By Warren B. Scott
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/26/11
Carl Walrath said he knew he had little time to make his move Wednesday night when he received the ball behind the cage with just over 10 seconds remaining in the Inter-Ac Invitational championship game and the scored tied, 4-4 with Malvern Pep.
"Joe (McCallion) did a great job winning the face-off," said the Haverford School senior. "I saw 10 seconds were left and I just needed to go to the goal.
"I expected the double team so I shot it before they slid to me."
Walrath's wrap-around tally with 9.8 seconds to play in regulation gave the Fords a breathtaking 5-4 triumph over the Friars. The victory gave Haverford School its third straight Inter-Ac Invitational crown and closed out a brilliant 23-0 season ? one that surely will give them the No. 1 ranking in each of the national polls and the right to call themselves national champions.
Walrath also had tied the game with 36.9 seconds to play. His clutch goals earned him the the YBH Audi Volkswagen Star of Game MVP award.
Last year the Fords appeared to be beaten in the Inter-Ac Invitational finals as Episcopal Academy held a 6-5 lead until the Fords tied it with 1:23 left in regulation and won it in overtime.
"It was like deja-vu from last year," Walrath said.
How dies it fell to be 23-0?
"It's amazing," he said. "We worked hard the entire season and knew it wouldn't come until the last game; it's just sinking in now."