It was a game that Emmaus needed, and one that the Hornets were supposed to win.
Losers of three of their last four games, including two at the beginning of last week to Wilson West Lawn (14-6) and Nazareth (11-10), the Emmaus girls' lacrosse team needed a boost to get back on track.
During Thursday's game against Freedom, that lift came from one of Emmaus' senior leaders, Dakota Walck.
Emmaus gave last season's Lehigh Valley Conference girls' lacrosse champions all they could handle last Thursday.
However, for head coach Nancy DeBellis's team, it just wasn't enough down the stretch against Parkland.
Despite trailing 11-9 in the second half, sophomore Destanee Watkins scored her fourth goal of the game with 2:48 to play that tied it at 11 all. But after Parkland won the ensuing faceoff, the Lady Trojans ensured they would have the last opportunity on goal.
Unfortunately, it didn't pan out as the Lady Hornets would've hoped.
Emmaus senior attacker Nicholas Tonno scored a goal with 13.6 seconds to play in the third period of Wednesday's Lehigh Valley Conference boys lacrosse battle against Parkland, giving the Hornets a 5-3 lead going into the final 12 minutes of play.
That lead held for over half of the fourth period, and the Hornets remained in control as the clock continued to dwindle down.
However, as head coach Scott Ketcham noted, the way the Hornets closed out the game left the door cracked open a bit instead of closing it shut when there was a chance.
Emmaus boys lacrosse head coach Scott Ketcham knows that a lot of people are looking at Parkland as the Lehigh Valley Conference favorites this season.
And with the Hornets graduating 14 seniors, including a number of Division I college players, from last year's District 11 championship team, those predictions aren't farfetched.
But you can bet that isn't sitting well with Ketcham and the Emmaus boys' lacrosse team.
Emmaus senior Joey Nicolini had not made more than three three-pointers in a game this basketball season.
It may have not been a regular season high school basketball game, but Nicolini can now add that to his list of accomplishments.
The Emmaus girls' lacrosse team is hoping to have an entire season that resembles the second half of last year's schedule.
After enduring a tough first half of the season at 3-6, the Lady Hornets turned things around in their final nine regular season games, going 6-3 to earn a spot in the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 playoffs.
A year later, the Lady Hornets are hoping to put together another successful campaign after finishing 8-4 in conference and 10-11 overall last season. They're hoping it doesn't take as long to get going this year, however.
As the Emmaus boys' volleyball season gets underway, head coach Deb Schlosser will face one of the biggest challenges of her career leading the Hornets.
One of the biggest question marks heading into the season is the void left by All-State and All-Lehigh Valley Conference selections Gabe Shankweiler and Collin Stanton. Shankweiler (371 kills) and Stanton (296 kills) were the team's top hitters from last season and both have graduated. The two helped the Hornets to a 15-5 overall record (9-3 in the LVC) and a District 11 Class AAA championship.
Not many people gave the Emmaus boys' basketball team any chance at what they would go on to accomplish at the beginning of the season.
The Hornets were one of the more pleasant surprises in the area. Prior to their PIAA first-round game in the Class AAAA tournament, the Hornets put together an 18-8 record, including a 9-5 mark in the competitive Lehigh Valley Conference.
They went on to qualify for the league tournament, advance to the District 11 title game against Parkland and qualify for the state tournament.
Following a number of weather postponements, the Emmaus rifle team was finally able to participate in the state team championships two weeks ago.
Despite the postponements, the Hornets certainly put together one of the best outings at the state meet in team history.
Emmaus goalkeeper Michael Smoker has been the anchor in goal all season for the Hornets.
But despite posting a 3.55 goals against average and 282 saves in 11 games heading into Monday night's matchup against Liberty/Southern Lehigh, there's one thing Smoker was still in search of this seasona shutout.
That all changed in the Hornets' most recent game.