Episcopal Wins With Hard Work

Posted: May 12, 1986

Episcopal Academy coach John Wynne can't count the number of times his players appeared ready to explode with anger following a grueling practice session.

Early in a double-overtime period against Germantown Academy on Friday, Wynne reminded his exhausted Churchmen about just such an afternoon two months ago.

"We had just ended a killer practice and everyone got together in the same room, and the smell of exhaustion was, well, overwhelming," Wynne said. "I said to them, 'Hey, remember that at some point of the season, all of this sweat will be worth it. So keep working.' "

Perhaps that explains Episcopal's reaction to Chris Roe's third goal of the game one minute into the second overtime, which lifted the Churchmen to a tantalizing 14-13 Inter-Academic League victory. The loss was Germantown Academy's first in league play and second overall.

"Chris dodged a player and shot one through a mass of players, and I don't think the goalie ever saw it," Wynne said. "I didn't see it either. I just saw the referee signal that it was a goal. Then we went out and (mobbed) Chris Roe."

Coupled with Tuesday's 11-8 triumph over Haverford School - highlighted by Roe's flawless success on face-offs and Bill Miller's three goals - Episcopal ended its Inter-Ac season at 6-2. Haverford School, the defending state champion that today plays host to Penn Charter and on Wednesday to Germantown Academy, is 3-3 and needs a pair of victories to acquire some momentum with the playoffs starting next week.

The Fords picked up a surprisingly tough 5-4 overtime win over Penn Charter on Friday, with Mike Riley (three goals, three assists against Episcopal) netting the game-winner 30 seconds into the extra period. Perry Dodge added a pair of goals for the victors.

"Considering the way we played, I'm pleased to have beaten Penn Charter," Haverford School coach Peter Unger said. "We had a lot of decent shots but only put in one more than they did. We're still extremely inconsistent."

Injury-plagued Malvern continued to struggle offensively, dropping a 10-2 decision to Germantown Academy on Tuesday.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., Haverford High visits Lower Merion. Fords coach Bob Bush wishes the site could be switched, and for good reason. At home, Haverford High was a perfect 6-0 this season, but on the road, the Fords were only 1-5. Considering Lower Merion's incredible winning percentage at home over the past five years, not to mention its scorching eight-game winning streak, Haverford High has a dubious task ahead of it.

"There's a conceivable chance of four teams finishing tied for first," Bush said. "That's a lot of incentive. I hope it provides enough for our players."

Lower Merion and Springfield are both 5-1, while Haverford High and Ridley are both 4-2. A Haverford High victory over Lower Merion and a Ridley win over Springfield would force a four-way tie. If that situation materializes, it appears Lower Merion and Haverford High would have the edge based on records versus common opponents.

The Fords made life harder on themselves Wednesday when Upper Darby, which had trailed by 6-2 early in the third period and 7-5 entering the fourth, scored five unanswered goals in the final period for a 10-7 victory. Haverford rebounded for an 11-4 win over Marple Newtown on Friday, with Chris McNichol banging home five goals and Bill Farrell scoring four more. Paul McKelvey (two goals, one assist), and Jim Bean (three assists) added offensive support.

Meanwhile, Lower Merion (12-4 overall) assaulted Conestoga on Friday, 12-3, after having dumped Unionville on Tuesday, 11-4. Tristan Manos collected six points in each game, Paul Cannon picked up a total of nine and Dave Herman added eight.

"We're looking at this game against Haverford High as a playoff-type game," Lower Merion coach John Linehan said. "I had figured early in the year that Haverford High would be our toughest opponent."

NOTES

Chris Lemmer, Scott Rehl and Skip Ledwith each ripped three goals to pace Shipley's 12-4 win over Valley Forge Friday. Rehl had scored another hat trick while teammate David Burg whipped in a career-best five goals in Shipley's 12-1 victory over Harriton on Wednesday. . . . Ron Fernandez scored five goals in Phelps School's 12-5 win Wednesday over George School's "B" team. A balanced scoring attack on Monday had given the Lions - now 8-0 and winners of 20 straight over two years - a 12-6 Tri-County win over Swarthmore Academy.

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