Girls lacrosse wins fourth straight game
Parkland’s last and only conference loss came nearly three weeks ago when Emmaus used a strong second half to down the Trojans by a single goal. Since then, Parkland has won six of its last seven games, including all five EPC matchups.
While that loss to the Hornets was just a week into April, Parkland head coach Dawn Cipolla’s team learned a lot from that meeting. It set a spark in which Parkland has been able to outscore its league foes 71-33 during that stretch.
“I think the Emmaus loss helped us focus on the little things in the game that count the most,” Cipolla said. “Our team is playing well. We are continuing to work hard and tweaking the little things.”
Since that loss to Emmaus, the Trojans (11-4 overall; 7-1 in EPC) bounced back quickly with an impressive 10-8 victory over Nazareth two days later. Then, Parkland handed Easton its first and only EPC loss with a 12-10 victory over the Rovers.
To go along with those close victories, Parkland has also taken care of business against the teams it should. The Trojans downed Pleasant Valley 20-9 to open this week, which was preceded by dominant wins over Freedom (10-3) and Liberty (19-3) last week.
“We are playing well as a team,” Cipolla said. “We continue to work hard and hustle in each game. We are capable to compete in any game we put our minds to.”
Cipolla was also quick to point out how her team played against North Penn over the weekend. After the Trojans fell behind 5-2 in the first half on North Penn’s home field, the Trojans tallied six goals in the second half to earn their fourth non-league win of 2017.
Camryn Barnett (who leads the Trojans with 74 goals this year along with 10 assists) scored six times in the North Penn comeback win. She’s been one of the league’s top scoring threats and showed just how effective she can be when Parkland had its back against the wall.
“North Penn was a great game,” Cipolla said. “The girls played with heart and hustled like I have never seen them play before. Camryn Barnett and Brie Barraco played phenomenal.”
Abby Pope is second on the team with 41 goals scored and 10 assists, while Mackenzie Rothe has pitched in with 17 goals and six assists. Brooke Cipolla recently collected her 100th ground ball.
In goal, Brie Baracco has recorded 137 saves this season alone (281 for her career) in helping Parkland to an average of 5.5 goals allowed per game during its current four-game win streak.
With the postseason just two weeks away, Parkland is tied with Emmaus atop the three-team EPC Skyline Division. The Trojans, Hornets and Easton (Steel Division) all have one loss and will battle for the top spot in the upcoming league playoffs.
Parkland will take on Allentown Central Catholic on Thursday at 4 p.m. A rematch against Emmaus awaits in the season finale on May 8.