Most of the attention on the Malvern Prep boys lacrosse team has focused on its rise up the USA TODAY Super 25 national rankings — the Friars are currently No. 7 in the country. What that rise overshadows is one of the great game-winning trick plays we’ve seen in ages.
With Malvern Prep knotted up 10-10 with visiting Garnet Valley, the Friars set up a play where team captain Adam Goldner came down the field with the ball and flipped the ball in the air, appearing to pass it off to teammate Quinn McMahon. Instead, Goldner caught the ball himself, then made a quick pass to diminutive attackman Billy Coyle, who fired in the game-winning goal with just 2.9 seconds remaining.
It’s hard to get more clutch than that.
So, while Kris Jenkins continues to be the toast of Philadelphia and its suburbs, he should share at least a touch of the week’s glory with Coyle, who made the most of what was apparent a broken play.
“We set up one of our plays,” Coyle told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “but we actually didn’t get the look we were looking for.
“We went through the second progression, I can’t tell you the whole thing because then people will read about it, but I knew we didn’t have much time left on the clock and I was pretty far out, so I just wound up and heated it. It was a big, big shot.”