EHS boys lax starts 6-0
It was an early season battle of unbeaten teams that included both of the top two boys lacrosse squads in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 when Emmaus and Easton met on a rainy field last Friday afternoon at Easton High School.
The Green Hornets (6-0 overall, 5-0 EPC) took control of the game and gave themselves some breathing room in a three-goal second quarter where they held the Rovers (5-1, 4-1) scoreless and then outscored Easton 6-3 during the final two quarters to win 11-4.
Emmaus has now won its five conference games by an average of 12 goals, and has won all six games by at least three goals this season.
“It’s been a nice start to the season,” said head coach Desi Gonzalez. “We’ve played well and I want to continue seeing them play at a high level.”
The conditions were rough for footing and vision and it showed early on in the game with only six goals scored in the first half.
Emmaus went up 2-1 after the opening quarter in a back-and-forth first frame where the two teams were just trying to get their bearings with the weather conditions.
The second quarter is where the game was won as the Green Hornets scored three times and held Easton without a goal in taking a 5-1 lead into halftime.
“That was an important stretch for us,” Gonzalez said of the second quarter. “We know they’re a good team and we had to distance ourselves a bit somehow because they can get on a run.”
Emmaus scored two third quarter goals and then outscored Easton 4-2 in the final frame to earn the victory.
Six Hornets found the back of the net, including juniors Michael Leschinsky and Alex Adamczyk, who both posted a hat trick. Senior Evan Bhagat tallied a pair of goals, while classmates Bailey O’Connor and Sam Conway and sophomore Zach Walen each had one. Sophomore goalie Ben Franco made seven saves for Emmaus.
The Hornets took down Northampton less than 24 hours later last Saturday. Emmaus has games against Liberty (Tuesday) and Bethlehem Catholic Thursday.