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FHS aims for return playoff berth

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse team made a run to the District 11 3A semifinals last season and Patriots hope they can keep growing their program this spring.

The Pates finished last season 13-7 before losing to EPC stalwart Easton 15-3 in the district semis, but moving into a top four finish in the class was an achievement that head coach Charis Innarella looks to build upon.

“Our expectations are high as we continue to build upon the successes of last season,” Innarella said. “These girls have a great work ethic and are extremely coachable.”

Back for the Pates include Sr. M Shelby Millheim, Sr. M Tori Millheim, Sr. Addi Streeter, Jr. D Emma Telatovich, Jr. Rebekah Fodale, Hr. Mackenzie Dudeck, and Jr. Avery Atiyeh.

New impact players include a trio of freshmen as Caitlyn Donello, Abby Burnette and Abby Sipel look to have roles this spring.

The Pates have already kicked off the season to a 3-1 record posting decisive wins over Lake Lehman (15-6), Pleasant Valley (17-11) and Northampton (13-4).

The lone loss so far has come against Easton in a 17-9 defeat on March 29. Freedom has two contests scheduled for this week with Nazareth on Thursday and Liberty on Saturday.

“Our team goals are to improve every day,” said Innarella. “We need to compete with intensity and play for each other and have fun. We have an incredible group of players who always have each others backs.”