A week ago, Easton coach Brad Bachman said his Red Rovers had tasted a “modest pie” after a 13-2 defeat to Parkland.
They were the happier and hungrier team in the boys ’semifinals in lacrosse on Monday night’s Eastern Pennsylvania conference at Al Erdos Stadium in Northampton.
Sown No. 3 Easton outscored No. 2 Parkland 8-5 in the first game of the doubleheader playoffs.
No. 1 Allentown Central Catholic survived No. 4 Freedom 14-9 at night.
Easton (15-3) and Central Catholic (16-0) will play for this year’s EPC title at 7.30pm on Thursday in Northampton.
Red Rovers coach Brad Bachman, trailing 5-4, tied the score at 2:25, remaining in the third quarter when freshman Xavier Parker scored a pass from Bryce Billings. Easton claimed a 6-5 lead in the first seconds of the fourth period when Sean Wilson scored another pass from Billings.
The Red Rovers, who won 7-2 in the EPC, then counted the last two goals in the game to set the final score.
Senior Trent Griffin led Easton with three goals and Billings gave up three assists. Junior Drew Filipowicz scored twice for Parkland.
“During the break, assistant Dave Bennett told our guys that their three goals were the same,” Bachmann said. “We told them that if we pay it off, we will be in good shape in the second half. We scored two penalties and overcame that wave of momentum. We started to own the sword and put it off. ”
Bachmann praised Griffin and Billings for their prime-time performances, as well as outstanding defender Nino Ricalino.
Ricalina is a two-time EPC star.
“His defense helped turn the tide,” Bachmann said. “Nino pushed him into the transition, and when he starts moving his legs, we know something good will happen. He really emptied his tank, and our children rallied behind him. “
The meeting between the teams was the second meeting in a short time.
The playoffs on Monday canceled out Red Rovers ’surprising 11-goal defeat by Mike Bender’s Trojans (14-4) on May 2nd.
“Last week we were very emotional after several good victories,” said Bachmann, a long-time coach of Istan. “We were too arrogant. We tasted a modest pie. I liked the way we reacted tonight. “
In the second game Allentown Central Catholic was on the way to an easy 29th victory in a row.
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The Vikings led 7-1 at the break before the Patriots scored six goals in a row and tied the score at the start of the fourth quarter. Central Catholic team coach Kevin O’Neill has responded to this energetic challenge and walked away from Freedom within the last 10 minutes.
Senior Ben Scandon scored four goals and two assists for the Vikings. Senior Nick Pamaevich scored four goals and gave the assist. Liam Drake’s score of 9:09, which remained, broke a draw of 7 and won the game.
Alex Hume led Freedom with three goals. Conor Bevan and Jared Carabinus scored two goals each for the Patriots coach Tony Fabricio (14-4).
Central Catholic defeated Liberty 19-0 on 5 May.
On Thursday, Central Catholic is aiming for its second consecutive EPC Championship, and Easton will try to win its first crown of the conference after Red Rovers claimed the titles in 2015 and 2016.
Michael Blues is a freelance writer.
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