EHS girls fall in semi
Emmaus girls lacrosse second-year head coach Roxann Betz knew that her team had to avoid a slow start in its game with Parkland. The two teams know each other well and meet at least twice a year, sometimes three or four times.
Coming from behind is difficult against any team, let alone the defending District 11 3A champions.
Unfortunately for the Green Hornets, they faced an 8-2 deficit late in the first half and were unable to come all the way back, falling to Parkland 14-8 Monday evening in the district semifinals at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy stadium.
“My message to our girls coming in was we beat them last year and we knew that they are beatable,” said Betz, in her second year at the helm of the Hornets. “I truly felt we could beat them if we played a good game, especially if we played like the way we played them the last time. Getting off to a good start was really important, but unfortunately we dug ourselves into a hole early and could not get out.”
Emmaus (11-9 overall) went goal-for-goal with Parkland (17-5) for the first five minutes of the contest.
Junior Grace Hall scored the first of her two first half goals to tie the game at 1-1 1:13 after the Trojans put up the first goal on the scoreboard. Classmate Taylor O’Brien also tallied a goal to tie up the game, this time at 2-2 with 20:03 left in the first half.
But after the O’Brien tally, the Trojans scored six unanswered to take a commanding six-goal lead (8-2). Hall found the back of the net with just 44 seconds left in the first half to cut the Hornets deficit to 8-3 at halftime.
“It’s always hard to come back down by five goals at halftime,” Betz said. “But against a team like Parkland, it’s even more difficult.”
The Trojans would record the first three goals to open up the second half and increase their advantage to 11-3 before sophomore Kaitlyn Csensits broke the streak and notched a goal for Emmaus.
Two consecutive goals from Parkland gave the Trojans a 13-4 lead, their biggest of the game, with 9:36 remaining.
Csensits added her second minutes later, and senior Lizzy Ninesling and O’Brien combined for three goals in a span of 38 seconds, with Ninesling tallying two of the three. She finished her career with 99 goals, just one shy of the 100 goal milestone.
Emmaus will have a majority of its roster back next year to make another postseason run. Ninesling, Paige Weaver and Megan Cater are three starting seniors that will depart the program.
“We will miss our seniors, but they’ve done a lot of good things for our program,” said Betz. “I’m looking forward to what we are bringing back next season.”
Junior goalie Chloe Gerhard made nine saves for the Green Hornets.