Boys lacrosse avenges loss to Central Catholic
In just its first game of the 2018 regular season, the defending District 11 Class 3A champion Parkland boys lacrosse team suffered a two-goal setback to defending 2A champ Central Catholic in a battle of last year’s gold medalists.
The two teams met again Tuesday, but this time the outcome was spun around.
The Trojans (13-3 overall) managed to hold a lead over the Vikings (11-4) at the end of each quarter, and used a 6-2 halftime lead to eventually take down Central and amass some revenge, winning 13-6 Tuesday night at Muhlenberg College in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
“Ultimately, this one was really meaningless in the scheme of things,” said Parkland head coach Brad Schifko. “While it was nice to get the monkey off our back [because] we’ve had some struggles against them as of late, we may see them again in EPC playoffs. And then it will matter.
“We’re a much different team now than we were in game one of the season. We talked about playing our brand of lacrosse: patient, poised, disciplined and aggressive, and if we could do that, we’d get the win.”
The Trojans were poised all night on both ends of the field. As they have done all season long, they worked the ball around the top end of the offensive circle and passed around until someone had a good shot on goal.
Holding a one-goal advantage at 3-2 after the first quarter, Parkland took control of the game in the second, outscoring Central 3-0 to take a 6-2 halftime lead.
Parkland showcased not only its offensive firepower, but also its defense. Goalkeeper James McLaughlin, who made 12 saves in the game, came up big for the Trojans all night, especially in the second and third quarters when they took a one-goal lead and grew the advantage to six.
Four Parkland players scored goals, with each netting at least three.
Greg Santa-Anna led the team with four goals, and Ian O’Neill, Braden Groff and James Cipolla each added three for the Trojans. Santa-Anna also had a team-high five assists, with Cipolla adding two, and O’Neill, Groff, Luke Summers and Andrew Albertson all had one assist.
“Offensively we were patient, unselfish and efficient,” Schifko said. “It was 11 of our 13 goals were assisted. Greg Santa-Anna had nine points for us tonight. While three others had three goals apiece. It doesn’t get much better than that in terms of production. We’re just trying to get to a point where we’re playing our best lacrosse as the playoffs begin.”
Parkland has won six in a row and 11 of its last 12 games.
The Trojans have two more games this season, beginning with a non-conference game against Hershey on Saturday, followed by a home game with Emmaus next Monday. The EPC playoffs begin on Thursday, May 10.