PHS girls lacrosse falls to Spring-Ford
To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That is a saying that Parkland girls lacrosse head coach Dawn Cipolla is living by early on in 2016. She made sure that quality competition from outside of the area was on the schedule for the early part of the year to prepare her team for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 portion of the season.
Two of Parkland’s first four games this year featured teams that were in other districts. The Trojans did not fare well against the first one, losing to Springfield (Delco) 14-2. And last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School’s new turf field, Parkland (2-2 overall) fell to Spring-Ford 14-7.
“We schedule these games to face good competition that we normally don’t see, and to better ourselves,” Cipolla said. “We know a lot of what we’re going to see around this area, so we use this as a measuring stick of sorts, and to give the girls the experience of a big game atmosphere early in the season.”
The Rams did not waste time getting on the scoreboard. They tallied five goals before Parkland had its first shot on goal.
Cassie Marte, Camryn Jones, Jillian Quigley and Brianna Cirino combined to make it a 5-0 game just 13 minutes in.
Cat Gaffney scored the first goal for the Trojans (2-2) on a free-position shot with 11:17 left until halftime. But just as the senior got Parkland on the board, Spring-Ford added another five to take a commanding 10-1 lead. It was 10-2 heading to halftime thanks to a Sarah Stagaard steal and assist for another Gaffney goal just before the horn.
“We started slow, and you can’t do that against good teams like Spring-Ford,” said Cipolla. “We didn’t have much possession time, and that showed on the scoreboard. They would win a majority of the draws and would hold possession, which would lead to goals. You saw in the second half when we kept possession, we were able to score more.”
Cipolla told her team to look at the scoreboard when it read 10-1 late in the first half. After that, the Trojans made a run of sorts to get themselves back into it and had a fighting chance at coming back.
Lexi Rice recorded the first goal of the second half after a steal on an attempted Rams pass. Marte added a goal for Spring-Ford less than three minutes later, but Parkland went on a three-goal spurt to pull within 11-6 with 13:38 to go. Gaffney had two more, and Anna Emrick had the third in that run.
But Quigley broke the Trojans run with her second of the game at the 6:36 mark, also stopping a seven minute scoreless streak for both teams. Jones and Lauren Mensch tacked on two more goals before Stagaard recorded a late one for Parkland. Abby Pope had an assist in the loss.
“We had a nice run there in the second half,” Cipolla said. “I feel like if we had a little more time we could’ve made it closer. Our possession and run of play that second half really helped us get back into the game. We have some things to work on heading into league play.”
The Trojans will have three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchups this week. Tuesday and Thursday night are home games against Freedom and Northampton, respectively, followed by a rivalry clash at Emmaus on Saturday morning.