By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/16/13
BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. – Host St. Paul’s School (MD) has stamped itself as about the most improved team anywhere.
The host Crusaders improved to 3-0 today by downing Mid-Atlantic rival Haverford School (PA), 11-8.
Junior attackman Mikey Wynne led the Crusaders with four goals as St. Paul’s pulled away in the fourth quarter and held off a late challenge. Last year the perennial MIAA power Crusaders were just 3-15, but they already boasts a win over Canadian power Hill Academy.
Haverford School, also a perennial national power, was making its season opener. The Fords are very young this year as they look to win a fifth straight Inter-Ac League title.
Haverford ended the third quarter with a score by Reilly Hupfeldt to tie the game at 6-6. Then Wynne and fellow junior attackman Henry Riehl dished in three goals to give St. Paul’s the three-goal edge with 6:43 left to play in the contest.
“Shots were just falling, we were just putting it (the ball) on guys sticks, (Henry) Riehl had a good shot, Carter (Flaig) was getting it to me and it was just easy finishes and great looks.” said Wynne.
Senior Timmy Brooks (three goals) would try to bring Haverford within one goal late in the period with back-to-back scores. But Wynne countered with two more goals.
“We made too many mistakes in between the midfield line and the clearing game,” said Haverford head coach John Nostrant, Three or four of our mistakes turned into goals for St. Paul’s.”
The Crusaders outshot the Fords in the fourth quarter 15-to-7.
St. Paul’s enters the season with 19 juniors. Head coach Rick Brocato has a deep team and he stresses the “Next Man Up” term. “We have some depth so we play with that depth and use that to our advantage,” he said.
“For the first three quarters I didn’t feel that we were that sharp we weren’t playing as fast as we have been playing so It helps when you have that kind of depth and get some breaks here or their and push the ball vertical and I think that helped and their first midfield group got tired there.”
The matchup between Haverford and St. Paul’s is an annual affair that pits former Washington College teammates and best friends.
“Coach Nostrant and I were teammates and are great friends,” Brocato said. “I respect John so much; I love him like a brother.
“I get emotional when I talk about it. As long as I’m the head coach here and he’s the head coach there we will keep this going. It’s a great traditional rivalry with two storied programs.”
St. Paul’s win over Haverford along with the win over Hill Academy should give the Crusaders a spot in the national polls. The Crusaders will host another tough opponent in Georgetown Prep on Tuesday.
Haverford will look to bounce back against another MIAA powerhouse in Gilman on Tuesday.
St. Paul’s 11, Haverford School 8
Scoring: Timmy Brooks 3, Gavin McBride 2, Reill Hupfeldt, Peter Blynn, Jeff Odiorne
Assists: Blynn 2, McBride,
Saves: Jake Landman 10
Scoring: Mikey Wynne 4, BJ Mathiess 2, Henry Riehl 2, Carter Flaig 2, Greg Louzan,
Assists: Wynne 2, Flaig , Mathiess, Alex McGovern, Louzan
Saves: Hunter Pearly, AJ Barretto 12