Hawks silence Panthers in conference win

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Reed Stanton looks for an open man against Parkview High School. Latrice Williams The Paper.

The Mill Creek boys lacrosse team taught the Parkview Panthers a lesson or two in lacrosse in route to a 13 – 5 victory.

“We played a little sloppy, but it was a win. We took a lot of shots and a lot of them went in. I just wished we could have played a little cleaner,” said head coach Bo Adams.

Mill Creek High School completely dominated time of possession in the first quarter. They held possession for multiple minutes at a time and completely disrupted their opponent’s offensive strategy. Parkview High School was able to withstand the first MCHS attack of the night, but Andrew Eubanks broke the scoreless tie with 9:29 in the quarter.

Being a man up, Zach Roper doubled the Hawk’s lead with eight minutes to go in the quarter. The MCHS defense forced turnovers and didn’t allow a shot on consecutive PHS possessions, but the Panther’s finally scored with five minutes to go bringing the team within one. That’s as close as they’d get. Alec Bussink and Nick Kozlowski each responded with goals for the Hawks less than a minute later.

The dominating performance continued for the Hawks into and throughout the second quarter. They outscored their opponents once again 4 – 1 in the quarter increasing their lead to six on goals by Will Peek, Brandon Proctor, Nick Eldridge, Sam Kibidilis. It was a total team effort in the first half as nine different players scored and MCHS won all but two of the face offs.

With less than four minutes to go in the third, Kozlowski recorded his second goal of the night and then his second assist of the night on a score by Blake Christian. Eubanks charged from behind the goal, faked a shot that fooled two defenders and scored the team’s third goal in two minutes.

“We did a good job of moving the ball around. We were trying to have more assists tonight than goals,” said Adams.

Certainly Kozlowski , an All-County selection last season, did not disappoint in this match up. He finished the night with two goals and three assists. His third assist coming in the fourth quarter to Reed Stanton on the team’s final goal of the night. Eubanks tied with Kozlowski as the team’s leading scorer on the night with two goals of his own.

“[Kozlowski] played with the long pole tonight. It’s his first time this season playing with the long pole and he’s pretty deadly with that. It’s pretty cool,” said Adams.

Mill Creek (2-1, 2 – 0) looks to remain undefeated in conference play as they face the Grayson Rams at home tomorrow at 7 p.m. at home.