By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/8/14
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Senior Brinton Valis scored five goals and McDonogh School (MD) got key contributions from many sources as the Eagles defeated host Haverford School (PA), 13-8, today in an inter-state opener featuring teams in the top 10 of the Warrior/TopLaxRecruits Rankings.
Valis (Johns Hopkins commit) tallied four straight goals for the No. 9 Eagles to stake his team to a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. The No. 2 Fords never got closer than four goals again.
Junior goalie Jacob Stover (Loyola commit) made nine saves for the Eagles and junior face-off specialist Jordy Elardo (Wagner) won 15 of 23 draws while junior Robby Black (Penn State) scored three goals.
Haverford got two goals from senior defenseman Connor Keating (Penn).
McDonogh, expected to challenge for a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) title, showed good ball movement and solid defense. The Fords, meanwhile, struggled to generate good shots and got hit with a number of penalties.
“I’m very proud of the guys,” said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner. “Like Haverford and everyone on the East Coast, we had a very disjointed preseason with the weather. But we’re never going to use that as an excuse, and neither will they.
“We do have some experience and a lot of guys back. But the two unknowns were in the goal and on faceoffs. Both did a great job.”
Stover made four key saves in the first period to help his team get started.
“Jake Stover was poised in goal and made some great saves and did a great job clearing the ball,” said Hilgartner. “We need to still get better in that area, but it’s early.
“And one thing I love to see is when a player puts in extra time to work. Jordy Elardo was on the field at 6:30 a.m. yesterday working on his faceoffs, trying to get better. When he comes out and plays like he did today, you can’t help but feel awesome for the kid.”
Stover also had praise for Elardo.
“First off, I have to make a shout out for Jordan Elardo,” said Stover. “He played one heck of a game. We had to have someone fill up on the X spot this year.
“Defensively, we talked real well. We didn’t have many penalties to put us a man down. It was a great victory, and my first start so I am happy and hyped for the start of the year now that I see where we are.”
Also for McDonogh, junior Robert Clark (Georgetown) and senior Trey McGee (Denver signee) had a goal and two assists each. Junior Bobby Austin (Loyola) had a goal and an assist.
Junior Drew Supinski (Johns Hopkins) had a goal and an assist for Haverford while sophomore goalie Alex deMarco (Penn) made nine saves in the second half and finished with 10.
“They are well-coached and Valis is one of the best middies in the country,” said Haverford School coach John Nostrant. “Trey McGee created a lot for them.
“We played too much defense in the first half, and every time we tried to make a run we made a bonehead play.”
Nostrant, who is using only three seniors in the regular rotation, said he will need to mesh a large and talented group of juniors and sophomores.
“We’re not a good offensive team right now and we have a lot of work to do,” he said. “It starts with the coaching staff.
“In these games we have to figure out what you can do better; that’s why we play these guys. There is not much time to feel sorry for ourselves since we play at Loyola Blakefield on Wednesday.”
Did he find positives?
“We played hard and we can build on that,” Nostrant said. “We’re pretty athletic and we have some good speed. We don’t shoot well. We did better facing off and settled the ball a little and got some better chances to score.”
McDonogh School 13, Haverford School 8
McDonogh School 4-3-3-3 – 13
Haverford School 1-1-2-4 – 8
Connor Keating 2g, 1a
Brandon Shima 1g
Peter Blynn 1g
Drew Supinski 1g, 1a
Dox Aitken 1g
Shane McBride 1g
Connor Black 1g
goalies Alex DeMarco 10 saves
Grady Hearn 1g
Robby Black 3g
Robert Clark 1g, 2a
Bobby Austin 1g, 1a
Brinton Valis 5g
Trey McGee 1g, 2a
Barrett Sutley 1g
Jordy Elardo 15 of 23 FO
Jacob Stover 9 saves