Haverford School (Pa.) wasted no time starting its season. The Fords jumped out to a 7-0 lead over Boys’ Latin (Md.) in the first quarter on March 7. Haverford School defeated No. 12 Boys’ Latin 15-10 in each team’s season opener. Mac Costin scored six goals to lead Haverford School in scoring.
The Fords schedule is among the toughest in the nation with nine teams ranked in the Top 25 of Inside Lacrosse’s preseason poll. Their next five games are against No. 13 McDonogh (Md.), St. Paul’s (Md.), Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.). And it does not get more comfortable after that. They take on No. 2 Culver Academy (Ind.) and No. 1 Salisbury School (Conn.), No. 20 La Salle College (Pa.) and No. 23 Malvern Prep (Pa.). They could face Malvern Prep twice this year with the Inter-Ac tournament at the end of the season.
“We’ve been playing a pretty tough schedule for a long time,” Head Coach John Nostrant said. “In 2015 we had to play Culver after we won the Inter-Ac championship, which was really hard. It’s always something we’ve like to do at Haverford - play the best teams we can play. This season kind of takes it to another level.”
Haverford School is also taking part in the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase where they play No. 5 Ward Melville (N.Y.) and Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.). When Nostrant was putting together his 2019 schedule, the teams and schedule for GEICO were not set.
“We just found out [their schedule at GEICO] almost when everyone else did,” Nostrant said. “There was some sanctioning that had to be done. We’ve never played Ward Melville. Playing them is the cherry on top of the ice cream. They’re one of the best teams in the country. The GEICO thing is really going to be fun. I think our team is built to play a tough schedule.”
Eagles Clip Purple Eagles
The battle between interstates in Maryland/Washington D.C. kicked off when McDonogh (Md.) traveled to Gonzaga (D.C.) to start each team’s season.
The Eagles of McDonogh defeated the Purple Eagles of Gonzaga 12-11 in overtime to start the year 1-0.
The game was back-and-forth with neither team getting more than a two-goal lead at any time. Gonzaga was down two with less than seven minutes remaining, but a goal from Clay Weiss with 2:45 left pulled Gonzaga within one. Max Whittier scored as time expired in regulation to send the game into overtime.
St. Paul’s (Md.) got two goals each from Troy Barthelme, Tyler Harry, and Logan Santos to defeat Landon (Md.) 11-4. The game was the debut of new Landon head coach Ian Healy.
Calvert Hall (Md.) got four goals from Josh Webber and three goals each from Jack Sawyer and Daniel Kelly in a 19-6 win over Charlotte Country Day (N.C.) at the Brine King of Spring in Durham, N.C.
Thomas Muldoon scored three goals as Georgetown Prep (Md.) defeated Severn (Md.) 13-6. Prep started their year with wins over two MIAA A Conference opponents, Severn and St. Mary’s (Md.). The Hoyas defeated the Saints 10-7 in their opening game of the year.