The Parkland girls lacrosse team was back in the PIAA tournament for the second time in program history, and the first time since 2014. After beating Easton to win the District 11 title, the Trojans advanced to the state playoffs led by a senior-laden lineup, with all six as starters.
Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli, Ana Emrick, Cat Gaffney, Lexi Rice and Sarah Stagaard all played in their final game last Wednesday evening at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in a 16-7 loss to Bishop Shanahan in the first round of the state tournament.
The last time the Parkland and Southern Lehigh boys lacrosse teams played, back on May 3, it was a one-goal game with the Spartans winning 14-13.
Last Thursday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium, there was a very similar result, but this time a lot more riding on the game.
It was the ending that the Parkland girls lacrosse team was hoping for, just maybe not the opponent. The Trojans (17-5 overall) wanted a chance to win another District 11 championship, but they would have liked to have faced Southern Lehigh, the team that beat them in the final a year ago. The Spartans were also the last District 11 opponent to get the better of Parkland.
It was a familiar atmosphere last Wednesday night at Easton Area Middle School.
For the third consecutive year, the two teams battling for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title, were the top two teams in the league all year. And once again, top seeded Parkland got the better of second seed Emmaus in three games (25-15, 25-20, 25-18).
It was the second time this season that the Green Hornets (15-2 overall) were swept by the Trojans (17-1 overall) as the defending state champs achieved the first of three primary goals for this season.
The Parkland and Emmaus girls lacrosse teams met for the third time this year when they squared off last Monday night in the District 11 semifinals at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Ten first-half goals, and a stout defensive unit, guided the Trojans to a 14-9 win over the Green Hornets in the district semifinals.
It was the Trojans’ third straight win over Emmaus this season.
Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko could be heard in the post-game huddle telling his players that nobody outside of their program had any faith in them or believed that they would win.
But high-intensity play on both ends of the field led the Trojans to a 12-7 win against top seed Easton Tuesday night in the District 11 semifinal at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
It was the second win for Parkland in the district tournament, after falling in their first game last year. They took down rival Emmaus 14-6 last Thursday in the quarterfinal round.
Once the year is over, six seniors will have left their mark and gone down in Parkland girls lacrosse program history.
Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli, Ana Emrick, Cat Gaffney, Lexi Rice and Sarah Stagaard have all been at least two-year starters, and have been varsity members for multiple years. And they are winners.
With a victory last Monday evening, the Trojans (15-5 overall) captured their fourth straight league championship with an 18-10 victory over Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team had seen Central Catholic twice during the regular season, and both times it had beaten the Vikings (14-11 on March 31 and 15-9 on April 28).
Beating a team three times in a row is always a tough task, and it proved to be too difficult for the Trojans last Thursday evening at Parkland High School.
Back on April 14, Parkland and Easton girls lacrosse teams played to a one-goal decision at 13-12, where anything could have happened.
But last Monday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, it didn’t take long for one team to show its dominance.
The Trojans (15-5 overall) scored seven of the game’s first eight goals to take a 7-1 lead midway through the first half after the game was tied at one.
They were never really threatened on their way to an 18-10 victory and a second straight EPC title.
It looked as if the lights at the baseball field at Parkland High School would have to be turned on.
The afternoon baseball game between Parkland and Central Catholic had gone to the ninth inning tied at zero, and with the clock pushing past 7 p.m., there was still no end in sight.
Both teams’ starting pitchers were throwing gems. The Vikings had more of the scoring opportunities, but Michael Jenkins and Braeden Duff got outs when they needed to, and kept their team in it.