Girls lacrosse season ends in PIAA tourney
After defeating Easton for the second time this season and second time in a postseason game, the Parkland girls lacrosse team was riding a six-game win streak and carrying momentum at the right time of the year.
But the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A champion Trojans (15-8) met a powerful Radnor (18-5) team out of District 1. The 2017 Class 2A state champions jumped out in front early and Parkland could not dig itself out of an early hole, falling 15-3 last Friday afternoon at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
“They work together as a complete defense,” said head coach Dawn Cipolla. “They slid well. They communicated well. They shut us down.”
Added Trojan senior Lydia Lisetski on the Red Raiders, “They have really quick passes, especially in the [midfield]. When one player drives, they know that two defenders will close to double and it’ll open up a draw and dump opportunity. They had a lot of those and we just weren’t quick enough seeing that. They just have a really good offense. They play very well together.”
Radnor scored 11 of the game’s first 12 goals and took an 11-1 lead at halftime, including the first tally of the game 3:48 into the opening frame. When the Red Raiders found the back of the net for their final goal of the first half, with 51 seconds left on the clock, the 10-goal mercy rule (running clock) was triggered.
Although the game was in hand and the clock was continuously running, the second half was much closer. The Trojans scored twice and allowed just four Red Raiders goals.
Parkland received its three goals from Maeve Leonzi, Jess Bahnick and Emily Leiby. Mackenzie Roth added an assist and Kenzie Galucy finished with eight saves.
“I thought coming into the game that we were well prepared,” said Cipolla. “We played six teams in our nonconference schedule that made states last year.”
“I don’t know what happened,” added Lisetski. “We played Garnet Valley, the top team in District One. Radnor was one of those types of teams. I don’t think we were under prepared. Playing those teams helped us, we just didn’t come out strong enough today.”
Cipolla and Parkland will graduate a strong senior class, including Lisetski, Morgan Hurd, Roth, Galucy and Bahnick, who have been part of four straight district championships.