Girls lacrosse wins EPC title
If there was any doubt about Parkland being a dynasty before Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls lacrosse championship, the Lady Trojans left Northampton High School with little still in question
Camryn Barnett scored a game-high five goals, and Abby Pope and Morgan Herd each scored four in Parkland’s 14-10 victory over Easton in the EPC championship game. The win was the Lady Trojans’ fifth consecutive league title.
“It’s so rewarding because I think every one of us has been putting in such hard work,” Barnett said. “There hasn’t been just one person doing it; everyone is contributing. That’s what we need, especially coming into the end of the season in these big games.”
The only team to beat Easton in the regular season in EPC play was the top-seeded Trojans. Parkland had its number once again.
“Today I think we proved that we deserved to win and how hard we worked throughout the season.” Herd said. “I feel like we know how they play. Since it was our second time playing them, we knew how to play against them.”
The most noticeable turning point came with seven minutes remaining in the first half. An Easton goal was disallowed after a dangerous propelling shot was ruled on the field. That would have tied the game at 5-5, but instead Parkland raced down the field to take a two-goal lead on a Hurd goal.
Not even a minute later, an Easton goal was waived off again after a Parkland foul. Hurd scored again 52 seconds later, sparking a 4-0 spurt that pushed the Lady Trojans’ lead to 9-4 with less than a minute to play in the half. Pope and Barnett scored the other two.
“I think that was one of the keys to winning the game, the amount of penalties they had compared to us,” Barnett said. “Once that happened, we just took control. We possessed the ball, we kept our momentum high, and we cleaned up after each other’s mistakes.”
Easton, which got within three goals on four separate occasions after halftime, could never generate a game-changing run on offensive. Parkland had an answer every time the Red Rovers threatened.
After Barnett scored her first of three in the second half, Easton’s Grace Langen got the Red Rovers within 11-8. Barnett, the Lady Trojans’ leading scorer this season, answered with a rip into the back of the cage.
“I feel like it all started with the draws,” Herd said. “Once we brought it down on the attack, we were on a roll. Our defense knew how the set up, and we had our ways. That’s what brought it down the field in our transition.”
Langen then set up Allison Drake for another Easton goal, bringing it to a 12-9 Parkland lead with about six minutes to play. But an Easton penalty gave Parkland an advantage, and the Trojans didn’t squander the opportunity.
Herd ripped her fourth and final goal into the back of the net to increase Parkland’s lead to 13-9 with 5:07 to play. And Barnett essentially put the game out of reach with a goal with a little over two minutes remaining.
“I’m proud of every single one of us on the team because there wasn’t one of us that let up,” Barnett said. “We cleaned up after each other’s mistakes. I think that’s what got us the win today.
“I know we are just as good as them. I was coming into the game just trying to take each goal from everybody one at a time. Obviously our defense worked really hard together, and just keeping the momentum is what kept us in the game.”