Emmaus boys lacrosse falls in district final
In the third meeting between the Emmaus and Parkland boys lacrosse teams this season, the Green Hornets had a tough time scoring goals.
Recording just one goal in the first half, Emmaus dug itself into a hole that it could not get out of, falling to the Trojans 13-5 in the District 11 3A championship game last Thursday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex. It was a rematch of last year’s district title game, also won by Parkland.
“They came out with a good game plan and I have to give credit to them,” said head coach Desi Gonzalez. “It’s the first time I’ve faced them as a coach that they changed their normal game plan and really came after us. They came after us and executed it well.”
The Hornets (13-8 overall) ran into a hot team playing its best lacrosse over the last two months in the Trojans (19-3). Parkland has won 13 games in a row and 17 of its last 18, with the lone setback in that streak a one-goal loss.
The Trojans scored back-to-back goals early on to start the game, and led 4-1 after the first quarter. There was little scoring in the second quarter, as Parkland had the lone goal and took a 5-1 lead into halftime. After they added two straight tallies to start the third quarter, the Trojans were able to just move the ball around and let the clock tick.
“To play as hard as we do on defense, that just shows how good they are on offense,” Gonzalez said. “I’m proud of my guys. They really left everything they had out there on the field. I’ve never seen a defense more exhausted than after tonight.”
Parkland won 13-of-18 faceoffs, which helped lead to the extra possessions and time management in their favor. They also boasted six different goal scorers.
Bennett Nakao led Emmaus with two goals. Sam Conway, Hunter Krauss and Devon Boyko all added one goal for the Green Hornets, who had their lowest goal total since April 19 when they lost 11-3 to Parkland.
“We were getting shots, but also hitting the goalie and the pipes a couple of times,” said Gonzalez. “It wasn’t anything uncharacteristic, we just weren’t finishing them.”
Emmaus goalie Gabe Kleis had a busy night as he was peppered on goal by Parkland shots. The senior finished with 11 saves and helped keep his team in the game.
“Gabe had a couple of amazing one-on-one stops and played really well tonight,” Gonzalez said. “He got left to hang out to dry a little bit there, but he came up huge a lot of the times. If you ever want to have your playing career end, it’s like that. He played out of his mind.”
Emmaus has its season end in the same game as a year ago. It will once again graduate some talented players, but will also have a large group returning. And with Gonzalez now having a year under his belt at the helm, the Hornets will once again be a contender in District 11.