Boys lacrosse falls in first round
The Parkland boys lacrosse team had seen Central Catholic twice during the regular season, and both times it had beaten the Vikings (14-11 on March 31 and 15-9 on April 28).
Beating a team three times in a row is always a tough task, and it proved to be too difficult for the Trojans last Thursday evening at Parkland High School.
The Vikings (17-3 overall) scored four straight goals in the second quarter to take a four-goal lead, and were never really threatened from there as they erased those two earlier defeats with an 11-6 victory in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
The Trojans missed out on the conference final, after making it to the game last year.
“It’s always hard beating a team three times in a season,” said Parkland head coach Brad Schifko. “But that’s not an excuse. They were the better team tonight, and we didn’t help ourselves out too much.”
Matt Marker led Central with four goals and an assist. Zack Nelson tallied a hat trick, and Tom Murphy and Colton Thew both had two goals apiece for the Vikings, who outshot the Trojans 22-20 over the course of the game.
The Vikings were playing without leading scorer, and first-team EPC All-Star Joe Wolf, who suffered a separated shoulder the last time these two teams played.
“They have a lot of weapons over there,” said Schifko. “Even though he (Wolf) went down for them, they have depth that can make up for that loss. And that showed tonight.”
Central got out to a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the first quarter, thanks to two goals from Nelson.
Junior Dru Miller had his first of three goals on the night midway through the first. And fellow junior Gavin Saylor tied the game up at two with a goal two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter. But then the Vikings scored four straight, with Phew, Marker, and Murphy doing the damage and putting Central firmly in the driver’s seat.
Both teams fired in three goals in the third, and Central was able to put the game away with two in the final quarter, while holding Parkland to just one.
“That second quarter was what got us,” Schifko said. “They had some good shots on net, and were able to find the back of the net. They created more chances than we did and stuck them.”
Nolan Ridgway and Ryan Geroulo each added a goal for the Trojans (12-7 overall), who will look to get back on track from a two-game losing streak when District 11 play opens up Thursday against Emmaus, a team Parkland lost to in the regular season finale.
Ridgway, Saylor and goalie Joey Stevenson were named to the first-team All-EPC team.