Girls lax gets revenge on So. Lehigh
Parkland girls lacrosse coach Dawn Cippola had been preaching to her team that it only needed to score one more goal than its opponent to win games. She could be heard saying that to the players during timeouts and at halftime of their clash with Southern Lehigh last Friday night at Parkland High School, a rematch of last year’s District 11 title game.
For much of Friday’s contest, it did not look like the Trojans would even get within a goal of the Spartans. Then a 13-minute, five-goal spurt by Parkland (8-3 overall, 6-0 EPC) gave the Trojans a one goal win, 11-10. It was their second one-goal win in a matter of two days as they took down Easton 13-12 on Thursday. They have now won six straight.
Cat Gaffney put home the game-winner with just 30 seconds left off of a feed from sophomore Camryn Barnett, and after they won the ensuing draw, ran off the clock and onto the field to celebrate a season-defining victory.
“Our coach always tells us you only need one more goal than the other team to win,” said senior Ana Emrick, “It definitely showed tonight.”
“I think our big thing,” said Cippola, “is we keep saying we only need to win by one. We needed to play with heart and we dug down deep and we never gave up. It’s a great win right now because we’d lost to them in districts.”
The Trojans were in a hole early. Southern Lehigh scored the game’s first four goals, and held a four goal lead (8-4) at halftime. And that is when things changed in favor of Parkland.
A Spartans player picked up two yellow cards in the first half, and according to rules was disqualified from the game. But she went onto the field to start the second half and the team received a yellow. When another player picked up a card, the fourth of the game, Southern Lehigh was forced to play a man down for the remaining 20-plus minutes.
After a goal from Lauren Wolf to spike the lead to 9-4, Gaffney and Emrick scored. With another Wolf goal bringing the score to 10-6 with 14:06 left, the Trojans found life.
It began at midfield, when seniors Sarah Stagaard and Sage Barnett tag teamed the draws to secure possession. That led to five unanswered goals from Parkland, and leading scorers Stagaard, Gaffney, Emrick and Cam Barnett combined to take their team over the top.
“We knew playing a man up that we had to take advantage,” said Emrick. “We really wanted this game. We didn’t want to lose to them again.”
The defensive unit, led by Sage Barnett, Alex Borrelli and Brooke Cipolla, held the Spartan offense in check for the majority of the second half. Goalies Mackenzie Galucy and Kaitlyn Kuhns combined to make four saves.
Emrick scored three goals, while Lexi Rice, Gaffney and Cam Barnett added two goals each. Cam Barnett finished with three assists. Abby Pope also found the back of the net for the Trojans.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Emrick said. “It kind of felt like a playoff game. It’s great to come away with this win.”