Parkville boys lacrosse tops Lansdowne in overtime

Parkville survived a furious fourth-quarter comeback by Lansdowne in boys lacrosse Thursday night and prevailed in overtime, 7-6.

Lansdowne junior attackman Collin Murphy scored three times in the final five minutes to finish with five goals and send the game into overtime.

Parkville senior goalie Qamar Sadler made two saves in overtime before senior midfielder Kyle Genung scored with 49 remaining in the four-minute extra session to lift the visiting Knights to victory.

Genung raced in from near midfield, dodged a defender and scored on a shot to lower left corner of the goal from about 20 yards out.

“We had an isolation play for him one-on-one, where everybody else just drops back,” Parkville coach John Cooper said. “We just wanted him to go in, take a shot and make a nice dodge. He is one of our better shooters and dodgers, and he showed it.”

Genung finished with three goals and teammate Vernon Miller, a freshman midfielder, added two.

Freshman Robert Nicholson also had a strong performance for the Knights, winning eight of 12 faceoffs, including six in the first half.

Holding the ball constantly, Parkville was able to build a 4-1 lead through the early part of the second quarter. The Knights (4-8) led 5-2 at halftime before Lansdowne trimmed the margin to two goals midway through the third quarter.

Parkville also led by three goals when Miller broke away from a defender and beat goalie Kevin Williams 56 seconds into the final period.

But Lansdowne (6-6) rallied behind Murphy’s clutch performance. He scored twice on feeds from junior midfielder Bobby Peterson before finding the back cage with a minute remaining.

Murphy picked up a loose ball after a Lansdowne player checked Sadler’s stick, which forced his pass to be off target.

Parkville, however, overcame the three-goal flurry and prevailed on Genung’s16th goal of the season.

In that extra session, Sadler rejected shots from Frank Jankiewicz and Murphy, the Vikings' leading scorer with 36 goals on the season.

“We couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities in overtime,” Lansdowne coach Tyler Martin said. 

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