Young Saints end winning season with shutout victory

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 2, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Daniel Parrish winged in four goals and three assists and Jett Johnson had a hat trick as the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy junior varsity lacrosse team completed its first winning season of the millennium Friday, charging to a 10-0 victory over visiting Norfolk Collegiate. The win also assured the 8-2 Saints of a first-place TCIS finish.

Parrish set the tone for the game when he yanked the opening face-off from an NC player, bolted down the center of the field, and fired a shot into the net 10 seconds in.

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&uot;I was amped for this game,&uot; Parrish said. &uot;I had a defender come across me, and he was facing right, so I went left and scored.&uot;

He didn’t let up, taking the next face-off and shooting a pass to Johnson near the left goalpost for the second goal eight seconds later. &uot;We wanted to intimidate them and break their confidence down,&uot; Parrish said. &uot;Getting on them from the get-go gave us strength.&uot;

He passed to Johnson for another goal with just over five minutes left in the period, and Delany Oaksman battled through the Oak defense on the right side of the goal box at the four-minute mark. He tossed a pass over the goal to Allen Hotchkiss, who came around the left side of the net, bounced off two defenders, faked out two more, and scored the fourth goal. Blake Demsko gave the Saints a 5-0 lead with 3:22 to go.

Two minutes into the second quarter, Parrish headed towards the center of the goal box. Finding his way blocked, he passed to the right out to Carter Pearson, who charged into the mass of defenders. One hit his stick and knocked the ball out, and it bounced back toward Parrish, who scooped it up, high-stepped into the box, and snapped in the goal.

He took a steal all the way down the field with 4:16 left, and Craig Zirpolo stole the ball from a Bulldog at the two-minute mark and sent it to Johnson in the middle for another score.

Parrish charged all the way down the field for another goal midway through the fourth quarter, and Ian McHorney finished off the scoring on an assist from Oaksman with 1:12 to play in the contest.

All the while, goalkeeper John Lotz fought off every NC shot for his second shutout of the season (the first came over Norfolk Academy, whom the Saints swept this season for the first time in school history).

&uot;I was a little nervous,&uot; said the eighth-grader, &uot;but this shutout boosted our confidence.&uot;