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With a perfect record and wins over some of the best teams in the country, Haverford has staked a strong claim to the No. 1 spot. (John Strohsacker)
With a perfect record and wins over some of the best teams in the country, Haverford has staked a strong claim to the No. 1 spot. (John Strohsacker)

Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Report: Haverford Finishes Unblemished

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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It was quite a season for No. 1 Haverford School (Pa.).

The Fords capped the year with a 13-9 win over Culver Academy (Ind.) to finish 26-0 and stake a strong claim to the Nike/LM National High School Boys' National Championship when all is said and done.

As has been the case all season, the Fords received a team effort once again with nine different players scoring at least one goal in the victory. Drew Supinski led the team with three goals while Grant Ament, Forry Smith, Dox Aitken and Phil Poquie each scored two goals.

It was not easy, though, as Haverford had to come back from a 7-3 deficit. The Fords used a 7-1 goal differential in the third and fourth quarters to take the lead and finish the season as the almost unanimous No. 1 team in every national ranking.

Haverford's perfect season comes in the same season in which head coach John Nostrant won his 400th career game with a 14-9 decision over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) on March 24.

The Fords' 26 consecutive wins is the second longest active streak in the nation this year, trailing only No. 2 Massapequa, which was riding a 33-game streak into last week. There are 22 seniors in the Fords' lineup this season.

"This team is probably deeper than the 2011 team [the last time the Fords finished No. 1]," Nostrant told US Lacrosse in a previous interview. "I think these guys get along very well."

Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10

1. Haverford School (Pa.), 26-0
2. Landon (Md.), 20-2
3. Gonzaga (D.C.), 18-3
4. St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.), 12-6
5. McDonogh (Md.), 14-5
6. Delbarton (N.J.), 20-1
7. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 13-4
8. Boys' Latin (Md.), 15-5
9. St. Paul's (Md.), 13-6
10. Bullis (Md.), 14-5

Who's Hot?

Delbarton (N.J.) played four games in six days and went 4-0, which included an 11-6 win over St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) in the NJSIAA Non-Public A Tournament on May 23. The defending Non-Public A champions move into the final against Bergen Catholic (N.J.) on Wednesday. Connor Kirst scored three goals in the win for Delbarton.

Who's Not?

Everyone in the Top 10 except Delbarton and Haverford (Pa.) had finished their seasons the previous week, and those two teams went 6-0 for the week.

Boys' Games to Watch

Delbarton (N.J.) vs. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), May 27

This game is a rematch of last year's NJSIAA Non-Public A Tournament finals, a game that Delbarton won 6-5. The winner moves into the Tournament of Champions. The loser goes home for the season.

Salesianum (Del.) vs. Tower Hill (Del.), May 27

Salesianum looks to recapture its grip on the DIAA championship trophy as they make their ninth consecutive appearance in the semifinals on Wednesday. The Sals won four consecutive titles from 2011 to 2013 before falling to Cape Henlopen (Del.) last season in the championship game. The last time Salesianum was not in the state title game was 2006. Tower Hill is looking for its first title game appearance since 2011 and its first championship trophy since 2010 when it defeated Salesianum 5-4 in double overtime.

Mid-Atlantic Boys' Player of the Week

Cody Ford, Howard (Md.)

The senior scored four goals, including three in the first half to give Howard its first state championship with a 14-6 victory over Winston Churchill (Md.) in the Class 4A/3A title game.

Also notable: Drew Supinski (Haverford School, Pa.), Connor Kirst (Delbarton, N.J.), Andrew Petit (Tower Hill, Del.)

Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10

Mid-Atlantic Girls' Player of the Week

Lila Barker, Agnes Irwin (Pa.)

Barker had the game of her life in a 14-4 victory over Episcopal Academy (Pa.) in the Pennsylvania Independent championship game. She had a season-high eight points on five goals and three assists to help the Owls to their best season in school history. During the playoff run, she scored nine goals and had six assists. Barker finished the year with 56 goals and 26 assists.

Also notable: Kristen Knaff (Great Valley, Pa.), Mia Tornetta (Great Valley, Pa.), Hannah Cermack (Ridgewood, N.J.); Cassie Ford (Oak Knoll, N.J.), Sarah Tappan (Cape Henlopen, Del.)

1. McDonogh (Md.), 21-0
2. Good Counsel (Md.), 19-2
3. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 20-3
4. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 28-1
5. Ridgewood (N.J.), 21-0
6. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 23-1
7. Holy Cross (Md.), 16-4
8. Moorestown (N.J.), 18-3
9. Radnor (Pa.), 20-2
10. Great Valley (Pa.), 20-3

Who's Hot?

Great Valley (Pa.) avenged two of its losses from this season in the span of two days. The Patriots defeated Conestoga (Pa.) 12-11 on May 19 then followed up with a 7-4 win over Harriton (Pa.) on May 21. The victories gave the Patriots their first District 1 title since 2005.

Who's Not?

Conestoga (Pa.) ended a 20-game winning streak in abrupt fashion -- in a 12-11 loss to Great Valley in the District 1 semifinals on May 19. That loss was followed by another 11-10 loss to Radnor (Pa.) on May 21. The Pioneers take a two-game losing streak against a 20-0 Southern Lehigh squad in the first round of the PIAA state tournament on Wednesday.

Girls' Games to Watch

Conestoga (Pa.) vs. Southern Lehigh (Pa.), May 27 at Nazareth High School

The start of the PIAA girls' tournament kicks off Wednesday, and this could be one of the more intriguing games of the first round. The Pioneers come into the game on a two-game losing streak after winning 20 consecutive games. Southern Lehigh is 20-0 and has not allowed more than nine goals in a game since March 30.

Cape Henlopen (Del.) vs. Polytech (Del.), May 26

Cape Henlopen aims to win its seventh straight DIAA title. The Vikings are undefeated in-state since 2009, a streak that spans 85 victories. Henlopen has won every title since 2010. No. 2 seed Polytech appears in its first state championship game after defeating St. Mark's (Del.) 21-7 in the semifinals.

QUICK SLANTS

Boys' Mid-Atlantic Notebook

Howard (Md.) capped off an undefeated season with a 14-6 win over Winston Churchill (Md.) in the Class 4A/3A state championship on Wednesday.

The title is a program first for Howard (19-0) and caps a stellar two-year run for a group of 15 seniors.

The Lions jumped out to an 8-1 lead, with senior Cody Ford leading the way with a hat trick in the first half. Seniors Scott Bruner and Nolan Dunnigan each scored three goals in the victory.

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Winston Churchill (Md.) senior Louis Dubick finished his high school career in the state championship game against Howard and capped his career with one final goal. The Maryland commit is the all-time leader in Maryland high school lacrosse history in points, goals and assists. Dubick amassed 498 career points with 254 assists and 244 goals. His career point total also puts him in the Top 20 all-time in the nation.

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Bergen Catholic (N.J.) led 7-2 at the end of the first quarter and 12-6 at halftime, then held on in the second half to come away with a 16-13 win over Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) in the Non-Public A Tournament semifinals on Saturday.

Four players totaled five points for the Crusaders: Matthew Haemmerle (five goals), Brendan Mackie (four goals, one assist), Jeremy Magno (three goals, two assists) and Michael Reilly (two goals, three assists).

The win sets up a championship game with Delbarton on Wednesday.

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Andrew Petit dished out four assists and scored one goal in the second half of Tower Hill's 9-8 overtime victory over Appoquinimink (Del.) in the DIAA quarterfinals on Saturday. Doug McCoy scored the game-winning goal 27 seconds into overtime to help the Hillers advance to the semifinals, where they take on top-seeded Salesianum (Del.).

Salesianum is making its ninth straight appearance in the DIAA semifinals after a 15-4 victory over Delaware Military Academy.

In the other half of the bracket, No. 2 seed Cape Henlopen (Del.) takes on No. 3 seed Caesar Rodney (Del.). All games will be played Wednesday.

Mid-Atlantic Girls' Notebook

Agnes Irwin (Pa.) captured its first Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) championship with a 14-4 victory over Inter-Ac rival Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on May 21.

The Owls jumped out to an 8-2 lead by halftime and never looked back.

Hannah Keating tallied nine points, and Lila Barker totaled a season-high eight points on five goals and three assists to lead the Owls to the title. Keating had 14 goals and one assist in the playoffs and finished the year with 104 goals and 13 assists.

It was quite a run for Agnes Irwin and head coach Jenny Duckenfield as the Owls posted the most wins in school history (23) and won its first outright Inter-Ac title since 1994.

"I think because we're young, we're constantly reminding ourselves about the next game and our goals," Duckenfield said. "I think we've achieved that. We had some signature wins with Moorestown (N.J.) and Vero Beach (Fla.). The girls came up with the slogan 'Pedal to the Metal' to remind themselves that they had to keep the intensity. Their hard work, sweat and tears really paid off for them this year."

Duckenfield is in her third season at Agnes Irwin and took over a program that was 2-18 the year before she arrived. In her three seasons, Duckenfield is 58-12, including a 45-3 record the past two years.

The future looks even brighter, as the defense was made up of freshman and sophomores and Agnes Irwin returns all its starters next season. That includes 11 players already committed to Division I programs.

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Top-seeded Ridgewood (N.J.) defeated Montclair (N.J.) 13-5 in the North Jersey, Group 4 tournament semifinals on May 21.

Hannah Cermack led the team with four goals and two assists in the victory.

The win sets up the first meeting of the season between Ridgewood and No. 3 seed Bridgewater-Raritan, which combine for a 40-2 record this season. The final is set for May 27.

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Oak Knoll (N.J.) junior Cassie Ford scored eight goals and had one assist in a 20-10 victory over Glen Ridge (N.J.) in the North Jersey, Group 1 tournament on May 21. The win moves the top-seeded Royals into the championship game against No. 2 seed Mountain Lakes (N.J.) on May 27. These teams met on April 7, with Oak Knoll coming out on top 21-7.

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Mia Tornetta, from Great Valley (Pa.), came up big in one of the Patriots' biggest games in a decade, making eight saves to preserve a 7-4 win over Harriton (Pa.) in the District 1 Class AA championship game.

Tornetta's defensive performance gave Great Valley its first District 1 championship since 2005. She made five saves in the 12-11 semifinal win over Conestoga (Pa.) on May 19.

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Moorestown (N.J.) may be the quietest nationally-ranked team in the nation at the moment. The Quakers are still in the Mid-Atlantic Top 10, but after losses to Ridgewood, Agnes Irwin and Suffern (N.Y.) this season, the Quakers have fallen from their usual Top 5 ranking.

But don't count them out this season, just yet. Since losing back-to-back games to Irwin and Suffern, Moorestown has allowed just six goals in three games, including a 19-2 win over Wall Township in the South Jersey, Group 3 tournament. The top-seeded Quakers face No. 2 seed Notre Dame on May 27 for the right to enter the Tournament of Champions.

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Cape Henlopen (Del.) earned a trip to its seventh consecutive DIAA girls' lacrosse state championship game with a 17-8 win over Tower Hill (Del.) in the semifinals on May 21.

The Vikings got six goals from senior Sarah Tappan, including five in the first half. Seniors Tappan Jordan Brown and Alexa Woodruff combined to score eight of the team's 11 goals for an 11-1 lead at halftime.

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