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Neither team had much breathing room at any point of last week’s District 11 Class 3A girls lacrosse championship game. But much like the previous two meetings against Easton, Parkland had the Red Rovers’ number down the stretch.
Easton, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, got within a single goal on two occasions in the final 6:25 after Parkland had led 8-5 a little beyond the midway point of the second half. But the No. 2 seeded Trojans were able to run out the clock down the stretch for their second consecutive district crown last Wednesday at Lehigh University.
“It feels really good, especially to be a part of this team with all of the people,” said sophomore Makenzie Roth. “The seniors, it’s their last year, and I love winning with these seniors. But I’m really happy that we’re all part of a team that did win the first consecutive district titles.”
After Emily Tuturice ripped a shot by Parkland goalie Brie Barraco to get within 8-7 with six minutes to play, the defending district champions had an answer. After a whistle stopped play, Roth took the ball nearly half the length of the field, and fired a shot past Easton’s Rylee Soltis to regain that coveted two-goal lead.
Maddie Caffrey then found an open Hanna Doerner that once again cut Parkland’s lead to just a goal with 1:47 to play. But the Trojans won the faceoff and were able to hold off any potential comeback.
“I did see a lane open to go to goal,” Roth said. “I personally always like having a space cushion. Yes, we need to win by one, but I think being up my two always gives us just a little bit more of a comfort zone.”
Three of Easton’s four losses this season have come to Parkland, including the EPC championship game a week prior. The only other loss came in the state tournament on Tuesday, a 20-8 loss against Owen J. Roberts.
The Trojans have certainly had Easton’s number, not just this year, but last year as well.
“We’ve been working so hard to tweak all the stuff,” said senior Abby Pope, who scored two goals in the first half. “Easton is such a strong team. We’ve just been working really hard.
“They are definitely one of our biggest rivals. It used to be Southern Lehigh, but Easton definitely has stepped it up the past few years. Last year we faced them in districts, too, and it just feels so good to beat them. It does get really physical out there.”
Easton took an early 2-0 lead just six minutes into play after Leanna Deegan assisted on the first Red Rover goal, and then punched in the second in a two-minute span. But the Trojans regained their footing.
Leading scorer Camryn Barnett got Parkland on the board not even a minute after Easton’s second. Pope scored the first of two first-half goals to tie the game at 2-2.
Pope’s goal with 3:29 to play in the half retied the game at 4-4, and Roth, who led all scorers with four goals, gave Parkland its first lead of the game just 18 seconds later.
The Trojans held a three-goal lead for about three minutes before Easton started its comeback, scoring two in the next 1:10 to get within a goal.
“We just needed to be really patient,” Pope said. “I was really nervous. I know that we were all flustered around. Our coaches were yelling at us on the sidelines to help us get where we needed to go.”
“I think our defensive did really well,” Roth said. “Brie, she was doing amazing. She had saves on saves on saves.”
Parkland’s season came to an end on Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament, as Garnet Valley handed the Trojans a 15-10 defeat.