Slow start hurts Hornets in 18-8 loss to Parkland
Saturday’s girls’ lacrosse matchup was a tale of two halves for Emmaus. Unfortunately, the Hornets dug themselves into a hole they could not fully crawl out of.
Despite Emmaus scoring the first three goals of the second half, Parkland’s lead was too much to overcome. The Trojans (4-3 overall; 3-0 in EPC) scored the next four to regain control and cruise to an 18-8 victory at Parkland High School.
“This game is a game of possession, and we weren’t getting possession off the draw in the first half,” Hornet head coach Roxann Betz said. “In the second half, they started to dig a little bit deeper and come up with some of those possessions off the draw, and that makes a huge difference.”
The Hornets’ start is one that Betz couldn’t have imagined. Parkland’s Morgan Hurd scored four of her game-high five goals in the Trojans’ 9-0 offensive avalanche out of the gate. And Parkland led 11-1 with just under two minutes remaining in the first half.
But as the half started to wind down, the Hornets (4-2, 2-1) made their move. Grace Hall and Kaitlyn Csensits each scored goals in the final 10 seconds of the half to get the Hornets within 11-3.
The momentum rolled over into the second half. Hall and Csensits both scored again soon after intermission, their goals coming 24 seconds apart that cut Parkland’s lead to 11-5. Taylor O’Brien then stole a ball from a Trojan midfielder and scored to make it an 11-6 deficit.
“I think we scared them there in the beginning of that second half because we were trying to get back in that game,” Betz said. “We definitely made some adjustments on both ends of the field for the second half, which I felt worked well, and at least we know that going into the second game against them this season.
“Our attack wasn’t running our attack in the first half. So that hurt us when we did get the ball down there. I think at halftime we talked to them about what they needed to do. They came out in the second half and played with a lot of heart.”
Parkland won 18 of the 25 faceoffs, but O’Brien was able to win a number of those in the second half. It resulted in Emmaus’s attack striking early and often.
But the Hornets’ momentum was short lived. Parkland got on the board after 10 minutes of scoreless play in the second half when Kaz Kennedy ripped a shot by goalie Chloe Gerhard. Emily Leiby (four goals) then scored about three minutes later to push the Trojans’ lead to 13-6.
“They changed the rules on the draw this year, and it’s just taking time to learn what is allowed and what’s not allowed,” Betz said. “I think Taylor had definitely shown the fight she had in her to come through with some more of the possessions in the second half.”