Viera boys lacrosse now 5-0 after dominating Melbourne


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Viera High freshman Bryce Norton (in white) scored twice as the Hawks folled to an easy 17-4 victory over Melbourne Wednesday night.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Viera High boys lacrosse team put it’s quick-strike offense on full display Wednesday night.

Scoring early and often, the Hawks raced out to a 9-0 first quarter lead against the visiting Melbourne Bulldogs on their way to an easy 17-4 victory.

“I think we did pretty good, (but) we could have done better,” senior Dylan Parrilla said. “The offense was on the same page. We worked well together. The defense did great.”

Nate DePlancke had five goals to lead the Hawks (5-0), who have outscored opponents 101-11 so far this season.

Parrilla and Nick Rodriguez both scored three goals and Bryce Norton had two.

Jared Weiss, Matt Lynch, Trevor Williams and Stephen Zoubek all scored once.

Norton and Gavin Wessel tied for the team lead in ground balls with five.

Nick Rossi had 12 saves in goal while Austin Jensen had three.

Viera was in control of the game from the start, using its clear speed advantage and some solid passing to dominate the Melbourne defense and jump out to a big lead.

“We were a little sloppy, but we wanted to make sure everybody got to play, and they did,” Viera coach Charlie Crawford said. “This is our fifth game. We’ve got five freshmen, so we’re still learning how to play together.

“We’ve got a lot of talent. We just need to refine it a little bit.”

Viera will host Cocoa Beach on Monday at 7 p.m. in a district game. The Hawks’ biggest game of the month will come March 28 when they play at Merritt Island in a contest that should decide the regular-season title.