Malvern knows way past Ger­man­town Academy

Fri­ars win In­ter-AC bat­tle

The Review - - Sports - By Den­nis C. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

Re­ac­tions. That’s what Ger­man­town Academy head coach Billy McK­in­ney and Mal vern Prep head­man John McEvoy were look­ing for May 2when the Fri­ars vis­ited Ger­man­town Academy in an In­terA­ca­demic League matchup at GA’s Carey Field.

Af­ter a rol­lick­ing start to their sea­son the Fri­ars have hit a rough patch.

And although they got their col­lec­tive mojo to­gether April 29 when they bested Con­estoga at the Katie Sam­son Fes­ti­val, and fol­lowed it up with May 2’s 12-5 win over GA, there were still some doubts about how this sea­son might play out.

It ap­pears some of those doubts may have been self­in­flicted.

“At the be­gin­ning of the year, a lot of us felt a lot of pres­sure on us be­cause so much was ex­pected,” said se­nior mid­fielder Michael Fay. “The Epis­co­pal Academy loss (9-8 back on April 25) was an eye-opener for us, and af­ter the game we brought ev­ery­body into the locker room and de­cided to just fo­cus on our­selves.”

That ad­just­ment seems to have served the Fri­ars well, as ev­i­denced by April 29’s big win.

An In­ter-Ac ti­tle is still a pos­si­bil­ity, although right now all the Fri­ars want to do is get bet­ter as a tea­mand as in­di­vid­u­als.

“To­day we fo­cused on play­ing as well as we can play,” said McEvoy. “For the most part, we’ve been fo­cus­ing on the lit­tle things, and if we see some­thing we haven’t seen we just try and play it straight up.

“(Ger­man­town Academy) has a good, young team with a lot of po­ten­tial, and I give the­mand (McK­in­ney) credit for hang­ing in there when they could just as eas­ily lost fo­cus.

“Right now all we’re wor­ried about is our­selves.”

The Fri­ars broke on top, get­ting two goals from Billy Coyle and an­other from Mike DiGi­a­cobe to take a 3-0 lead af­ter one quar­ter, then blew the lead out to 6-1 by half­time, as a pair of goals by Fay and an­other from Jack Traynor kept the Pa­tri­ots at arm’s length.

When the lead reached 10-1 early in the third, McEvoy took the op­por­tu­nity to give his depth play­ers some play­ing time, and they didn’t dis­ap­point.

“It was good, we got a lot of time for our (bench) play­ers,” McEvoy said.

To its credit, GA didn’t fold, and came back strong, pulling within 10-4 at one point early in the fourth quar­ter.

“It’s late in the sea­son,” McK­in­ney said, “and at this point in the year you get con- cerned about how your play­ers are go­ing to re­act when things aren’t go­ing well.

“But our guys fought back, and that­was en­cour­ag­ing to see.”

The Fri­ars re­gained con­trol and closed the game out with author­ity, which is just what McEvoy wanted to see.

“Right now our fo­cus is what’s in front of us,” the coach said. “Right now we’re wor­ried about Sale­sianum, be­cause that’s who we play (May 3).

“All we can do now is look ahead to our next game.”

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Malvern Prep’s Matthew Civitella ad­vances the ball as Ger­man­town Academy’s Tripp Gund­lach de­fends.

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Malvern Prep’s Ray­mond Baran looks to pass as Ger­man­town Academy’s An­drew Towne dives to knock the ball loose.

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Malvern Prep’s Michael Fay takes a shot on goal near two Ger­man­town Academy de­fend­ers.

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