Girls lax seeks four-peat
The Parkland girls lacrosse program has been the class of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 over the last five-plus years, and it will look to continue the winning trend in 2019.
The Trojans have won three consecutive district championships and four of the last five, and have continued to reload, even after the graduation of some key contributors each and every season.
This season will be no different as two of its top scorers from last season in Camryn Barnett and Abby Pope graduated, while multi-year starting goalie Brie Barraco has also run out of eligibility.
Head coach Dawn Cipolla, in her fifth year at the helm, will look to a new crop of athletes to help her team back to the top of the league and district.
“I think that we are athletic, aggressive and show a lot of tenacity,” said Cipolla. “And those are three really good qualities in a team. On the other hand, we are rebuilding our offense because we lost two major scorers, and it’s also important continuing to develop our defense.”
Seniors Makenzie Roth (midfield), Morgan Hurd (attack), Lydia Lisetski (defense) and Mackenzie Galucy (goalie) are some experienced, returning upperclassmen, along with juniors Jill Bushinsky (midfield), Emily Leiby (midfield) and Erica Steele (defense). Sophomores Emily Green (defense) and Maeve Leonzi (attack) are returning underclassmen that saw time on varsity last season.
Some players that Cipolla will depend upon for contributions this season include seniors Jess Bahnick (attack) and Maddy Galucy (attack), juniors Kristyn Kleinhenz (defense), Claire Todaro (attack) and Julia Beman (goalie), sophomores Jess Brey (midfield) and Sophie Marcotte (defense) and freshmen Kaz Kennedy (midfield) and Morgan Napolitano (defense).
The Trojans want to be “the best team we can be with hard work, determination, and never giving up,” Cipolla said. “With the combination of all three of these things hopefully we will be able to bring our game to a whole new level.”
Parkland opens its 2019 campaign on Saturday at Springfield in a nonconference season-opener.