Haverford School (Pa.) looks for a repeat

Will McNamara and Haverford School (Pa.) are riding a 27-game winning streak heading into 2012. ESPNHS/ESPNHS

After his team finished the year No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50 last year, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) coach John Nostrant knows it’s not going to be easy to get back to the top.

“The seniors who graduated last year were a big part of this team for four years,” Nostrant says. “They were a big part of our success.”

Nostrant is right; last year’s crop of seniors was impressive. But the cupboard is far from bare. This season, the team boasts four of the nation’s top 100 seniors as rated by ESPNHS, including the nation’s No. 2 player — Will McNamara, a midfielder bound for Virginia after the season.

“He’s a tough, two-way middle who’s tough to cover,” Nostrant says. “He’s a tremendous athlete.”

In addition to McNamara, seniors Warner Bailey (No. 30), Sam Rohr (No. 47), and Connor Bailey (No. 62) all cracked the top 100. Warner and Connor are brothers who are headed to Georgetown next season.

Nostrant says his team is exceptionally talented but full of fresh faces who didn’t see much playing time behind the talented senior group of last year. But the three-time league champs are still rolling out a tough schedule and intent to test themselves against the best teams in the nation in an effort to constantly get better.