Girls avenge loss to EHS
Plenty was on the line in Monday’s Emmaus-Parkland girls lacrosse rematch.
For one, the host Trojans had a chance at redemption after Emmaus used a strong second half to top Parkland last month, 13-12. But more importantly, the No. 1 seed for this week’s Eastern Pennsylvania playoffs was up for grabs.
Not only did the Trojans earn that top seed on their home turf Monday night, they left little doubt as to why. Parkland (9-1 in EPC, 14-4 overall) jumped out to an 8-0 lead through the first half and was never tested en route to a 14-2 rout of the Hornets (8-2, 13-5).
“We had a little bit of revenge on our mind,” said junior goalie Brie Barraco. “We were like ‘we’re not going to let it happen again.’ We just wanted to go out and play together. The outcome worked.”
The offense was dialed in from the opening whistle. Two goals from Abby Pope in the opening four minutes gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead and set the tone early on.
Pope, who finished with four goals and three assists, set up a wide open Camryn Barnett for one of her three goals to increase Parkland’s advantage nine minutes into play. And Mackenzie Roth, Jill Bushinsky and Barnett each scored within two minutes of one another to essentially put the game out of reach.
“The biggest difference was definitely playing as a team,” Barraco said. “In the first game, we were very individual. We weren’t looking for passes. We were playing sloppy. But today we cleaned it up. We were working together. We were picking each other up.”
But while the offense was busy scoring in bunches, the defense was quietly pitching a shutout for more than 30 minutes, a feat largely unheard of in lacrosse. Along with Barraco, who recorded 11 saves and her 300th of her career, seniors Brooke Cipolla, Shannon Bushinsky and Makenna Warminsky and junior Abby Gillespie anchored the Trojans’ back unit to a dominant showing.
Emmaus didn’t get on the scoreboard until Kendelle Conrad scored with 19:44 remaining to make the score 9-1. By then, the Hornets had run out of time.
“It makes me really happy because I’ve been working really hard the past three years to improve myself,” Barraco said. “I’m really proud of my team for helping me get there because without them I wouldn’t be able to make all of these saves and get the clears off.
“We definitely worked together, and we are really good at communicating to each other. Now at this point of the season, I think our defense has really peaked. They are getting open for my clears.”
Morgan Hurd and Roth scored back-to-back goals 1:05 apart to push Parkland’s lead to 11-1. Then, Pope found a streaking Hurd in front of Emmaus’ goal to keep the foot on the pedal and give her team a 12-1 lead.
Results from the semifinals round were not available at time of press. Parkland faced No. 4 seed Nazareth on Wednesday, while Emmaus and Easton squared off in the other semifinal game.
The two winners will face off for the championship Monday evening at Northampton High School.