The referee of Monday night's Inter-Ac Invitational boys' lacrosse final conceded that he had not "seen this one in a while."
Malvern Prep's student section - clad in white - had rushed the field two seconds too early. The fans thought the Friars had won to complete a perfect season.
Instead the referee slapped Malvern with an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. The fans were ushered off the field, two seconds were put on the clock, and Haverford School was awarded a goal. Friars goalie Carson Cocco said he did not realize that the Fords' Connor Black had scored in the confusion.
Play resumed, the clock ticked to zero, and Malvern's celebration proved twice as nice. The students and players met around Cocco. The game was over, again: Malvern Prep 10, Haverford School 9. Malvern finished the season 24-0, the first perfect season in school history. Haverford School finished 20-6.