Emmaus girls lacrosse head coach Nancy DeBellis has high goals for her team in 2016. And it shows when looking at the schedule. Two of the first three games this season were against high-caliber teams from outside of the area.
The first one, an 8-5 loss at Wilson West Lawn last Wednesday, did not go the way the Hornets had hoped. But they were back at it last Friday afternoon against Central Bucks East.
In an offensive showing for both teams, the Patriots outlasted Emmaus (1-2) 19-15 at Emmaus High School.
Coming up just short has been in the backs of the minds of the Emmaus girls lacrosse program for four straight years. The Hornets have fallen in the conference finals each of the last four seasons. Last year, they dropped a 14-10 contest to Parkland, and then were sent home in the first round of the District 11 tournament with a 12-4 defeat to Moravian Academy.
But 2016 is a different year, and Emmaus brings back plenty of experienced players that are looking to break through in the league and district tournaments.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team finished 2015 with a 17-4 overall record and a second-place finish in District 11, advancing to the PIAA second round after taking down District 12 champion George Washington in the first round. But 2016 will look quite different for the Green Hornets.
The 2016 season could be historic for the Emmaus boys lacrosse team. The Green Hornets will be searching for their fourth straight District 11 title, which would be the most of any school in boys lacrosse since it became a varsity sport.
Emmaus finished last season at 14-7 and earned a berth into the state tournament.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has been in its fair share of big games this season, including four match ups against the third-ranked team in the state in Parkland.
Saturday afternoon, just days after their fourth loss this season to Parkland, the Green Hornets (19-8) took on Pocono Mountain West with their season on the line in a District 11 third-place game. Facing a win-or-go-home situation, Emmaus came up with it’s most important win of the season.
They have had to do it all season, and last Saturday night at Freedom High School junior guards David and Matt Kachelries came up big to salvage the Emmaus boys basketball season.
The Kachelries brothers combined to score 38 of their team’s 48 points to help defeat Allen 48-43 in the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
“They’re both all-stars and they played like all-stars tonight,” said head coach Steve Yoder. “Good players play really well in big moments and I’m glad they are wearing the green and gold.”
Head coach Steve Yoder’s game plan was simple: slow down the pace of the game to keep the ball in the hands of his offense and out of Parkland’s.
Emmaus slowed down the tempo, but could not slow down the top-seeded Trojans enough. Parkland struggled to find a rhythm, but ultimately found a way to beat the Green Hornets for the third time this year 44-36 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals last Wednesday night at Liberty High School.
The regular season did not end the way the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped it would. Needing to beat Whitehall last Wednesday night in the season finale to clinch a first-round home game in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, the Green Hornets fell to the Zephyrs in overtime and dropped from the number three seed to the fifth seed.
That loss did not seem to sit well, as the Hornets bounced back three days later to take down fourth seeded Stroudsburg 53-43 last Friday night at Stroudsburg High School.
Coming into the final game of the season, the Emmaus ice hockey team was unbeaten in its last three games and hadn’t lost since a 7-6 setback on December 21.
And after one period of play last Monday night it looked as if the Green Hornets (5-9-1) were going to continue their unbeaten streak, up 3-1 after one.
But three straight goals and some heavy hitting helped Easton to a 7-6 regular season finale win at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.
Two days after scoring his 1000th point at home in front of his family, David Kachelries was back at it, but with some help from one of his family members in his brother Matt.
David and Matt Kachelries combined to score 49 points and lead a comeback effort for a crucial 74-67 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference road win at Central Catholic last Friday night.