Boys lax falls PIAA game
For the first half of an opening round PIAA boys lacrosse playoff game last Wednesday night, it looked as if District 3 runner-up Wilson was going to run away with it.
The Bulldogs (24-1) scored the game's first eight goals in defeating the Green Hornets for a second straight year in the same round, 13-7 at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
It wasn't the way that head coach Scott Ketcham and Emmaus (18-5) imagined his team would come out and play after an emotional victory against rival Parkland in the District 11 final less than a week earlier.
"It's tough because it's not like the NCAA tournament; it's not just nice to be here," Ketcham said. "We really wanted to make a run and go deep, and the kids believed that.
"But the room for error for this team was small, and we didn't hit that window tonight, and we have to live with that."
Wilson controlled momentum in the first half after opening the game with its first goal, and they only allowed the Green Hornets 11 shots in that half.
"We didn't come to play tonight, and that's hard to understand when you're in the PIAA tournament," said Ketcham. "It hurts. It hurts a lot. To know what this team can do, and then to show up and give them such a head start, it's a little unacceptable."
Wilson's head coach Bill Hughes noted that from last year's game, when Emmaus led by four goals in the fourth quarter, that team's can't take anybody lightly and after trailing they have to bounce back.
Well, this time around, the Bulldogs didn't take the Green Hornets for granted, and weren't going to dig themselves into a hole, leading 8-1 at halftime.
Emmaus showed some sparks, by getting goals from Joey DiCaprio and Nick Tonno to decrease the Wilson lead to 8-3 midway through the third quarter.
By the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs regained that seven-goal cushion when they scored twice in just 35 seconds.
"Their big players made big plays, and they did it right from the start," said Ketcham. "In a game like this, it's a game of spurts, and we didn't get going until way too late tonight."
Patrick Camilli scored twice, and DiCaprio, Tonno, Collin Tucker, Jared Baker, and Zack Bernhard all netted one goal apiece for the Green Hornets. Matt Horton made one save and Kevin McGee stopped three shots.