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Two-time league champ seeks first district crown

The Parkland boys lacrosse team has come away with silver medals the last couple of years, but just can't seem to take it one step more.

With Lehigh Valley Conference championshipship under their belt the last two years, the Trojans are still seeking to clinch that almighty first District 11 title in program history.

But in 2015, balance, depth and senior leadership are three traits that may put this team over the top. With a lot of talent back, Parkland will be one of the favorites again.

"We're always consciously optimistic," said Parkland head coach Brad Schifko. "It's much more of a team approach to the season this year as opposed to leaning on a handful of players to shoulder the load. The guys are really beginning to understand what we're asking them to do and some higher-level lax IQ is beginning to manifest itself on the field.

"If we can stay healthy and continue this pattern of maturity in terms of their growth as players, and with the addition of many talented young players, I am confident we will be difficult to beat in 2015."

Seniors Stephen Chenworth, Ethan Howell, Dante Cavallucci and Blaise Fugazzotto, and juniors Erik Digirolamo and Nolan Ridgway are returning starters from that 2014 team that went 18-5 overall and 9-1 in the LVC.

Returning players with varsity experience include seniors Mike Warg, Preston Saylor, AJ DiPasquale, Alex Geisel, Jon Warg, Jarrett Kramer, Bailey Rice, Ben Zager and Joe Khalife.

Underclassmen that Schifko hopes to see succeed on the field are juniors Zach Getchius, Joey Stevenson, Will Meier, John Slivinski, and Mitch Carlson, and sophomores Gavin Saylor, Ryan Geroulo, Logan Barlok, and Dru Miller.

PRESS FILE PHOTO Stephen Chenworth is one of four returning seniors that were part of last year's league champion Parkland boys lacrosse team.