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Boys’ lacrosse: Allentown Central Catholic pulls off stunning comeback win over Parkland, 14-12

Thursday, 29th March 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/29/18
Staff Report

Matt Marker collected six goals and two assists and Todd Gloss scored the game winner as Allentown Central Catholic stunned host Parkland, 14-12, last night in a battle of East Penn Conference boys’ lacrosse powers.

Parkland (0-1), ranked No. 7 in the Preseason Rankings, built a 12-6 lead early in the fourth period. Then the Vikings (2-0) went on an 8-0 tear as face-off specialist Luke Talago (Syracuse commit) won 15 of the last 17 faceoffs of the game and Nolan Barr posted 14 saves.

Harrison Ike (two assists), Nik Sunday and Daniel Glemser (three assists) each had two goals for ACC. Talago won 20 of 29 faceoffs overall.

“Luke (Talago) played a huge part in our second half comeback,” said Marker, a senior attackman signed with Lehigh. “He allowed us to dominate the possession battle, and he was going up against a great faceoff guy (Alex Albertson) for Parkland.”

Parkland scored two goals to open the fourth quarter and go up 12-6. But Glemser scored two2 quick goals around the 8 minute mark to make the score 12-8. Talago won eight consecutive face offs that resulted in two goals by Marker, and goals by Ike and Sunday to tie the game at 12 with 3 minutes remaining.

After another face off win by Talago, Ike fed Gloss for the go ahead goal with 1:50 remaining in the game. Talago controlled the final face off and passed to Marker, who beat a double team and scored the final goal on a partially open net.

“Our defense played a great game and locked it down in the second half,” said Marker. “It feels great starting out the season 2-0, especially beating such a talented rival in Parkland.

“This win speaks volumes about the character of this team; we never gave up and had an awesome comeback. It should be a fun season.”

Ian O’Neill had three goals and an assist for Parkland while James Cipolla had two goals and three assists and Luke Summers scored twice. Goalie James McLaughlin posted 11 saves.

“It was truly a great game to be part of,” said ACC coach Dan Dolphin. “As a coach, I could not be prouder of how the team overcame a 6 goal deficit, scoring 8 goals in a little more than 6 minutes.

“In my 11 years of coaching at Central, no team has ever come back from being down 6 goals with 8 minutes left in the game. The team willed themselves to win. Parkland is a quality team that we will see again this year in the regular season, and likely in the playoffs.”

Allentown Central Catholic 14, Parkland 12

ACCHS 2 2 2 8 – 14
Parkland 2 5 3 2 – 12

ACCHS: Goals- Matt Marker 6, Harrison Ike 2, Nik Sunday 2, Daniel Glemser 2, Matt Scandone, Todd Gloss. Assists- Glemser 3, Marker 2, Ike 2. Saves- Nolan Barr 14. FO – Luke Talago 20 of 29. Shots- 40. Rec. 2-0.
Parkland- Goals- Ian O’Neill 3, James Cipolla 2, Luke Summers 2, Greg Santa-Anna 2, Brady Groff 2, Jake Yannes. . Assists- Cipolla 3, O’Neil, Sant-Anna, E. Fisher. Saves- McLaughlin 11. Shots- 38. Rec 0-1.
Notes- Central Catholic overcame a 6 goal fourth period deficit and scored the last 8 goals of the game over the final 6 minutes to upend Parkland HS. CC won 16 of the final 17 face offs

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