Coming off a disappointing second half in its last game, the Park School boy’s lacrosse team wasted no time jumping on Friends School, early in the first quarter Tuesday, in latest chapter of the rivalry between the Bruins and Quakers, as Park went on to claim a 13-8 MIAA B Conference victory.
Junior Steven Villacorta won 78% of the face-offs he took, which provided Park the possession it needed to get its offense going and nine different Bruins tallied points. Senior Eli Friedman led the way with with 3 goals and 5 assists.
When the Quakers applied the pressure, Friedman put his trust in his teammates and they most certainly delivered. The balanced scoring produced 2 goals and an assist each for senior Hank Zerhusen and sophomore Ben Askew.
Meanwhile, on the defensive end for Park received 10 well timed saves for junior goalkeeper Sam Cordish, combined with a solid effort from sophomore Reed Potts. In a battle of the top two scoring defenses in the conference, the Bruins were able to overcome some of their inexperience and rise to the occasion.
Friends (4-2), which started the day in a second place tie with Glenelg Country, suffered only their second conference loss of the season, with the other one coming to undefeated John Carroll (6-0).
Park (3-3) now has a day to prepare for a visit from Saints Peter & Paul, on Thursday at Kelly Field. The Bruins can clinch a playoff berth by winning one of their two remaining games.