The Parkland boys volleyball team used its size and hitting power to overmatch Emmaus Tuesday night at Emmaus High School’s auxiliary gym 3-0 by scores of 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 in a battle of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference unbeatens and leaders of their respective divisions. The win moves the Trojans to 8-0 on the season while Emmaus falls to 7-1.
Parkland girls lacrosse coach Dawn Cippola had been preaching to her team that it only needed to score one more goal than its opponent to win games. She could be heard saying that to the players during timeouts and at halftime of their clash with Southern Lehigh last Friday night at Parkland High School, a rematch of last year’s District 11 title game.
Three weeks ago, the Parkland football program was in the spotlight because its head coach’s retirement. Last Wednesday afternoon, two Trojans players were back in front of media for the first time since playing in the PIAA state championship game in December.
Nolan Ridgway and Steven Feher, along with cross country and track runner Mikayla Stoudt, were honored in a ceremony at Parkland High School where the three student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the NCAA level.
In their four wins this season, the Parkland boys lacrosse team has lit up the scoreboard. The Trojans have averaged 19 goals through those four victories. And they were at it again last Tuesday night.
Seven different players combined to score 17 goals in a 17-5 thumping of Nazareth at Andrew Leh Stadium.
The game between Parkland and Pennridge last Friday night came with a lot of hype. The Trojans came into the game ranked as the top team in the state in Class 3A, and the Rams were close behind, ranked No. 3.
But only one team showed up and played to its ranking. Parkland used its height and hitting power to beat the team out of District 1 in three straight games 25-21, 25-18 and 25-16.
“They have a lot of talent and it was great for us to get this win,” said senior libero Jared Silverstein. “They hit hard, so it helps us work on our defense and blocking.
Coming into the 2016 season for the Parkland girls lacrosse team, the question wasn’t can they score, but who will score for the Trojans. Last year with Sophie Castillo and Mackenzie Galli doing a majority of the scoring, Parkland has been tasked with filling those voids and trying not to skip a beat.
Last week, the Trojans had two games, and combined to score 40 goals and two wins. And last Monday night in a makeup game against rival Emmaus, Parkland netted 18 goals in taking down the Green Hornets 18-9 at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
The defending PIAA Class 3A champion Parkland boys volleyball team is off to the start it were hoping for. The Trojans came fast out of the gate, going 17-1-2 in their first 20 matches, including wins over Derry High School (No. 5 in state in Class 2A) and Pennridge (No. 3 in Class 3A). The only defeat came last weekend against Northeastern (No. 1 in Class 2A) in the Bobcat Invitational Tournament, which the Trojans finished second overall.
Following a 10-5 loss last Saturday morning to Wilson-West Lawn, Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko wanted his team to respond.
The team bounced back in a big way with a 17-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory against Freedom last Monday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
“We came out flat and played like that all game,” Schifko said of the Saturday loss. “I couldn’t understand it because I know what this team is capable of, and they showed that here today [against Freedom]. This is what I expect of them every game.”
To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That is a saying that Parkland girls lacrosse head coach Dawn Cipolla is living by early on in 2016. She made sure that quality competition from outside of the area was on the schedule for the early part of the year to prepare her team for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 portion of the season.
When the Parkland boys lacrosse team lost to Easton 8-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final a year ago, nobody around the program dropped their head. They expected to be there and to win that game, but also knew better things were coming.
But with an upset in their next game against Central Catholic in the District 11 first round, the Trojans season surprisingly ended earlier than most had hoped.