Boys lax beats Freedom 17-1
Following a 10-5 loss last Saturday morning to Wilson-West Lawn, Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko wanted his team to respond.
The team bounced back in a big way with a 17-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory against Freedom last Monday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
“We came out flat and played like that all game,” Schifko said of the Saturday loss. “I couldn’t understand it because I know what this team is capable of, and they showed that here today [against Freedom]. This is what I expect of them every game.”
Schifko and some of his players thought that they came out flat in Monday’s contest as well, but they pushed through it. The Trojans dominated on both ends of the field, putting up a high number of goals on offense, and preventing them on the other end.
“This is a game that we tried to reboot ourselves and get back on the right track,” said junior attackman Gavin Saylor. “Coming off a tough loss against a good team like Wilson West Lawn, we kind of came out flat again today, but we picked it up this time and it didn’t hurt us like it did before.”
Parkland didn’t waste any time jumping out ahead of the Patriots. The Trojans scored four goals in the opening quarter, including four different players finding the back of the net. Dru Miller, Zach Getchius, Ryan Geroulo and James Cipolla all had first quarter goals, and each player had multiple goals during the game. Parkland (3-1) had six players record multiple goals, including a game-high three from Gavin Saylor, all in the second quarter.
“It’s nice to have so many guys score,” Saylor said. “Games like this we try to move the ball around and have every goal assisted. It was great to see some of the younger guys get in and score as well.”
Freedom head coach Tony Fabrizio had nothing but praise for the Trojans.
“They have a lot of weapons, a lot of different players that they throw at you that can score,” said Fabrizio. “It was tough for our defense keeping up with their quality of play.”
Parkland added six more goals in the second quarter and took a 10-1 lead into halftime. Andrew Conzola tallied the only goal for Freedom late in the quarter when he fired a shot that bounced in between the legs of goalie Joey Stevenson (4 saves).
Patriots senior goaltender Hunter Hostage had his hands full all game long. The Trojans outshot Freedom 27-9, and Hostage made 10 saves.
Parkland added seven more goals in the second half, and kept Freedom off the board for the victory. It was the third straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win this season for Parkland, which beat Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic last week.
“It’s always nice to get wins in the league like we have so far,” said Saylor. “We have to keep it up and play hard every game because teams like Easton and Emmaus are coming up and they’re great teams.”