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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Irene Lee (3) assisted on a goal in Monday’s district semifinal. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Irene Lee (3) assisted on a goal in Monday’s district semifinal. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Girls lax reaches D-11 final

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The last time that the Parkland girls lacrosse team was on the turf of Al Erdosy Stadium at Northampton High School, it walked off in defeat, losing to Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game last week.

Just four days later, the defending district champion Trojans were back on the very same field in another postseason game. This time, they were victorious, taking down rival Emmaus 14-8 in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals Monday evening.

“This was definitely a much better result for us,” said senior attack Abby Pope. “We didn’t want to have the same feeling that we had the last time we played here, so we played hard from start to finish.”

The number two seed, Parkland jumped all over sixth-seeded Emmaus to take an 8-2 lead in the first half, and led 13-4 late in the second half to advance to the district title game.

Emmaus (11-9 overall) went goal-for-goal with Parkland (17-5) for the first five minutes of the contest.

Senior Abby Giacobbe scored the game’s opening goal just 1:24 in, and after the Green Hornets tied it at 1-1, Parkland’s Morgan Hurd scored the first of her two goals in the game.

Once again, Emmaus found the back of the net within two minutes to even the score.

But conference MVP and senior Cam Barnett would team with Pope and Mackenzie Roth to tally the next six goals, unanswered, to push their team’s lead to 8-3 at halftime.

Barnett had three in the first half and Pope had two, while each scored a game-high four goals apiece in the win.

“I thought that we were more patient offensively and really moved the ball around to get open shots,” Pope said. “We have a balanced offense and have plenty of players that can score multiple goals on any given night.”

With her four goals, Barnett tied the all-time District 11 career goals mark.

“It’s an honor to achieve that with all of the great players that have come before me,” said Barnett. “Credit to my teammates because a lot of my goals are off of passes from them.”

The Trojans would keep their scoring streak going and recorded the first three goals in the first 4:23 to open up the second half and increase their advantage to 11-3 before Emmaus broke the streak with a goal at the 15:16 mark. Roth, Giacobbe and Pope were the three goal scorers.

But two consecutive goals from Pope and Barnett gave Parkland a 13-4 lead, its biggest of the game, with 9:36 remaining. Emmaus scored four of the next five, including three in the final 1:59. But Parkland and head coach Dawn Cipolla had emptied the sideline to play most of her roster.

“It was an important win for us,” Barnett said. “Not only because Emmaus is a rival and a good team, but us seniors didn’t want this to be our last game. We weren’t able to win the league title, so we have another goal we’re going for.”

Irene Lee added an assist for Parkland. Senior goalie Brie Barraco made eight saves.