By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/15/14
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Shane McBride scored three goals and host Haverford School scored the game’s final seven goals today as it defeated Brunswick School (CT), 9-5.
The Fords (2-1), ranked No. 16 by Warrior/TopLaxRecruits, began their rally on a goal by sophomore Dox Aitken (two goals) late in the first half and then reeled off four straight goals in the third period to take a 7-5 lead before adding two more in the final frame.
Sophomore goalie Alex deMarco, the normal starter, came on to relieve senior Elliot Avis (four saves) in the second half and was brilliant with eight stops. Another key for Haverford was a two-goal effort by defenseman Connor Keating, who scored 15 seconds into the second half and later tallied again to put his team ahead, 6-5.
“Coach (John) Nostrant gave a good speech at halftime and it woke us up,” said McBride. “We played really hard and really well. Grant (Ament, 1G, 1A) was feeding well from behind and we got a lot of groundballs and that really helped. Demmie (deMarco) had a huge second half, allowing no goals.”
Haverford School also got a goal and an assist from Drew Supinski and two assists from Brandon Shima. the Fords have bounced back nicely since opening a week ago with a 13-8 loss to McDonogh School (MD), also beating defending MIAA champion Loyola Blakefield (MD), 11-9.
Nostrant praised deMarco and Keating and his team’s ability to get the second-half groundballs.
“We went with Elliot to start,” said Nostrant. “Then deMarco stood on his head and proved it’s about the team. He didn’t sulk and gave us the boost that we needed.
“We’re still trying to figure out who to play. We still have some good guys not getting quality time and hopefully they hang in there.”
Brunswick School senior face-off specialist/midfielder Alex Kelly – headed to Dartmouth – had three goals and senior goalie Tommy Heidt (signed with Michigan) had 10 saves.
“It was a tale of two halves,” said Brunswick coach David Bruce. “We played pretty much flawless lacrosse in the first half and caught them off guard a little.
“But to start the second half we win the face-off and mess up the groundball and their pole (Keating) picked it up and went in and scored. That’s how the third period started and they were fantastic the rest of the game. Just like we won the battle of groundballs in the first half, we lost it in the second.”
The Haverford School 9, Brunswick School 5
Brunswick School 3-2-0-0- 5
Haverford School 1-2-4-2- 9
Shane McBride 3g
Drew Supinski 1g, 1a
Dox Aitken 2g
Connor Keating 2g
Grant Ament 1g, 1a
Brandon Shima 2a
Elliott Avis 5 saves
Alex deMarco 8 saves
Alex Kelly 3g
Marshall Dickson 1g, 1a
Jamie Denout 2a
Reilly Walsh 1g
Tommy Heidt 10 saves