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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Dru Miller circles the field looking for an open teammate. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Dru Miller circles the field looking for an open teammate. Copyright - DonHerb

Boys lacrosse cruises past Nazareth, 17-5

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

In their four wins this season, the Parkland boys lacrosse team has lit up the scoreboard. The Trojans have averaged 19 goals through those four victories. And they were at it again last Tuesday night.

Seven different players combined to score 17 goals in a 17-5 thumping of Nazareth at Andrew Leh Stadium.

“We approach each game with the mindset that each opposing team’s defense is just as good as our offense,” said Parkland junior Dru Miller, who finished with five goals and four assists. “We have to go out 100 percent each time on the field. We’ve done a good job the last couple of games of moving the ball and getting our players good shots on goal. And that’s helped with our scoring and winning games.”

Parkland (5-1 overall, 5-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) scored goals on its first two shots of the game early in the first quarter. Miller got it going just 34 seconds in, followed by freshman James Cipolla less than three minutes later.

The Trojans had a strong start to the game, putting away six goals within the first 12 minutes, and had a 6-0 lead after one.

The Blue Eagles got on the board when Eli Horn finally got one past Joey Stevenson (8 saves) for the first goal of the second quarter. But that was it for Nazareth until the 6:40 mark of quarter three. Parkland would score six times between the span of the two Blue Eagles goals and take a commanding 12-1 lead midway through the third. Nazareth did not get closer than a nine-goal deficit.

Gavin Saylor (six goals), Ryan Geroulo (2), Zach Getchius, Nolan Ridgway and Brady Groff all tallied goals. But there were also six different Trojan players to record assists in the game. Miller (4), Ian O’Neill (3), Saylor (2), Geroulo (2), Getchius and Cipolla all found teammates for goals.

“We’re a team that looks for the assist just as much as the goal,” said Miller. “We have guys that are team players and if someone else has a better shot, they’ll find them and pass the ball.”

Parkland has a showdown with defending league champ Easton Thursday night in Orefield.

“We’re going to celebrate this win tonight, but we have to forget about it tomorrow,” Miller said. “We have to have our minds fully focused on Easton, and practice hard and prepare for a tough game.”