Malvern Prep’s lacrosse team is immersed in a bitter battle to capture the Inter-Academic League championship, which is determined by the best record of the regular season.

Thursday afternoon, April 27, the Friars edged defending champion Haverford School, 11-9, and remained alive for a title with four games remaining. The Friars, Haverford School, and Episcopal Academy remain in contention for the Inter-Ac’s best record. Episcopal still must face Malvern and Haverford School during the next two weeks.

“We played confident and didn’t turn the ball over,” said Malvern Prep senior captain Billy Coyle. “We can beat anyone when we play like that.

“It’s always great to beat Haverford. We haven’t in a long time, so it felt great to get the weight off our chest. Hopefully, we can keep this energy and momentum and carry it through the rest of the season.”

Coyle is one of several Friars who will play lacrosse in college. Although excited about his future, the Cornell University-bound attackman is focusing only on high school.

“We won because of all our energy and, honestly, our bench,” said Coyle. “They got us all pumped through the whole game.”