Girls lax aims for more gold
Athletic. Aggressive. Tenacious.
Those are three words used to describe 2020 edition of the Parkland High School girls lacrosse team by its sixth-year head coach Dawn Cipolla.
That seems to be the sentiment every year for a Trojans program that has been a perennial power not only in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A Classification, but in the state as well.
Parkland is the defending EPC champion and has won four district titles in a row and five of the last six overall, qualifying for the PIAA Class 3A state tournament each year.
“We’ve been fortunate to experience some success here the last few years in my time here,” said Cipolla. “We’ve had some good players and good teams come through this program since I’ve been here and I think this is another one of those teams. I expect a lot out of the girls this year.”
The Trojans graduated a strong core group of seniors including starting goalie Mackenzie Galucy, Mackenzie Roth, Lidia Lisetski and Morgan Hurd, but have a large chunk of returning experience from the 2019 squad.
Cipolla will be able to depend on a number of upperclassmen to contribute this year, with seniors Julia Beman, Jill Bushinsky, Kayla Geraci, Kristyn Kleinhenz, Emily Leiby and Erica Steele, juniors Emily Green, Maeve Leonzi and Sophie Marcotte and sophomore Kaz Kennedy all having played minutes on the varsity level and know what to expect.
Cipolla will also look to some newcomers to the team this year including Jess Brey, Nikki Boyer, Morgan Napolitano, Ella Esteban, Jenny Pope and Elyse Snover.
The goals and expectations remain the same for the 2020 campaign: “To be the best team that 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. We want to be seen as a competitor by every team we face and playing into June. It will be about figuring out a new team chemistry with the loss of some key players and the addition of some new, young talent.”
With the Coronavirus causing cancellations of early games, the scheduled opening game for Parkland is March 31 when it hosts Nazareth High School.