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By Christopher Lawlor

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – It was business as usual for the Haverford (Pa.) School on Sunday afternoon and suited veteran head coach John Nostrant just fine.

Nostrant, who announced this would be his last season at the helm, pulled all the strings this weekend with two victories capped by an 11-8x victory over undermanned Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) Sunday in the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase at St. Anthony’s High School’s Cy Donnell Field.

Nostrand’s team went to 14-3 in his 28th season at Haverford, No. 11 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings.

The GEICO Showcase is a two-day event that gathered six powerhouse boys’ programs from four Middle Atlantic states conducted in Suffolk County, Long Island, one of the world hotbeds for lacrosse talent.

The Fords were clearly the better team and it showed. Haverford’s senior class features 11 commitments and there are 29 total from the roster. Haverford also played the nation’s most challenging schedule, which included back-to-back at the GEICO Showcase against formidable competition.

Additionally, several players from Haverford headed home last night to attend a school prom and then boarded a bus back to Long Island early Sunday morning.

If L-S appeared a bit shorthanded, well, they were. Five starters are out with injuries, including the starting goalie. But the effort was evident right up until the final whistle. L-S outscored the Fords, 4-2, in the final frame.

And the grind of the weekend began to affect the Warriors at the onset of the third quarter when Gavin Burke and Matt Costin fired in goals and an 8-2 edge with eight minutes left.

L-S got on the board in the third on the man-up when Nick Mitchell converted from a Kyle Smith feed. Hayden Donley added an unassisted goal with 3:04 left in the third and deficit was 9-4.

The fourth quarter Adam Salvaggio completed his hat trick for Haverford and Virginia-signee Peter Garno added his second goal. Junior fogo Chris Tsetsekos was the difference-maker, winning 16 of 23 faceoffs that allowed his team to keep the Warriors at bay. Finn Garrity of L-S also hit for a hat trick with his third occurring with 9.4 seconds to go.

Sage Garito made eight saves in goal for the Fords, who were outshot by L-S, 29-27. The Fords controlled the ground balls, 30-24. Gavin Burke, a Villanova recruit, scored two goals.

The Fords carried a 6-2 lead into the second half, scoring three goals in the second quarter. Glavin paced the offense with a goal and two helpers. L-S made it 4-2 early in the second courtesy of Garrity. Haverford responded with two more of its own from Colgate-bound Salvaggio, who tallied with 9:43 and 8:36 left.

Harvard-bound junior Brennan McBride gave Haverford a three-goal lead less than a minute into the second with Glavin picking up his second assist.

Pearse Glavin played facilitator and goal-scorer in the first quarter when the Fords built a 3-1 lead.

Glavin gave the Fords the lead for good at 2:34 and Peter Garno, who recorded a hat trick on Saturday against Ward Melville (Setauket, N.Y.), ripped an off-hand, lefty strike with 5 seconds remaining and it was 3-1.

L-S evened the score at 1 in when Garrity converted a pass from Johnny Herlihy, who also had two goals.

Glavin opened the scoring with shot high into the net with 7:43 left.

L-S (7-4 overall) heads back to the Boston area as Massachusetts’s top-ranked team and will concentrate on winning the MIAA Division 1 championship in June.