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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZParkland’s Shannon Bushinsky carries the ball as two Emmaus players are in pursuit during Monday’s game. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZParkland’s Shannon Bushinsky carries the ball as two Emmaus players are in pursuit during Monday’s game.

Girls lacrosse tops EHS

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Coming into the 2016 season for the Parkland girls lacrosse team, the question wasn’t can they score, but who will score for the Trojans. Last year with Sophie Castillo and Mackenzie Galli doing a majority of the scoring, Parkland has been tasked with filling those voids and trying not to skip a beat.

Last week, the Trojans had two games, and combined to score 40 goals and two wins. And last Monday night in a makeup game against rival Emmaus, Parkland netted 18 goals in taking down the Green Hornets 18-9 at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.

The Trojans (5-2 overall, 4-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) remained hot against Emmaus, winning their 11th straight in the rivalry, dating back to the 2012 season.

“Emmaus is always a school rivalry and it’s always a big deal for us to play them,” said senior Sarah Stagaard. “They’re a good team so it was fun to go out and play them and get the win tonight. We went out and played as a team, and it worked out well for us.”

The key to success in lacrosse is winning the draw, and Parkland led in that category 15-8, and it showed in the score column. With the win of the draw comes possession time, and the Trojans took advantage jumping out to a 4-0 lead within the first five minutes with two goals from Stagaard and one each from Cat Gaffney and Camryn Barnett.

Parkland scored on its first two shots of the game as Gaffney and Barnett found openings in the defense and slotted it home. Seniors Gaffney (4 goals), Stagaard (3) and Ana Emrick (3) have stepped up their games offensively as upperclass leaders of the team, but there is also firepower from the younger ranks.

Barnett, a sophomore, had a game-high five goals. Fellow sophomore Abby Pope tallied two goals, and junior Shannon Bushinsky also found the back of the net for Parkland.

“We have a lot of girls that have good shots and are capable of scoring,” Stagaard said. “We just passed the ball around and looked for who had a good shot at goal. Everyone out there is a threat, so it makes it tough for other teams not to just focus on one or two players.”

Emmaus came into the game having scored 38 goals in its last two outings. But the Trojan defense, anchored by seniors Sage Barnett and Alex Borrelli, along with junior Brooke Cipolla, held the Green Hornets’ attack in check for much of the night. In the second half when Parkland took control of the game, the defense prevented the Green Hornets from scoring for more than 14 minutes.

Stagaard and Pope contributed two assists each, and Cam Barnett and Lexi Rice had one each.

“We’ve won all of our games in conference so far,” said Stagaard. “But we have a lot of good games coming up this week with Nazareth (Tuesday), Easton (Thursday) and Southern Lehigh (Friday). So we just need to keep pushing forward.”