Girls lacrosse wins EPC title
Back on April 14, Parkland and Easton girls lacrosse teams played to a one-goal decision at 13-12, where anything could have happened.
But last Monday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, it didn’t take long for one team to show its dominance.
The Trojans (15-5 overall) scored seven of the game’s first eight goals to take a 7-1 lead midway through the first half after the game was tied at one.
They were never really threatened on their way to an 18-10 victory and a second straight EPC title.
Senior Lexi Rice started the decisive run with her first of two goals in the game, and also assisted on fellow senior Sarah Stagaard’s third of the contest to cap the string of six straight scores.
“We’ve definitely been working hard at practice for this game,” said Stagaard. “We’ve actually been working since September to play in a championship game. I think we all stepped up and played as a team and it worked out.”
A vital part of winning girls lacrosse games, as Parkland knows well, is winning the draws. Stagaard took most of the draws, and teamed up in the circle at midfield with Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli and Ana Emrick most of the time. Those four seniors played a critical role in the multiple-goal cushion the Trojans had all night.
“I knew I could count on my seniors,” said head coach Dawn Cipolla. “That was a big part of the game. We didn’t want to score and then give the ball right back to them. We spent a lot of time preparing to keep the ball out of their sticks because we knew how powerful they were with possession.”
Sophomore Camryn Barnett tallied four goals for Parkland and seniors Cat Gaffney and Emrick each had two. Rice not only scored two goals, but helped find her teammates for goals, adding six assists.
“I think we settled our offense down more tonight than in games past,” said Rice. “We held the ball and looked for good passes and open players. Everyone moved around well tonight so it was easy to find good passes. We worked hard this week at being patient and waiting for that perfect shot.”
The Trojans can also claim that they were the first Parkland team to win a title on the new home turf field.
Parkland will now be the top seed in the District 11 tournament which begins today. The Trojans have a bye into Monday’s semifinals against the winner of Thursday’s Emmaus vs. Southern Lehigh game.