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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBHornet goalie Richard Milker and defender Nate Harris defend the goal during last week’s district title game against Parkland. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBHornet goalie Richard Milker and defender Nate Harris defend the goal during last week’s district title game against Parkland. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Parkland downs EHS in D-11 final

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by TODD KRESS tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

Emmaus couldn’t have asked for a better start when it opened up last week’s District 11 Class 3A boys lacrosse championship with a quick 3-0 lead over top-seeded Parkland. The only thing Hornet head coach Scott Ketchum thought might have deterred his team was that the Hornets might have gotten a bit complacent.

Parkland quickly tied the game at 3-3 minutes later. And after two 30-minute weather delays in the first half, the No. 1 seeded Trojans eventually captured their first district title with a 15-9 win over Emmaus at Lehigh University last Thursday.

“We wanted the lead,” Ketchum said. “We got so fired up being up 3-0, I think we almost fell asleep and we had a 3-3 game real quick. For having a young team it’s tough sometimes. You have to learn some lessons and things like that. We lost our composure at times in this game, and we will learn that lesson now because this one is going to hurt.”

Back-to-back goals from Emmaus’ Tyler Corpora tied the game at 7-7 with just over two minutes to play in the second quarter. But Parkland went on a game-defining run over the final 2:26 of the half that the Hornets could not recover from.

Parkland scored three before the halftime whistle blew, including two from sophomore Greg Santa Anna. The final tally came with just 12.6 seconds left in the half that put the Trojans ahead 10-7, and the second of two weather delays going into the break gave Parkland all of the momentum over the long stop in action.

“It hurts,” Ketchum said. “They get the momentum, but they don’t just get it for a minute and a half, they get it for 33 and a half minutes with the lightning delay. They didn’t stop. We didn’t stop. They executed a little bit better tonight. You have to give them a heck of a lot of credit.”

Emmaus scored the first goal of the third quarter on a tally from senior Jared Baker, but that two-goal deficit is as close as the Hornets would get. Parkland scored four goals over the final 6:31 of the quarter, and Gavin Saylor’s rip into the back of the cage gave the Trojans a commanding 14-8 lead.

The Hornets, who scored just two goals in the second half, didn’t get on the board until midway through the fourth quarter when Gabe Vansuch scored.

“I think we had a bad 10-minute stretch there,” Ketchum said. “Tonight was a game of runs. They have offensive firepower, and if we come unglued mentally a little bit for about 10 minutes time, that’s a lot of time in a 48-minute game because that’s a team that can score. They are as talented as a team that we’ve seen around here.

“It’s hard to beat a team four times, and it’s hard to beat a team that works so hard and plays hard like us. I think maybe in some cases we played a little too hard tonight and made some mistakes because of it.”

After Emmaus took control early with three goals in the opening two minutes, Parkland found its footing. Ryan Geroulo scored two of the next three goals and the two teams found themselves in a 3-3 tie with 5:42 to play in the first quarter.

“It felt good, and maybe a little too good,” Ketchum said. “We played fast early and often. We got a lot of goals. We pumped seven in the first half, and then in the second half I think we pushed too much, not hitting some open guys or shooting in the right spots.”