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Reece Wieder (14) is of several seniors on this year’s Emmaus boys lacrosse team that hopes to get a chance to build on last year’s success.PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Reece Wieder (14) is of several seniors on this year’s Emmaus boys lacrosse team that hopes to get a chance to build on last year’s success.PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK

Boys lacrosse hopes to defend D-11 title

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Last May the Emmaus boys lacrosse team found itself back where it had been for a majority of the last decade.

After a four-year hiatus, the Green Hornets were able to hoist a district championship trophy. They went through an undefeated Parkland to win the District 11 Class 3A title, the program’s first since 2015.

The win meant a lot to Emmaus, handing the two-time defending district champ Trojans their first loss of the year.

“It was a great accomplishment for the boys last year,” said third-year head coach Desi Gonzalez. “Winning districts meant a lot and it was huge for our program, but then we fell short in the state [playoff] run. That will definitely be a point of emphasis going into this season. We want to go further.”

Like every high school team around the state and most of the country, the Hornets are just hoping that their season will resume at some point. With schools closing for three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, the spring sports season won’t get underway until at least mid-April.

When, or if, the 2020 season gets underway, the Hornets plan to build on last year’s success despite losing several key players to graduation.

Gonzalez and his staff lost most of their scoring last season with the graduations of Bailey O’Connor, Evan Bahgat, Sam Conway and Ryan Thomas. Emmaus will need to find new players to make up for the scoring punch that the 2019 graduates brought.

The strength of the 2020 edition of the Green Hornets will be on defense.

“We have most of our experience and returning talent on defense this year,” said Gonzalez. “Last year I was able to rely on some of our leaders on offense to score, but this year our leadership will come on defense.”

The defensive unit is led by some upperclassmen including seniors Reece Weider and Rich Tracchio, along with junior Matt Dapper. The Green Hornets will also have returning upperclassmen with starting experience in the midfield, with seniors Mike Leschinsky, Grant Hawkins and Max Eugster and junior Zach Whalen back.

Emmaus should once again have the pieces in place to compete for league and district championships.

“Our main goal this year is to get back to the district final and win another championship,” said Gonzalez. “We’re going to have a strong chance to compete for a chance to play in the state tournament, but we want to go even further.”