Since a one-goal loss to Manheim Township back on March 28, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team had reeled off 11 straight victories, including seven in conference play, heading into last Thursday's contest against Parkland.
The way they captured win No. 12 in a row might have been their most impressive of the season.
After the Hornets raced out to a three-goal lead in the first period, the Trojans rallied to scored five consecutive goals and led by two with just under eight minutes to play.
Following last Tuesday's overtime loss to Nazareth, the Emmaus girls lacrosse team was back on the field two days later against Central Catholic looking to get back on track.
And just a few minutes into Thursday's contest against the Vikettes, the Hornets began to make their statement to the rest of the conference.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team stared at a three-goal deficit heading into the fourth period of their non-conference game against District 3's Manheim Township last Thursday.
Despite trailing 6-3 after the Blue Streaks got a key goal with 1:15 to play in the third period, the Hornets never folded. They responded and scored two goals within the first 5:02 of the final period to make it a one-goal game, and had a number of chances at tying it in the final minute.
Two years ago, the Emmaus girls lacrosse team captured both the LVC title and District 11 championship.
That was Nancy Debellis's first season as an assistant coach on the team.
This year DeBellis is in her first season as head coach, and the Hornets will look to once again reach those heights.
"We'd like to go through LVCs and the districts," said DeBellis. "That is our goal, to get into that first round [of state playoffs]. Hopefully we can build from this team and get in that first round and get a win.
In its season opener against Southern Lehigh in the Lehigh Valley Faceoff Classic, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team's play only seemed to get better as the game progressed.
In fact, it got a whole lot better.
Leading by just two at halftime, the Hornets (1-0) ballooned their lead to 14-6 after three periods of play and routed the Spartans 16-7 to open their season with a victory on Saturday evening at Memorial Field.
The Emmaus boys and girls track and field teams will open up the 2013 season next week when the Hornets host Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday.
The girls team went 7-2 in the LVC last season, and while the team lost a number of participants from a year ago, a number of key pieces are returning as the Hornets again aim for the top of the standings.
Expectations for the Emmaus boys lacrosse team are generally high at the beginning of the season.
Much of the same is expected from the Hornets this year.
Head coach Scott Ketcham expects his Hornets - who have won four straight LVC championships and two of the past four District 11 titles - to once again be among the conference and district leaders.
He got an LVC crown in his first year as head coach, and the Hornets will look to give Ketcham his second in as many years in 2013.
The opportunity to secure a postseason birth in the District 11 4A boys basketball tournament was at stake for the Emmaus boys basketball team during last week's game against Bethlehem Catholic.
With that on their mind, and an opportunity to respond to a tough loss to Liberty two days earlier, the Hornets dismissed the Hawks on Thursday night, 66-52, at Bethlehem Catholic High School.
"We're eager to get into the postseason," said Nate Feiertag. "With this win we're now eligible for districts. We want to keep our season alive."
Following their tough loss to Easton on Friday, it was important for the Emmaus boys basketball team to respond after their second conference loss of the season with the upcoming portion of their schedule looming.
And the Hornets wasted little time in doing so.
Just a day later, the Hornets used a suffocating defensive effort in avenging that defeat with a dominating 67-40 victory over Boyertown at Emmaus High School.
After two tough losses to McKeesport and Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the Penn Hills Tournament in Pittsburgh to close out December, the Emmaus boys basketball team sought to open the new year on a positive note in conference play.
And in their first contest since returning from Pittsburgh, it was a total team effort from the Hornets in defeating a scrappy Northampton team on Friday night at Emmaus High School. Behind all five starters scoring in double figures, the Hornets held off the Konkrete Kids for the 59-47 victory.