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 >
Varsity Water Polo
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.
- 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
Head 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.
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 >
The Haverford School water polo team received the Gordon B. Hattersley Jr. '48 Award, given to the varsity sports team with the highest academic average. The award was presented during the fifth annual Athletic Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.
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.
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).
Varsity Water Polo
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
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