Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/22/19
This is one of a series of Philly boys’ lacrosse previews for 2019.
High School: Parkland High School
Coach: Mike Bender, First season as head coach.
Last year’s record: Last year we finished with a 20-4 record. Winning both district and conference championships. Lost to La Salle in 3A state quarterfinals (score 6-3).
James Cipolla – MVP – Attack – Committed to Ohio Sate
Alex Albertson – Defense – Committed to Army
Eli Fisher – Midfield – Committed to Eastern
Others to watch:
Zach Poremba – Attack – Junior
Will Filipovits – Midfield – Sophomore
Coach’s outlook for 2019 season: “Strength is our defense. Multiple seniors in the mix with amble playing experience. Creating a new culture with the new staff. With high expectations, we hope to continue to progress in the state playoffs.”
High School: Allentown Central Catholic HS
League: Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC)
Coach: Dan Dolphin, 12th year, career record 161-65
Last year’s record: 17-5. 2nd in the EPC, Won District XI 2A title for second consecutive year. Lost to Bishop Shanahan in state quarterfinals.
Key Returnees: Matt Scandone, Sr., attack (20 goals and 16 assists), Todd Gloss, Sr. midfield (24 goals, 12 assists), Justin Pasquale, Sr. (12 goals 9 assists), Joe Pasquale, Sr., defense; Nolan Barr, Sr. Goalie (5.8 goals against average); Will Shimer, Jr. Defense, Liam Gill, Jr. Defense, Will Alderman, Jr. Midfield, Jack McGorry, Soph. midfield, Tyler Schifko, Soph. midfield, Louie Baloh, jr. Midfield.
Others to watch: Sr. midfielder Mike Hilliard, Fr. Chuck Kaczynski, Fr. Ben Scandone, Fr. Mike Driscoll, Fr. Aiden Carroll and Soph. Goalie Davis Ike
Coach’s outlook for 2019 season: “Our offense was decimated by graduation. We are going to be a very young team. At times, you will see 4 Freshmen on the defensive end of the field. Only 3 or 4 seniors will see significant playing time, so we will be playing a bunch of underclassmen. How quickly they mature on the field will be the barometer for how well the team does. Our strength will be on the defensive end of the field this year. The Defense will have to carry us until the offense matures as the season progresses. If all goes well, we should have a shot at playing for the District XI 2A title again this year. “