Boys lax falls in EPC semi
Unlike in its last game, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team fell behind, and this time the Hornets could not cut their deficit to withing striking distance as they fell to Central Catholic 16-8 last Thursday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals at Northampton High School.
The Hornets (12-7) started slow in their regular season finale, allowing the first three goals to Parkland. They climbed back to eventually take a late lead before losing in overtime. But three days later in the postseason, the early hole proved to be too much to overcome.
The defending league champion Vikings (14-5) scored the game’s first seven goals, and were ahead 7-0 with 8:37 left in the second quarter. Emmaus finally got onto the scoreboard with 7:50 remaining, but Central Catholic answered goal-for-goal, with each team tallying three goals each the rest of the half as the Vikings took a 10-3 edge at halftime.
Central Catholic kept pace with Emmaus in the second half, playing mostly a possession game to run clock, and outscored the Green Hornets 6-5 the rest of the day.
While the Vikings offense was on fire for a majority of the game, their defense, led by goalie Nolan Barr, played just as strong. Barr finished with 13 saves, and had nine within the opening 24 minutes to hold Emmaus at bay.
Juniors Bailey O’Connor and Evan Bhagat, and sophomore Michael Leschinsky each tallied two goals for Emmaus, while seniors Hunter Krauss and Brent Meilinger added one a piece. Sam Conway, Krauss and O’Connor all had an assist for the Green Hornets. Ben Franco made six saves, playing all of the second half.
The Vikings were led by a game-high six goals from Matt Marker, three from Harrison Ike, and two each by Todd Gloss and Justin Pasquale.
Krauss and senior Zach Higgins were both named EPC All-Stars.
Emmaus will now wait until its next game in the District 11 3A tournament, beginning next Tuesday, May 22.