District champs want more The Emmaus boys lacrosse team wants to make a run in the state playoffs
Ever since a defeat to Central Catholic in last year's district boys lacrosse title game, Emmaus has adopted a 'not content' mentality after feeling a sense of disrespect from the Vikings.
Fast forward a year, and it was a different story this time around.
Behind four goals from Nick Tonno and five scores after intermission, the Hornets (17-6 overall; 8-2 in LVC) got a revenge with their 8-4 defeat of the Vikings (13-6 overall; 6-4 in LVC) in Friday's District 11 AAAA championship game at Emmaus' Memorial Field. The win propels Emmaus into the state tournament against District 3's No. 2 seed, Wilson West Lawn, on Wednesday, May 29 at Nazareth Area High School.
"This year, we didn't want that feeling again," said head coach Scott Ketcham. "We just didn't want to. We didn't feel like they respected us at all after the last time we played them. And that bothers us. Our slogan has been 'Not Content' because we've been not content since that game a year ago until now."
"The thing that mostly gave us motivation is the disrespect the team got the entire season," said Tonno. "Everybody in the Lehigh Valley, they doubted us this year, and they thought we weren't going to be the team. They were sick of us this year."
The Hornets got two goals within the first 30 seconds of the fourth period to push their lead to 7-2. Marc Feldman found Nick Tonno for his fourth goal of the game that made it 6-2 13 seconds into the period. Drew Phillipes, who had two assists and a goal on the day, added one of his own 17 seconds later.
The Vikings scored consecutive goals within 1:21 early in the fourth to cut it to 8-4, but Emmaus goalkeeper Garrett Miers and the rest of the Hornet defense halted any attempted comeback.
"In a big game like this, you get a little too amped up every once and a while," said Ketcham. "We just slowed it down in the third and fourth quarter, and just finished the game off really well. I was really proud of these kids."
Tonno scored his first goal late in the first period on a man-advantage that put the Hornets in front. The Vikings scored midway through the second period to tie it, but four straight goals by the Hornets gave them a 5-1 lead with 8:30 to play in the third.
"It doesn't really matter about me scoring, I play for the team," said Tonno. "If there's another guy open, I just take the shots I have. It's really a team effort and I don't play for myself. I play for the team and family I have around me."
"He's been so coachable this year and that's the amazing part," said Ketcham of Tonno. "For someone to take coaching, take criticism, and look into his game and improve so much and go from 10 goals to 50 goals is pretty amazing."
Despite being the lone team standing out of District 11, the Hornets are not satisfied just yet. When asked when they would be content, Ketcham's response was simple: "Hershey sounds good," referring to a state title game.
Game time for Wednesday's first-round state playoff game against Wilson West Lawn is slated for 7 p.m.