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Varsity Water Polo

Haverford School water polo

 

Overview

The Haverford School Water Polo program began in 2002, when it officially entered a varsity and junior varsity program into the Inter-Academic League. The team struggled in its first few years of existence, but through hard work, determination, skill, and perseverance, has developed into a perennial league champion contender. The program won the Inter-Ac Championship outright in 2005, and was co-champion in 2008 and 2009.

Team Philosophy
  • Emphasizing good sportsmanship
  • Exuding team spirit: work hard and stay positive
  • Enhancing physical fitness through hard work
  • Emphasizing improvement over winning/losing
  • Developing a sense of respect, cooperation, self-discipline, sportsmanship, and fitness through participation in practices and games
  • Participating in safe, fun, hardworking, diverse, and well-organized practice sessions
  • Representing The Haverford School and its community with respect, honesty, and courage

2018-19 Coaches Letter

Meet the Coach

Kevin Van Such water polo coachHead Coach: Kevin Van Such

Coach Van Such joined The Haverford School in 2007 and serves both as head coach of the water polo team and as assistant coach for the swim team. Outside of Haverford, Kevin is Club Director of Maverick Water Polo. He also coaches at Lower Merion Aquatic Club. He studied Communications at Millersville University, where he played water polo in his four years.

Team News

From Serbia to Haverford, Sekulic finds opportunity in the pool

Sean Hansen was overseeing the summer renovation of Haverford School's McQuillen Pool when the swim coach wondered if the decorations needed some international flavor. The pool, after all, is occupied not just by the reigning Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving chaps. In the fall, it plays host to the Fords water polo team. Read the Delco Times story >

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Fords' defense makes Chen's job easier

By Matthew DeGeorge, Delaware County Times

By the time shots started finding Jason Chen Tuesday, the Haverford School goalie was already locked in. Having a defense in the pool that can help post a first-quarter zero as the Fords did against Malvern Prep will help a goalie settle in. So will a half-dozen blocked shots and 25 caused turnovers. Read the Delco Times story >

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Salinas, Salle bring Malvern Prep up for air against Haverford School

By Matthew De George, PAPrepLive.com
The third-quarter intermission wasn't the most pleasant of breaks on the Malvern Prep bench Thursday. The Friars had frittered away a four-goal lead to Haverford School, which had rattled off five consecutive markers in their water polo match to wrest momentum away.

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Water polo: LaRocca's two goals lead Haverford School rout

From PAPrepLive.com
Ryan LaRocca netted two goals and six steals and Ryan Sanfilippo had a goal and three assists to propel the Haverford School to a 15-3 Inter-Ac win over Penn Charter. Matt LaRocca and TJ Brooks had two goals each while JR Leitz added two assists for the Fords (12-5, 1-1).

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Schedule

Roster

# Name Position Height Weight Class
James Aschkenasy 2021
Nicholas Biddle 6'1" 182 2019
Bob Blewett 2020
Fisher Bond 2022
Caleb Cannon 2020
Jason Chen 6'2" 160 2019
Teddy Curran 2020
Koby Degenhardt 0 2020
Jack Deppen 5'8" 135 2021
David Gobora 6'1" 185 2020
Ty Godorecci 2021
Gabe Gowen 2021
Pierre Koenig 2021
Ryan LaRocca 6' 150 2020
JR Leitz 6' 153 2019
Carter McIntyre 2021
Tyler Neave 2021
David Pomeroy 6' 150 2019
Matej Sekulic 6'2" 191 2020
Grayson Walker 2021
Michael Yoh 2019

Results

Record

  • Varsity Water Polo
    Record: 20-2

Results

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Baldwin School
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Season Recap

Head coach: Kevin Van Such
Overall record: 24-4
League record: 8-0
League finish: 1st place
Team captains: Nick Biddle, J.R. Leitz, Matej Sekulic
Individual accomplishments: 
Inter-Ac MVP:  Matej Sekulic
All-Inter-Ac First Team – Ryan LaRocca, Matej Sekulic, Dave Gobora
All-Inter-Ac Second Team – J.R. Leitz
Easterns All-Tournament First Team: Ryan LaRocca, Matej Sekulic
Easterns All-Tournament Second Team: Dave Gobora

  • Won first water polo championship since 2009
  • First time in School history the team went 8-0 in the Inter-Ac
  • Highest finish at Eastern Prep Water Polo Tournament (2nd)
  • First time Fords finished 3-0 at Philmore Tournament
  • Finished Beast of the East Tournament as Flight II runner-up
  • Clinched the sweater for Haverford on EA day with a 12-5 win

Photos

For photos, check out our teams on The Haverford School's SmugMug account.

The Haverford School water polo

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