Article By: TODD KRESS firstname.lastname@example.org
Momentum is a key factor in most sports. Lacrosse is no different.
After Parkland took a one-goal lead by scoring three of the final four goals in the first half, the momentum suddenly shifted to Emmaus’ bench and never left Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field. The Hornets (5-2 overall, 3-0 in EPC) scored the first five goals of the second half to regain the lead and held on for a 13-12 victory over the Trojans (6-3, 3-1).
It was Parkland’s first East Penn Conference loss after trouncing Northampton a day earlier, 16-5.
“I feel we didn’t play to our potential,” Trojan head coach Dawn Cipolla said. “We made a lot of mistakes on our own, and Emmaus forced us to make a lot of those mistakes as well.”
The mistakes weren’t as evident in the first half when Parkland took a quick 1-0 lead and changed several leads with host Emmaus. Camryn Barnett was a big reason why, scoring four of her five goals in the opening 25 minutes.
Emily Leibey punched in the final goal of that first half with just four seconds remaining on the clock. It seemed to be an appropriate finish for a team that scored three goals in the final 3:32 of the half.
Instead, Emmaus came out on fire after intermission. And one goal from Grace Hall just three minutes into play set up the Green Hornets for an avalanche scoring assault.
Holly Brinckman, Paige Weaver, Lizzy Ninesling and Maddy Dorn all scored during the next 6:29 that put Emmaus in complete control at 10-6.
Parkland, however, wouldn’t go away without a fight, and an impressive one at that. The Trojans’ comeback started when Abby Pope and Mackenzie Roth scored back-to-back goals just 16 seconds apart to cut Emmaus’ lead to two goals with 14 minutes to play.
“I’m very proud of my girls for never giving up and continuing to play until the last minute of the game,” Cipolla said. “We are a younger team with a lot of talent and heart. We will learn from this loss and move forward in our play by tweaking the little things that count the most in the game.”
The Trojans got within a goal on two separate occasions down the stretch. After Barnett scored her fifth and final goal of the game with 6:05 remaining, Pope ripped a shot past Hornet goalie Nina Carotenuto.
Shannon Bushinsky scored with 16 seconds remaining that made it a one-goal game again, and Parkland had its chance to complete the comeback after it won the ensuing face off. Carotenuto, however, was there to save the Trojans’ 23rd and final shot on goal.
One of the most noticeable differences in the second half, particularly early, was Emmaus’ decision to key on Barnett.
“Camryn was still able to be successful while being face guarded, but our team still needs to adjust to that,” Cipolla said.
The Trojans got back on track early this week with a 10-8 win over Easton.