Parkland girls beat Freedom
Jess Leiby scoops up the loose ball. She twirls her stick to secure the prized possession and begins streaking down the field.
En route she weaves through defenders with just one thing on her mind, scoring a goal. As she approaches her destination she plants her feet and fires a shot past the goalie as she sees her hard work come to fruition.
The senior midfielder repeated that process three more times as she netted four goals in the Lady Trojans' lacrosse team's defeat of Freedom, 22-3, last week on Parkland's senior night.
That win improved the Trojans, as of Monday night, to a 11-0 record in the Lehigh Valley Conference and an 12-4 mark so far this spring.
Being a huge contributor to the offensive attack is the norm for Leiby. Head coach John Seitzinger has many quick and talented players in his midfield.
"I feel that we have a lot of speed in the midfield," he said. "We not only have Jess Leiby. We have Mackenzie Galli and Sophie Castillo. They push the ball."
All three of those players validated their coach's words on senior night and have done so all season long. Galli netted three goals to go along with her three assists. While Castillo, who is just a sophomore, but you wouldn't know by her skill set, had three assists and two goals on that chilly evening under the bright lights in Allentown.
That threesome repeats that act almost every game as they all contributed to the scoring attack in a game against the Nazareth Blue Eagles in early April. In that 14-13 overtime win over fellow LVC girls' lacrosse elite Leiby led the scoring again with four goals with her fourth being the game winner in the extra period.
Although all the statistics may show that Leiby is the leader of the pack, she says it is a group effort.
"I believe that there are many girls that lead," she said, "Not just the midfield, but the whole team. Between Sophie, Kelsey Carlon and Mack Galli, we all lead the girls together."
Moving forward this team is the obvious favorite to take home some postseason hardware. Seitzinger cites his team's inability to read opponent's defenses as an area of need, but he is positive as the regular season winds down. "As long as we can run our sets and do what we have to do against the tougher opponents such as Southern Lehigh, I think we will be all right."
The Trojans' defense is nothing to scoff at either. Led by the likes of junior Sydney Adhieh, this speedy defensive unit works off the lethal firepower of their offensive teammates in order to win contests. Seitzinger and his staff are hoping that the players will keep their focus and play hard every game.
If they oblige, they will have some great opportunities to hoist league and district trophies in the coming weeks.