PHS girls win D11 lacrosse title
The Parkland girls lacrosse team wanted to get the sour taste out of its mouth. Coming up on the short end against Easton, two weeks ago, the Trojans did not want to experience that feeling once again.
They had to battle back from down five goals to force overtime in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, but the Red Rovers used their All-Conference, do-it-all athlete Leanna Deegan to score the winner in overtime, and hand Parkland the silver medals.
Fast forward to a week-and-a-half later, second seed Parkland was able to accomplish its goal and amass revenge on top seed Easton 11-8 in the District 11 Class 3A final last Wednesday night at Lehigh University.
It is the third straight district title for the Trojans, and fourth in the last five years.
“It was fuel for this game,” said senior midfielder Camryn Barnett. “It was disappointing losing the EPC’s. So, I wanted this for my team so bad. I’m just happy that we were able to go out there tonight, work as a team, work hard and get the win.”
Senior midfielder Abby Pope single-handedly pushed Parkland (18-5 overall) out in front early on with three goals within the first 10 minutes. Along with classmate Abby Giacobbe, who tallied a first-half goal, the Trojans pushed their lead to 5-2 before Easton (16-3) recorded three consecutive goals to tie the game at five with 3:41 left in the first half.
If there was ever a time that Parkland may have seen flashbacks from its last game with the Red Rovers, it was then. But even with all of the momentum in Easton’s hands, the Trojans did not fold.
Barnett, the EPC MVP, took things into her own hands and notched four straight unanswered goals to give Parkland a 9-5 lead with 13:39 left to go.
“She played the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Trojan head coach Dawn Cipolla said.
From that point on, the Rovers never came within three goals. Credit goes to the Parkland defense and senior goalie Brie Barraco. She finished with nine saves and the defense in front of her, including Katie Rawski, Erica Steele, Lydia Lisetski and Emily Green, held in check the Easton offense, and in particular, Deegan, who’s ability and athleticism has been a pain in their side. Pope and junior midfielder Mackenzie Roth were mainly charged with guarding the towering senior.
“We knew that coming in if we were going to win, we had to stop her,” said Roth. “I thought that we worked really well as a unit, and Brie had a phenomenal game. It was great getting this one done tonight.”
Roth finished with a goal and two assists. Irene Lee, Morgan Hurd and Jill Bushinsky all had one assist each for the Trojans.
Parkland followed the district title with a state playoff win Tuesday. The Trojans beat the fourth-place team out of District 1, Upper Perkiomen, 8-7. It marked the first state playoff win for a District 11 team.
Barnett and Pope scored four goals each in the game, while Roth contributed three assists and Barraco made 11 saves.
The Trojans move on to Saturday’s state quarterfinals where they will face District 1 champ Garnet Valley, which beat District 1 seventh-place team Downingtown East in Tuesday’s first round.