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.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team seems to always step up when it matters most. The Trojans flexed their muscles and started fast right out of the gate in scoring the game’s first eight goals, then held on to defeat Easton 12-9 last Wednesday night at DeSales University in the District 11 Class 3A championship game.
It is the fourth consecutive district title for the Trojans, who also beat the Red Rovers in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.
It had never been done before in the history of Parkland’s boys lacrosse program. And it will have to wait another year.
Parkland was one win shy of finishing with a perfect and undefeated record on its way to a district championship. But a hungry rival in Emmaus was up for the challenge and took down the Trojans 7-6 in overtime of the District 11 Class 3A championship game last Friday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex.
Every team wants to be playing its best when it reaches the postseason. The Parkland girls lacrosse team has been one of the hottest teams in the district over the last few weeks and continued its winning ways by taking down Pleasant Valley 21-7 Monday night at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.
The Trojans boast a well-balanced scoring attack on offense, and that showed early on as they had five different goal scorers in the first half and six different players total find the back of the net.
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.