EHS girls beat So. Lehigh
The Emmaus girls’ lacrosse team opened last week with a rough stretch of back-to-back games. After a 14-6 loss to Easton, Freedom scored a game-winning goal with four seconds to play two days later.
So naturally, the Hornets just wanted to get back on the field to try and get that sour taste out of their mouths. And they did just that against a formidable opponent over the weekend.
Three different players scored four goals as Emmaus (6-6 overall; 4-3 in EPC) used a strong end of the first half to down Southern Lehigh, 16-7, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field. Junior attacker Grace Hall, who opened the game with the first goal, scored three straight in that key stretch to end the opening half.
“We played so well,” Hall said. “Southern Lehigh is a really good competitor, and we were really building up to playing them after our loss to Freedom. I thought we came together as a team. We’ve been prepping for this game for awhile, and it was really exciting to play for pancreatic cancer.”
The game was also the Third Annual PanCan event in which proceeds and donations were raised for the HEADStrong Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
With the game tied at 5-5 with 13:45 to play in the first half, Emmaus sought a burst after seeing their 3-0 and 4-1 leads diminish. It got one from one of their leaders in Hall.
Over a three-minute stretch, Hall put two goals past Southern Lehigh’s goalie to help Emmaus regain the lead at 7-5. Then with 3:47 to play in the half, Hall punched in her fourth score to make it an 8-5 Hornet advantage and shift momentum back over to Emmaus’s bench.
“I thought I played pretty well,” Hall said. “It was all because of my team. We were playing so well and attacking, and that is what opened up my opportunities.”
“I think there were some areas that we’ve been struggling on, and I feel like for the most part they really pulled that together today,” Emmaus head coach Roxann Betz said. “They played together as a team, and I think that’s the big thing. It’s a team effort. They are learning it doesn’t mater who scores.”
Hall wasn’t alone though in the big victory. Junior midfielder Taylor O’Brien, who recently hit the 200-point mark for her career, scored four goals and added an assist. Three of those scores came in the first half, with her fourth coming in the second half to push Emmaus’s lead to 12-7.
Senior attacker Paige Weaver also scored four goals in the win. She scored two of the Hornets’ six goals in an impressive second half where Southern Lehigh found the back of the net just twice.
Lizzy Ninesling played the role of facilitator and scorer equally well, assisting on four goals and scoring three more. She ripped two into the back of the net midway through the second half that increased the Hornets’ lead to 14-7.
“I don’t ever want it to be a one-man show,” Betz said. “Anyone can score on the attack, even the defenders who shoot in practices. I really think that has helped them with that.”
“It definitely boosts our confidence and gives us a lot of momentum going into our next game because we need to win the next few to move on,” Hall said. “I think it really brought a good attitude to our team.”
Results from Monday’s game against Governor Mifflin were not available at time of press. The Hornets next travel to Council Rock North on Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. start.