Last year did not sit too well for the Parkland girls lacrosse players.
After five straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships, the Trojans’ streak was broken by Easton last year. But they did something about it this time around.
Parkland jumped all over the Red Rovers from the get go, taking an 8-3 lead at halftime and then continuing its pursuit in the second half to win back the EPC title 12-6 last Monday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in a persistent rain.
The Parkland and Central Catholic boys lacrosse teams know each other well. Over the last two years, the Trojans and Vikings have played against each other six different times, including twice in the regular season and once in the postseason. They have been two of the top three or four teams every year in District 11 and their games have always been highly contested.
Last Monday night was no different.
Parkland had a lead for nearly the entire game, but found itself ahead just 9-8 with 3:40 remaining in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was using time to figure out certain roles for individual players after the graduation of several key pieces last season, and it has been rising into form of late.
After weather forced the Trojans to postpone their game with Central Catholic last Friday night, they used that extra day to prepare for their next opponent, North Penn. And it seemed to help.
After a six-game win streak in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play dating about a month, the Parkland boys volleyball team suffered its first league loss since the first of April to rival Emmaus. But the Trojans used a four-set defeat at Easton in the week prior as motivation and got back onto another win streak by sweeping Pocono Mountain East 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-16, 25-9 last Monday night at Parkland High School.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team may be under a new regime, but it has still played like its old self all year during the 2019 regular season.
The Trojans have met every obstacle that has come into their path so far this season under first-year head coach Mike Bender, a former Emmaus High School player. That continued last Thursday night.
Leading all game against rival Emmaus, Parkland was forced to show that it could finish in holding off a late rally from its rival en route to taking down Emmaus 9-8 at Parkland High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
The Parkland boys volleyball team has been on a roll lately in conference play.
After winning their first two matches of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action, the Trojans suffered a setback against defending District 11 champion Emmaus. But they bounced back by winning the next three league matches and were primed to make it four Monday against Allen.
The Parkland boys volleyball team had been finding a rhythm during the first two weeks of the regular season. It won its opening Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches and earned victories against state-ranked opponents in Ambridge and Lower Dauphin, number one and number eight in the Class 2A rankings, respectively.
But the Trojans lost their rhythm last Monday evening in a three-set loss to defending EPC and District 11 champion Emmaus by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-23 at Parkland High School.
The Parkland boys volleyball team began the 2019 season with a win. The Trojans squared off with a talented and experienced Northampton team in a season-opening victory in the home-opener Tuesday afternoon at Parkland High School by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-23.
Parkland may have had to wait a few extra days to open up its 2019 campaign, as most other District 11 teams did so last Friday, but it proved to be worth the wait. The Trojans came out on top, but they had to fight for every point in every set.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and a District 11 championship last season, their second district title in a row. The Trojans won their first state playoff game in school history, but fell to eventual Class 3A state runner-up LaSalle College High School in the state quarterfinals.
Yes Parkland graduated some talented and experienced players from that roster, but more importantly it brings a good amount of talent back. That includes the EPC MVP in senior attack James Cipolla, an Ohio State University commit.
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.