School, 14-12. The other semifinal matchup will feature ANC facing Hun School at 11 a.m. at Bryn Athyn College.

Heading in, the game plan Thursday for the Hill (11-5) was to play team lacrosse, and the numbers reflect that they were successful in doing so. Nine different players scored, as Kapral and Hayden Fruhling led with three goals apiece.

“We had a game plan of playing like us,” Fruhling said, adding later that “playing like us” means playing unselfishly on the offensive end. “We didn’t worry too much about the scout or the other team. We wanted to do what we do on offense.

“Once again, our defense has been standing tall all year, so we just trust them to do what they had to do. And we played 48 minutes of consistent ball here. We’re able to get some guys in, rest some guys, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Hayden Fruhling

While The Hill School was hosting the event, St. Mike’s had a nearly two-day trek to the venue. The team bus left around 7 a.m. on Wednesday and arrived at Harrisburg at 5 p.m. that night.

It was in Harrisburg where the Blue Gaels (2-6) found out the bus driver was out of hours, meaning he couldn’t take them any further, and after looking for a new driver for two hours, the team decided to call it quits and spend the night there.

They headed over to The Hill School on Thursday, and although they lost, the team garnered some valuable experience, considering they didn’t play much the last two years because of the pandemic, and they are loaded with freshmen and sophomores.

“Our guys are super excited to be here. They’re still super excited to be here,” St. Mike’s head coach Angus Dineley said. “You want to become a good program, and you want to kind of build with your young guys, you have to play teams like that. And it’s nice to see it done the right way. That’s a phenomenal team, a phenomenal staff, so it’s a good experience for us for sure.”

St. Mike’s will face Westtown School Saturday in a consolation game at ANC at 9 a.m.

In the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game, the Blues were able to take out the majority of their starters, which bodes well for them heading into the weekend as temperatures are supposed to reach the mid-90s. Not only was Page able to get his starters some rest, but some of his reserve players were also able to get more experience, which could play a factor in Saturday’s game because of the weather.

“I think on one hand, we hopefully get some guys some experience so they’re ready for opportunities on Saturday and hopefully Sunday,” Page said, “and at the same time also spelling those key guys for us so that they’re not playing necessarily 48 stressful minutes heading into this thing, and hopefully a little bit fresher for Kiski on Saturday.”

Although Kiski is located near Pittsburgh, the Blues are relatively familiar with the team as the two played each other a week ago. The Hill School dominated that matchup, winning 16-6, led by an 18-for-23 face-off performance by Pierce Hart and 13 saves by goalie Andrew Albert. Both Hart and Albert are coming off strong performances against St. Mike’s, as Hart went 14-for-21 at the X, and Albert had eight saves.

A big factor in Saturday’s game could be the weather, and Page’s message from his first-quarter timeout on Thursday — relax and take a deep breath — could be reiterated on Saturday for an entirely different reason.

The Hill School 19, St. Michael’s College 8

The Hill School 5-6-5-3 — 19
St Mike’s 3-0-1-4 — 8

The Hill School:
Michael Kapral — 3g, 1gb
Hayden Fruhling — 3g, 1a
Harry Winter — 2g, 2a
Eli Schaller — 2g, 2a, 1gb
Eric Kolar — 2g, 2a, 2gb
Will Lesko — 2g, 1gb
Noah Macielag — 2g
Pierce Hart — 1g, 4gb
Anthony McMullan — 1g, 1a
Joey Asterino — 1a
Jack O’Brien — 3gb
Mark McKeon — 2gb
Liam Jones — 2gb
Andrew Albert — 8 saves, 1gb
Pierce Hart — 14/21 FO
Austin Lambert — 2/2 FO

St. Mike’s:
Cooper Brozek — 2g
Jacob Keller — 2g
James Paul — 2g
Will O’Connor — 1g
Jack Cuddy — 1g



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