Trojans rally, fall short to EHS boys lax
After falling in a 3-0 hole through the first period of last week's game against Emmaus, the Parkland boys lacrosse team responded with five consecutive goals to lead by two with under eight minutes to play.
Momentum had shifted in the Trojans' favor, and it looked as if they were on their way to avenging a loss to the Hornets earlier in the season.
But what happened next was from a script one couldn't have even imagined.
Marc Feldman scored two Hornet goals in the final five minutes, including the game-tying score with 22 seconds to play to force overtime at Parkland High School. And just as a one-man advantage for the Hornets (13-4 overall; 8-1 in LVC) was set to end in the extra session, Emmaus's Peter Conway found the back of the net with 20 seconds left to secure the 6-5 victory over the Trojans (11-3 overall; 7-3 in LVC).
"Emmaus is a good team," said head coach Brad Schifko. "We knew that they weren't just going to roll over and let us walk away with it. We were going to have to continue to play hard. Some things just didn't go our way and that happens."
Jonathan Warg tied the game at 3-3 near the beginning of the third period after taking the ball across midfield and firing a shot past Emmaus's goalkeeper.
Neither team scored the rest of the way through the third. But two Trojan goals in the fourth by Dylan Klusaritz and Anthony Ganguzza pushed their lead to two, and with the way Jameal Hadeed was playing in goal, it seemed as if the Trojans were minutes away from a victory.
"We talk all the time about lacrosse being a game of momentum, and being on the right side of the pendulum swing when it comes back in the opposite direction," said Schifko. "Tonight I thought we had the momentum, and the ball just didn't bounce our way at the end of the game."
Hadeed recorded 11 saves for the Trojans.
"He was down on himself, and I said to him if it wasn't for his play today, that wasn't as close of a game as it was," said Schifko. "He did a tremendous job keeping us in it and making huge saves when he needed to.
"I think when he's on, like he was tonight, in my opinion he's the best goalie in the league."
After generating just three shots on goal in the first period, the Trojans tallied nine in the second period. Goals by Ethan Howell and Steven Chenworth got the offense on track for the rest of game.
"We've had a history this season of starting slowly," said Schifko. "We talked today [Thursday] about coming out fast. We didn't do that, but what we did do was we responded to that run."
Results from Tuesday's game against Becahi and Wednesday's game against Wilson West Lawn were not available at time of press. The Trojans will host Perkiomen Valley on Friday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Parkland High School.