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Haverford School comeback try falls short at Inter-Ac Challenge

The Haverford School came up a little short in its bid to win the Inter-Ac Lacrosse Challenge for the second year in a row.

The Fords scored the final four goals but that was not enough to erase a five-goal deficit as top-seeded Culver Military Academy out of Indiana held on for an 8-7 victory over the second-seeded Fords at Villanova Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles (20-3), who are ranked 11th nationally, scored four straight goals in the second and third periods to break the game open and take an 8-3 lead into the fourth quarter.

That deficit proved to be too much despite a late surge by the Fords (20-5).

The Fords, who are ranked 16th nationally, clamped down on defense and turned the heat on the offense to make things interesting. The defense did not allow a goal in the final period and Forry Smith scored to get the offense started. His goal cut the deficit in half and then Tom McNamara tallied twice to get the Fords within 8-6. Keyveat Postell gave the Fords some hope when he scored with 11 seconds left in the game.

Dox Aitken won the ensuing face-off to give the Fords one last shot. Smith had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but his shot was a little short.

Wayne Jackoboice scored twice in the four-goal barrage in the middle periods that broke the game open for Culver Academy. Ethan Walker and Alex Simmons also scored twice for the Eagles, who never trailed in the game. Culver had a 4-2 lead after one quarter and took a 6-3 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Culver Academy defenseman Liam Duff was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

McNamara finished with three goals for the Fords. Smith had one goal and one assist. Aitken and Peter Garno also scored for The Haverford School.

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