There’s been plenty written about the Haverford School boys lacrosse’s perfect season, about some of the team’s unsung heroes and the squad’s place in the Fords’ illustrious history.
But going by the numbers this season, Haverford School is so much more than just 26 wins, a figure that encapsulates only part of its domination of opposition. They’re more than just the Inter-Ac champs and the winners of the inaugural Inter-Ac Challenge. Here are a few more that put that distance between the Fords and other squads into clearer focus:
156 – Goals the Fords have outscored opponents by. That’s an average of exactly six per game.
3 – Times Haverford School gave up 10 or more goals in a game (11 to St. Paul’s of Maryland, 10 to IMG Academy of Florida, 10 to Malvern Prep). The Fords were kept out of double-figures on just four occasions (McDonogh, Penn Charter, Brunswick School and Episcopal Academy). Haverford School’s electric offense scored 10 or more goals in each of its last 11 outings.
29 – Different players who recorded a goal this season, led by 67 markers from Forry Smith and 110 points (37 goals, 73 assists) from Grant Ament.
7.8 – Average margin of victory over four PIAA opponents – Conestoga, Upper Dublin, La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep. Haverford School outscored those teams 58-27. Two of those teams qualified for (and advanced to the quarterfinals of) the PIAA tournament. The win over Prep tied the Fords’ season-high of 18 goals scored.
6.8 – Average margin of victory over the last 11 games of the season. The Fords had two games decided by four goals, the closest in that stretch.
4 – All-Americans: Ament, midfielders Drew Supinski and Dox Aitken, and defenseman Noah Lejman.
11 – Goals scored by Phil Poquie, a converted defensive midfielder, in the three games of the Inter-Ac Challenge, for which he was named title game MVP, and the finale against Culver Military Academy. The Virginia signee, who had been used almost exclusively as a defensive middie last year, upped his offensive output from 16 goals last season to 27 this campaign. He registered goals in nine of the Fords’ last 10 games.
1 – Goal by defenseman Chris Sabia this season, coming at a major moment of the Inter-Ac Challenge final when Hun School threatened to cut the deficit to one goal early in the third quarter. Instead, Sabia’s only tally of the season regained control, one of myriad contributors to the Fords’ success.
17 – Saves by goalie Alex DeMarco in the win over Hun, matching his season-high (in another stellar performance in the 7-6 win over EA). The junior improved immensely as the season progressed, and he added 16 saves against Culver. In a chain of stars, DeMarco could’ve been the weak link, but instead he turned in a handful of outstanding performances down the stretch, keeping the Fords in games like Culver for the offense to mount a comeback.