A few minutes into last Tuesday's Inter-Ac lacrosse contest at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the visiting Malvern Prep Friars held a modest 3-1 lead over the host Blue Devils. SCH would not score …
A few minutes into last Tuesday's Inter-Ac lacrosse contest at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the visiting Malvern Prep Friars held a modest 3-1 lead over the host Blue Devils. SCH would not score for the rest of the opening quarter, though, while the visitors notched five more goals before the end of the period for an 8-1 advantage.
Malvern, which had risen to 12th in the country in the US Lacrosse poll released earlier in the day, went on to win, 19-5. There are 13 Division I college recruits just among the senior class for the Friars, who raised their record to 5-0 in the Inter-Ac (9-1 overall) with the win in Chestnut Hill.
The Blue Devils slipped to 0-4 in the league; their first meeting with Penn Charter was postponed due to a quarantine of the PC team. Springside Chestnut Hill has done better in nonleague contests, with a record of 4-1 that includes victories over a pair of Friends Schools League opponents.
The visitors from Malvern quickly went up 3-0 in last Tuesday's Inter-Ac clash, then senior Conor Kilfeather got SCH on the board with 9:04 remaining in the first quarter. Three more markers by the Friars caused the Blue Devils to call a time out with 7:30 on the clock, but the Chester County club found the net two more times for an 8-1 tally at the end of the period.
Over the first four minutes of the second round, a pair of Springside Chestnut Hill goals were sandwiched around one by the visitors. Some nice short passes around the Friars' cage led to a score by sophomore Brendan Dundas just over two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter. When Malvern scored its ninth goal soon after that, freshman Alec Tulio responded for the home team.
In the middle of the period, the Friars were on offense for several minutes. After two shots hit the posts of the Blue Devils' goal, a third went in with 4:36 to go in the first half. Again, SCH was quick to answer, as sophomore Will Freeman found the net 40 seconds later.
The visitors added two more points before halftime to make it 12-4 at the break.
The offensive pace slowed somewhat in the second half, with Malvern scoring three times in the third quarter and four times in the fourth before SCH senior Will Neverosky fired the final goal of the day with 1:09 remaining in the game.
Senior goalie Tyler Guzik piled up 22 saves on a busy afternoon. Senior Eric Spanos recorded a game-high five goals for the winners.