Boys lax seeks return to title game
The Parkland boys lacrosse team finished one win shy of a District 11 championship a year ago, going 15-7 overall and winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference West Division.
The Trojans have the pieces returning to get back to the title game in 2017. It will all start up front, with experience coming back in some pivotal offensive positions.
“We are led by an extremely talented and veteran offense, looking to build off our offensive production from a season ago,” said ninth-year head coach Brad Schifko. “Offensive coordinator Marcus Janda will need to have the offense firing on all cylinders for us to make a deep run this spring.”
The offense will be led by team captain Ryan Geroulo, as well as Luke Summers (injured in 2016) and James Cipola, at midfield.
Returning conference scoring leaders include Dru Miller and Gavin Saylor, along with Ian O’Neill, who will anchor the attack. Andrew Albertson will handle the majority of faceoff duties, and will provide added depth, along with Braden Groff, Sam Morgan, Jake Yannes and Greg Santa-Anna, at midfield.
Parkland lost some key members of the defensive unit to graduation, so there will need to be some new players that will have to step up this season.
“Defensively, this group is talented and athletic, but inexperienced,” said Schifko. “There are only returning two players (Alex Albertson and Logan Barlok) with any significant varsity time from a season ago. If defensive coordinator Joe LaBella can develop the cohesiveness this group needs, and a leader emerges, the defense could be quite a disruptive force in 2017.”
Schifko will look to a young group including Dylan Rham, Zack Fitzgerald, Colby Carlson, Haggerty, Brian Hoffman and newcomer, Max Kistler at the back end of the field.
The Trojans will also be starting a new goalie in James McLaughlin, who Schifko said needs to be the quarterback of the defensive unit.
The usual suspects of Emmaus, Easton and Southern Lehigh will all be challenges for the Trojans during the 2017 season.
Parkland opens the season Tuesday at home against Bethlehem Catholic.