Boys lacrosse: Lansdowne tops Parkville for first win

Lansdowne coach Tyler Martin has been waiting for his lacrosse team to put it all together all season and Thursday night it happened.

The result was the Vikings first win after they started the season with eight straight losses.

The Vikings (1-8) dominated all phases in a 7-3 victory over visiting Parkville (4-6).

"These guys have been just so close to stepping over that last hurdle to being a lacrosse team and it finally happened tonight," Martin said. "I don't know where it came from but they came together today and they played like I've been trying to get them to play forever."

The offense was balanced as junior Billy Linton and leading scorer Dominic Mullins (team-leading 7 goals) scored two goals each and Justin Smith, David Cellini and Brandon Jordan added a goal each.

Jordan, Peter Koscielski and Peter Flores also had assists.

The goals were the first of the season for Linton who also earned a game ball.

"You should have seen the look on his face, he was so excited," Martin said.

Multiple game balls could have been given to goalie Caleb Chavis and midfielder Darrick Purnell.

Chavis, in on his third varsity game between the pipes after moving from attack, didn't allow a goal until Parkville's Ethan Brooks broke the ice with 20 seconds left in the first half.

Lansdowne led 4-1 at halftime and extended the lead to 7-1 late into the second half, thanks to six saves from Chavis and strong defense from Danny Nicholson, Mugabe Jones, Romario Orellano and Ivan Neville

"The defense stepped up big time today," Martin said. "They played very, very well."

Meanwhile, Purnell was dominant on ground balls (13) and clears and played a strong midfield along with Koscielski and Kyle Beard.

"We moved him (Purnell) from defense to midfield in the beginning of the week because we had some injuries and a couple guys missed games and he had to step up and he did big time."

Parkville got a pair of late tallies from Josh Marshall and Jordan Ward to cut the lead to 7-3, but Beard and Quentin Muhammed secured the following faceoff and the Vikings celebrated the victory.

It was one of only three close games the Vikings have played this season, but they were on the short end of a 5-2 defeat against Dundalk and a 5-4 loss to Woodlawn.

The three goals against Woodlawn were the previous high for the Vikings.

"It's the hardest schedule I've ever had as a coach and it has been rough," Martin said. "I expected a battle. I looked at our schedule after our first two games and I honestly was concerned that it would be very difficult to win just one — and we finally got our first one. It definitely feels good and I'm sure the kids are really happy."

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