There was nothing surprising about Malvern Prep and Haverford School meeting for the Inter-Ac League lacrosse title. Both have been nationally ranked throughout the year by several services, and the rivals have played bitterly close games of late.
But Malvern Prep bucked the trend and provided a mild surprise Friday by rolling to the championship. The host Friars downed Haverford School, 14-9.
Malvern Prep, which improved to 21-0, led by 14-9 at halftime.
Kyle Anderson's scored three goals, and Tripp Traynor, AJ Traynor, Kevin McGeary, and Adam Goldner added two apiece. Dox Aitken led Haverford with three goals.
Malvern Prep defeated the Fords, 8-7, in overtime earlier in the season. Haverford School took the previous meeting, 13-11, in the final of last year's Inter-Ac Invitational.
That tournament will begin Monday. Malvern and Haverford School are the top two seeds, and no one will be surprised if it comes down to them again.
Episcopal Academy 7, Penn Charter 3: Dutch Buckley and Curt Zappala each scored twice to pace the hosts.
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Wissahickon 9, Upper Moreland 4: Brooks Melvin found the back of the net three times, and Nate DeGroat and Tyler Zapach each scored twice to power the visitors.
George Washington 4, Mastery Charter 2: Matt Woods assisted on all four goals for the visitors. Phelan Sweeney scored twice, and Robert Franklin made 15 saves to preserve the lead.
Lower Merion 12, Shipley 5: Evan Wolf deposited five goals, and the visitors cruised. Paddy Black scored one goal and assisted on three others.
Marple Newtown 15, Souderton 5: Billy Morgan tallied seven goals to lift the hosts. Christian Xitas tacked on three more.
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Phoenixville 11, Upper Perkiomen 0: Brett Arney went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs for the visitors.
Methacton 10, Perkiomen Valley 0: T.J. Tometta went 3 for 3, scored twice, and drove in three runs for the hosts.
Central Bucks East 7, Council Rock South 3: Sam Jellinek made his first varsity start a memorable one. The senior did not allow an earned run in four innings to collect the win for the visitors. Pat Reilly went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jake Warren went 2 for 2 with a double and scored twice.
Lower Moreland 12, Academy of the New Church 11: Ryan Killion hit a three-run triple as part of a nine-run sixth for Lower Moreland. Jordan Porcrass went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
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Lincoln 4, GAMP 3: Smith Alvarez singled home Austin Wienckowski with the winning run with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Frankford 2, Philadelphia Academy Charter 9: Gio Burgess entered a scoreless game in the bottom of the second inning and allowed one hit over the next six innings to earn the win. Xavier Sanchez and Josh Pagan each had two hits and an RBI for Frankford.
Esperanza 12, Northeast 10: Hector Morales went 2 for 2 with a triple and three runs to lead the hosts.
Washington 3, Franklin Towne Charter 0: Roger Hanson pitched a one-hitter. He struck out 12.
Masterman 10, Ben Franklin 9, 8 innings: Jacob Nelson hit a single in the bottom of the eighth to score Greg Whitehorn from second. John Pizzola went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.