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Pate girls prepping for league playoffs

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Peter Car in Sports

Freedom’s girl lacrosse is making their first trip to the EPC playoffs when the tournament starts today. They’ll be squaring off against a common foe that has got the best of them of late.

Third-seeded Freedom will take on second-seeded Easton at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Northampton in the opening round of the tournament.

Top-seeded Parkland will battle fourth-seeded Emmaus in the nightcap.

The Pates (12-5) have lost both games to the Rovers this season by 17-9 and 16-12 accounts. Easton also knocked Freedom out of the District 11 postseason last year as well.

Topping the Rovers (13-2), who have only lost to Parkland and Boyertown, will be difficult but the Pates hope that they’ve been able to close the gap with one of the EPC’s top programs, as they’ve never beaten the Rover girls.

“This is a special and a close team,” said head coach Charis Innarella. “They always have each other’s backs and they always remain very humble. They want to improve and they are willing to give the effort it takes to get better.”

Sophomore Katie Flynn has led the team with 69 goals and 17 assists this season, while junior Emma Telatovich has tallied 43 goals and 27 assists. Flynn leads the EPC with 87 total points.

Innarella knows she’ll need a top effort from the team in order to knock off the Rovers.

“We are looking forward to the post season,” she said. “I know our kids will come out fighting and give everything they have to give. I like our chances this week and I believe we can persevere.”

The Freedom (9-8) boys knocked off Liberty 16-6 on Monday night and will now wait for the District 11 tournament to see where they’ll be seeded.

The Pates will most likely see an opening match against Delaware Valley for the right to take on top-seeded Parkland in the postseason.