Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 27, 2017

FHS girls, boys lacrosse leading the city

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse team has played motivated all season after falling just short of reaching the postseason a year ago, but the Patriots appear to be well on their way to qualifying for districts this season after their 6-1 start to the year.

Last week’s 9-1 victory over Central Catholic made it five straight wins for the Pates, as they’ve entered the year with a determined mentality.

“Falling just short of our goals last season has brought a hunger to our team,” said head coach Charis Innarella. “It was important for us to set the tone from our first game. From that point it gave our kids the confidence and an understanding that if we play hard and stay together everything is possible. Our kids are improving each game and they are playing and competing with grit.”

Katie Flynn and Emily Rowan each have tallied 26 goals for the Pates this season, while Abby Rowan has chipped in with 14 goals.

Innarella is pleased with how both the Rowan’s and Emma Telatovich have been able to control the draws.

“We are getting stronger on our transitions and becoming patient on attack,” she said. “Our settled defense is strong with Telatovich as the backbone and goalie Tori Millheim is coming up with some big stops and clears.”

This week presents a much steeper challenge for the Pates, as they face league leaders Parkland (7-3) and Emmaus (7-2).

“We have a big week coming up and we are looking for kids to step up due to some injuries and fill the gap,” Innarella said. “There is no limit to this teams success. We need to keep improving on defense and transitions, continue to make our weaknesses our strengths. We as coaches believe in their abilities and look forward to the games ahead.”

Freedom’s boys team is also leading the pack from the local schools, as the Patriot boys were 4-5 heading into this week and first place in the EPC West. Freedom appears to have a stranglehold on the division, as Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty, Northampton and Pleasant Valley have three wins combined amongst them.

Liberty (0-7) and Becahi (1-6) both have struggled to pick up wins on the boys side, as the Hawks lone victory has come against a winless Northampton side.

The Liberty girls (1-6) have struggled in EPC action, as their only win of the season came in a 16-3 win over Hazleton.