PHS girls lax falls to Wilson West Lawn
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was plagued by a slow start and was not able to make a comeback last Saturday morning, falling 11-7 in a nonconference game to Wilson West Lawn at Parkland High School.
The Trojans (3-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) opened their season with consecutive wins against Moravian Academy and Central Catholic before facing the Bulldogs.
The yearly tilt against Wilson, a perennial tough opponent from the Reading area and District 3, is used as a measuring stick for Parkland.
With the Trojans trailing 3-2 late in the first half, the Bulldogs scored three straight goals and held a 7-4 lead at halftime that put Parkland into a hole that it eventually could not climb out of.
Despite the setback, Trojan head coach Dawn Cipolla saw some positives from the game.
“Saturday’s game was the best I have seen the girls play this year,” said Cipolla. “When it was 3-2 with 10 minutes left in the first half, they had those three quick goals that deflated our attitude a bit. We played hard and never gave up. Mackenzie Galucy (seven saves) played awesome in goal with multiple saves. It was a great team effort. We as coaches were very pleased with how well the girls have been playing. Wilson is a very good team with a lot of speed. Possession was the key to the game.”
Through the first two weeks of the regular season, attackers Camryn Barnett and Abby Pope tallied their 200th and 100th career goals, respectively. The duo combined for three goals in the game against Wilson, with Barnett recording two and Pope adding one. Mackenzie Roth had two goals, and Morgan Hurd and Abby Giacobbe each added a goal apiece for the Trojans.
Parkland bounced back with a win over Southern Lehigh, and finishes this week with games against Northampton on Thursday and at Emmaus on Saturday. Cipolla hopes to see continued improvement after her team’s first defeat of the season following the Wilson game.
“We try to plan our out-of-conference games and scrimmages throughout the season with extremely competitive teams,” she said. “We like to use these games as tools to fuel our progress later in the season.”