VIKINGS FIGHT 'TIL THE END

March 29, 2018
By: Erica Rose

Well if you weren’t at the Parkland/Central Catholic boy’s lacrosse game last night then you missed one exciting ending.  In recent years the teams have become rivals, and it was evident by the physicality that they were not fans of each other.  It’s really not a surprise either these are two teams that have a lot of pride.  Last year, the Vikings were one of the Trojans only losses.  And both went on to win the District title.

Obviously this is a new year and things change, but one thing that did not was the quality of play between the two.  The Vikings graduated 15 players including their goalkeeper, and entire line of defense, but they knew they still had the offense.  So the goal right now? Score one more then the opponent.  Well last night the Vikings scored 2 more.  

The night started with the Vikings jumping on top 2-0, but no surprise the Trojans would tie it in no time. 2-2 the score after the first quarter.  Central would go back up to open the second thanks to Matt Marker, who would finish with 6 goals and two assists.  However, the Trojans would score 4 unanswered going on top 6-3.  They would take the 7-4 lead into the third and still be on top 10-6 into the fourth.  This is when things got exciting.  The Trojans (I’m assuming) believed they had this game won, when they took their largest lead of the night just over 2 minutes in at 12-6.  But, that was not the case.  Not at all.  It started with the faceoff, Luke Talago would not lose one in the fourth quarter and the Vikings slowly crept back.  Still trailing 12-9 with 4:07 to play, the Vikings would then pick up the pace scoring 3 more unanswered in 1 minute 12 seconds.  The final would tie the game at 12 with 1:37 left on the clock.  Could the Vikings really pull this off?  Well lacrosse is a game of momentum and Central definitely had it at this point.  26 seconds later Central was on top 13-12 thanks to Todd Gloss, and who else besides Matt Marker, a Lehigh commit, to seal the deal.  He would take the ball all the way in starting from about the 25 and the Vikings would be celebrating on Parklands field, scoring 8 unanswered in the final quarter.  

In Head Coach Dan Dolphin’s 11 years, he doesn’t think the team has ever overcome a bigger deficit.  And although this was an exciting win, the team has to remember it’s only the second game of the season for them.  They will definitely see the Trojans once more, and odds are twice.  So while it’s great to celebrate this win now, the guys need to remember its still a long year.  And one thing I am certain about is it will be another exciting meeting between the two.