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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Zach Getchius runs around an Emmaus defender during last week’s win over the Hornets. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Zach Getchius runs around an Emmaus defender during last week’s win over the Hornets. Copyright - DonHerb

Boys lacrosse has strong week, downs rival Emmaus

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland boys lacrosse team was entering a tough stretch in the 2016 schedule. A week in which the Trojans played four games in four days and five in six, they had every reason to be tired or start slow heading into laast week’s game against Emmaus.

That wasn’t the case in the rivalry game under the lights at Parkland High School last Wednesday night.

The Trojans (9-3 overall) took an 8-5 lead into halftime and went on to a 13-8 victory, holding Emmaus (9-3 overall) goalless in the fourth quarter. It was Parkland’s third win in a row after a 9-5 setback to Easton last week, which was the Trojans’ first conference loss on the year.

“It was a great, big win for us,” said senior Zach Getchius. “Especially with the home crowd here, it was fun. The atmosphere was crazy, there was a big crowd and a lot of people cheering on both sides. But that’s how it always is with these two schools in any sport.”

It was a game of runs, as it seems to be during the high school lacrosse season.

Parkland quickly jumped out to a four-goal cushion early in the first quarter. But Emmaus scored the next three to trail by just one after one.

Behind six different goal scorers, the Trojans were a force offensively and never trailed.

The teams traded goals the next two quarters, and the Green Hornets deficit was three at 11-8 heading into the final quarter. But then the Trojans found another gear and added two more scores to put the game away.

“We had the momentum and like coach said, we needed to keep it whenever we had it,” said Getchius. “It was great to have the momentum swinging our way when it mattered most there late in the third quarter and into the fourth. We were hoping they wouldn’t catch any of it there late.

“We didn’t want to lose to them on our home turf, under the new turf. We had to use that motivation and crowd to our advantage, and we did just that.”

Gavin Saylor led the way with five goals. Dru Miller, James Cipoola, and Getchius all tallied two goals, and Ian O’Neill. and Ryan Geroulo also found the back of the net for the Trojans.

Saylor and Miller both had three assists, and O’Neill added one.

Parkland finished off the week strong at 4-1, with the only loss coming by one goal to Cumberland Valley last Saturday. Home games against Central Catholic tonight and State College on Saturday afternoon end the week.