Barnett scores five in win
Some people that follow high school lacrosse in the Lehigh Valley thought Parkland’s Camryn Barnett should have been the East Penn Conference MVP. The junior midfielder scored five goals in the Lady Trojans conference championship win last week.
And again on Monday, Barnett made a solid case for those MVP arguments.
Barnett scored a game-high five goals for Parkland, including pivotal back-to-back scores midway through the second half to give the Lady Trojans a two-goal lead they wouldn’t relinquish. In all, Parkland scored the final four goals and held Emmaus scoreless over the final 11 minutes to earn a 14-10 victory at Northampton High School.
The victory advanced the Lady Trojans onto the District 11 Class 3A championship against Easton, a rematch of last week’s EPC title game.
“We definitely knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game,” Barnett said. “We knew we were going to have to come out and give it our all because we knew they weren’t going to give up with anything. They were going to fight for everything.”
Unlike the prior contest between the two teams—one in which Parkland rolled to a 14-2 victory in both squad’s regular season finale—the Lady Hornets held their own. Emmaus even led in the first half, although briefly, after Lizzy Ninesling scored two goals to make it 5-4.
No team led by more than two goals through 45-plus minutes. But Barnett’s string late in the second half proved to be the difference maker. She ripped a bullet by Emmaus goalie Nina Carotenuto to put Parkland in front 11-10 with nine minutes to play. Abby Pope then set up Barnett 32 seconds later to equal the Lady Trojans’ biggest lead of the game.
“I just wanted to keep up the momentum of my team,” Barnett said. “I think that helped us a lot, along with everyone else getting the ball in the back of the net. Also our defense played an amazing game, stopping the ball and doing a lot of things down there.”
The defense held the Hornets to just five goals in the second half, none over the final 12:02. Makenzie Roth scored her fifth and final goal with 4:31 to play that all but sealed the deal, and Pope put the final stamp on Parkland’s win.
“They face-guarded me, so it was definitely more difficult for me personally to get open,” Barnett said. “But I know a lot of other girls on my team worked so hard today to get open and make great things happen. It wasn’t just one person.”
Early on it looked as if the crowd might be in store for a repeat of Parkland’s dominant showing earlier this month against Emmaus. The Lady Trojans led 2-0 within the first two minutes after Morgan Herd and Barnett opened up with two quick strikes.
Emmaus, however, responded after freshmen Tori Brinckman and Emma Schoenly scored back-to-back goals. The Lady Hornets stayed within striking distance the rest of the first half, but Emily Leiby scored to tie the game at 5-5 with 3:12 left in the half. Pope scored a little more than a minute later to flip the seesaw back in favor of the No. 2 seeded Lady Trojans.
Result’s from Wednesday’s championship game were not available at time of press. See next week’s issue for coverage.