By Chris Goldberg
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/16/12
HAVERFORD, Pa. – It was not the ideal opener for a young team still searching for its identity.
McDonogh School got a rough start today as it traveled to meet last year’s national champion, Haverford School.
The host Fords, who had already whipped MIAA foe St. Paul’s, 15-6, defeated the Eagles, 10-2.
Haverford School – which went 23-0 last year and is ranked No. 2 and No. 5 in two national polls – controlled the midfield and the face-off X and limited McDonogh’s offense when it did have chances.
Reilly Hupfeldt led the Fords with three goals and Henry Blynn (two goals, one assist), Zach Rego (one goal, three assists), Will McNamara (one goal, two assists), Gavin McBride (one goal, two assists) pitched in. Will Gural scored once and took 11 of 15 face-offs as Haverford dominated possessions.
Austin Frederick led the Eagles with a goal and an assist and Trey McGee scored once. Nick Doyle was solid in goal with nine saves.
“We got outclassed today,” said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner. “Up and down, from their goalie all the way to their attack, they have really good players. I knew how skilled they were offensively, but their defense played excellent and their long pole was really good.
“The way they dominated us between the lines was the biggest reason they won. They dominated the groundballs and we gave them a ton of second chances. Defensively, we didn’t play badly, we just played too much defense.”
McDonogh has little time to feel down as it embarks on a North Carolina spring trip to face Benjamin School (Fla.) on Monday morning and Durham Academy (Ga.) Tuesday afternoon.
“I think have to work on the middle of the field – getting groundballs,” said Frederick, a junior midfielder who has committed to Villanova. “We’re a young team and we’re just getting our chemistry.”
Hilgartner said playing a top team like Haverford can only help prepare his team for the rigors of the MIAA.
“It was a frustrating day for us, but this is why we come up here,” he said. “We want to play the best teams in the country and we want to get better and get ready for the conference schedule.
“I think we’re solid defensively; we have to be better in team defense. I liked the way Nick Doyle played for the amount of shots he saw.
“We have a pretty solid attack, too, but where we are hurting and where guys need to step up is in the midfield. We don’t have a lot of depth and we’re playing inexperienced guys. Only one midfielder had any playing time last year.
“We have time and a good out of conference schedule sink our teeth into.”
Haverford School 10, McDonogh (MD) 2
Haverford 3-1-3-3– 10
McDonogh 1-1-0-0- — 2
Haverford School scoring:
Reilly Hupfeldt 3g
Gavin McBride 1g, 2a
Henry Blynn 2g, 1a
Will McNamara 1g, 2a
Sam Rohr 1g
Zach Rego 1g, 3a
Will Gural 1g, won 11 of 15 FO
Saves: Jake Landman 5, Tyler Miller 2, Elliot Avis 3
Trey McGee 1g
Austin Frederick 1g, 1a
Justin Wittfelt 1a
Saves Nick Doyle 9
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