Haverford vs. Skidmore
March 17, 2010
The Game Story:


HAVERFORD, Pa. A solid offensive attack helped the Haverford College men's lacrosse team defeat a previously unbeaten Skidmore College squad, 12-8, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at Swan Field.

The Thoroughbreds were 3-0 coming into the game against the 14th-ranked Fords (4-2) but Haverford used five sets of back-to-back goals throughout the contest to slow down the visitors.

Skidmore's Matt Levesque had a game-high five goals but the Fords didn't allow any of Levesque's teammates to score more than once.

Myles Monaghan's four goals led the Fords but three teammates also had multi-goal games. Max Hjelm and Phillip Valliant tallied three apiece and Andrew Kim added two scores in the win.

Skidmore's Levesque kicked off the scoring quickly stunning the crowd with a goal less than three minutes into the first period to give the visitors the lead.

Valliant and Hjelm went back-to-back late in the period erasing the Skidmore advantage and propelling the Fords into the lead, but the Thoroughbreds scored quickly after the opening face-off of the second stanza to knot the score at 2-2.

Monaghan then scored two in a row, though, to give Haverford a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the game.

A 6-4 halftime lead for the host Fords grew into a four-goal lead, 10-6, by the end of the third period. Hjelm's third of the game (18th of the season) nearing the five-minute mark of the fourth period upped the advantage to five but the Thoroughbreds battled back with a back-to-back pair themselves before Monaghan's fourth of the game and 10th of the season put a nail in the coffin.

Joe Banno finished with 13 saves in goal for Haverford recording six in the third period alone while his teammates were scoring four times at the other end of the field. Flip Bongaerts took the loss between the pipes for Skidmore stopping 12 shots on goal.

There might have been more scoring left out on the turf for the Fords as they were 0-for-5 in extra-man opportunities and committed 21 turnovers in the win.

Skidmore's man-up offense was 4-for-7 but it wasn't enough to take down the Fords.

Haverford continues a four-game home stand in its next contest, a Noontime game Saturday against 7th-ranked Denison University.