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WHEELING — Wheeling Park was able to generate offense early Tuesday and that made the difference as the Patriots defeated John Marshall 8-3 inside Wheeling Island Stadium.

Park senior Grant Parshall struck like lightning to start the game, scoring his first goal less than 20 seconds into the game and then again less than a minute after that to give Park (3-3) a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

“It’s always a boost to get goals early,” said Park coach Thomas Salkovick. “They set the tone for that half or that quarter.

“He was just one particular player that made the most of his opportunities. He saw his opportunity and he took it and it worked out for us.”

Park added another goal in the opening frame and led 3-0 after the first quarter.

The second quarter started much like the first, as Parshall found the back of the net very early and Park got another goal from Ben D’Accione a couple of minutes later.

“I think they came in and wanted it a little bit more,” admitted JM coach Eric Lynch. “They were the ones who scooped up all the ground balls, I think they put in all the effort and made the hustle plays that they needed.”

The Monarchs (2-9) got one goal back, but went into halftime trailing the hosts 6-1.

“We’ve gone through that most of this year, going down one or two in lacrosse isn’t bad,” Lynch said. “I think resilience has been what we’ve been taking pride in.”

The scoring slowed in the second half as both teams, and both goalies, started to settle in.

Max Wiley made 17 saves in net for the Patriots and John Marshall’s Cameron McClure was just as impressive, also recording 17 stops.

“Max Wiley has been standing tall all year for us,” Salkovick said. “He does a nice job for us and he’s got a nice defense to help him out, too.”

“He’s my senior captain, he talks very well,” Lynch said of McClure. “He’s been probably the best goalie I’ve coached in the last five years. Sometimes he can steal a few (goals) that maybe should have gone in against other goalies.”

Both teams scored two goals in the second half as the Patriots were able to sit on the early lead they built and take the 8-3 victory.

“I was happy with the result, John Marshall’s a good team,” Salkovick said. “Coach Lynch does a great job with the program and I knew they would come prepared. They played well and they played hard but somebody’s got to win and somebody’s got to lose.”

Parshall finished with five goals and an assist to lead Wheeling Park. D’Accione scored twice and logged an assist and Noah Britton also found the back of the net once. Kaden Schnarr recorded an assist.

Karson Ebert, Travis Wright and Luke McCauley all scored for the Monarchs. Cam Anderson logged two assists and Jack Thomas had one.

Wheeling Park has a road doubleheader against Capital and St. Albans on Friday while John Marshall will not be back in action until a game at Preston County on April 30.

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