Girls lax hopes to defend title
For the first time, the Parkland girls lacrosse team will be entering the season looking to defend two titles.
The Trojans won a district title in 2014, but last season the Trojans won both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships. It was the third straight season that they reached the district final.
Six starters graduated from last year’s team that finished 17-6 overall, and they were a big part of bringing the program to the top of the league and district over the course of their careers.
Third-year head coach Dawn Cipolla will look for new leaders to emerge, and there are plenty of options on the offensive and defensive side of the field bringing experience and contributions from last season.
It all starts at the back end of the defense, with sophomore goalie Mackenzie Galucy returning after starting as a freshman last year.
Senior defenders Shannon Bushinsky, Brooke Cipolla and Makenna Warminsky are back in front of Galucy, helping to defend the goal.
In the midfield, plenty of scoring returns in juniors Camryn Barnett and Abby Pope, along with sophomore Makenzie Roth.
“Our strengths this year is in our leadership and team chemistry,” said Cipolla. “Our weakness is our youth, where there are a lot of players that will be playing varsity minutes for the first time.”
Seniors Kennedy Frederick and Brie Barraco, along with juniors Abby Giacobbe, Abby Gillespie, and Irene Lee are upperclassmen that will see plenty of playing time this season. Sophomores Morgan Hurd, Lydia Lisetski and Lily Wagner, and freshmen Jill Bushinsky and Emily Leiby are some underclassmen that Cipolla will look to for contributions.
Even with a strong senior class departing from last year’s team, the Trojans have plenty of key pieces that learned the ways and are expecting to compete at the top in the league and district once again.
“Our goal is to play our best game every time we are on the field,” said Cipolla. “Our expectation is to put ourselves in a position to be competitive in every game. Every team in the conference is getting better and I expect them all to compete for the championship.”
Parkland opened up the 2017 season against Bethlehem Catholic this past Tuesday. They will travel to Wilson West Lawn on Saturday to finish off the first week of play.