Trojans end Emmaus’ season in semi
Parkland opened Monday’s district girls’ lacrosse semifinal game with two goals in two minutes. But Emmaus, which lost to the Trojans to end its regular season by a 14-2 final score, proved this time would be much more competitive.
Despite a hard-fought effort with a short-handed team that was missing four starters, the end result was the same.
Emmaus rallied from the early two-goal deficit and even led by a goal late in the second half. But Parkland, coming off an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship last week, had too much firepower offensively.
The Trojans broke open a 10-10 game by scoring the final four goals to down the Hornets and advance to the championship game on Wednesday.
“We were down four of our original starters from earlier this season until the end here,” head coach Roxann Betz said. “We had three freshmen starting today who played most of the game. They stepped up and did an amazing job for us. It was tough losing some of our key players, but we had a lot of girls that stepped up and played well.”
Those three freshmen were Tori Brinckman, Kaitlyn Csensits and Emma Schoenly. They played a pivotal role in replacing Maddy Dorn and Paige Weaver’s scoring production. They made an impact immediately.
Brinckman got Emmaus on the scoreboard nearly six minutes into the game. Then Taylor O’Brien, the Hornets’ leading goal scorer this year and a First Team EPC All-Star, set up Schoenly for the game-tying goal early in the first half.
In back-and-forth first half in which neither team separated itself by more than two goals, Lizzy Ninesling scored back-to-back within 2:22 to give the Hornets their first lead at 5-4. Parkland, however, got goals from Emily Leiby and Abby Pope to end the half.
“They started off with our first two goals,” Betz said. “I think that helped some of the older girls even settle down. We realized we could get the ball in the net and that it wasn’t a problem.
“We got the shots in the last game, we just didn’t finish. We really worked on getting the shots in the back of the net. And getting some of the younger ones in there, it’s a different feel and they were very energetic. They wanted to play.”
Morgan Herd opened the second half with a tally 1:07 into play, but Emmaus would have an answer nearly every time. And it was mainly from O’Brien. After Grace Hall got the Hornets within a goal, O’Brien tied things up with a rip past Trojan goalie Brie Barraco.
O’Brien (three goals, one assist) then negated a Parkland goal from Makenzie Roth with one of her own, tying the game at 8-8 with a little over 16 minutes to play. Hall made it 10-10 shortly later with her second of the half.
But Parkland got a boost from its scoring leader when it needed one most. Camryn Barnett scored two of her team-high five goals in a span of 32 seconds that increased Parkland’s lead to 12-10 with 8:15 to play.
Roth, who also scored five in the win, scored with 4:31 remaining to essentially put the game out of reach.
“I told the girls at the end that the score didn’t reflect how they played,” Betz said. “I thought they played their hearts out. They should be proud of themselves. We were in that game, and we definitely turned it around from the last time we played them.”