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FHS girls keep winning

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse program is off to a blistering start to the season, but can the Pates sustain their form?

Coming out of the gate with a 6-1 mark, the Patriots have faced little resistance so far this season for a team with as much youth that Charis Innarella’s squad has.

But that youth has been turning out results, as the Pates have pushed themselves to the top of the District 11 power points.

“We are a young team with some inexperience in a couple of key positions,” said Innarella. “Game experience will continue to bring us maturity. Seven games in we have gotten off to a solid start.”

The Pates biggest win so far this season came in a 16-15 win over Pleasant Valley, with their lone loss coming to Easton, falling to the Rovers 20-10.

That defeat can hopefully be used as a growing point for the team moving forward.

“We learned a lot from the Easton loss and it had helped us to grow as a team moving forward,” Innarella said. “We continue to emphasize fundamentals and mastering the basics. All of the teams in the EPC are getting stronger, which makes every game competitive.”

Things get a bit tougher for the Pates this week with contests against Southern Lehigh and Central Catholic, but Innarella hopes they can continue to prove themselves.

“We are working on playing with tempo and intensity for an entire game,” she said. “Our focus is preparing one game at a time and being great teammates.”

Liberty (2-4) have proved to be competitive to start off the year as well, notching wins over Northwestern and Nazareth, while losing a close contest to Freedom last week 9-8.

The Hurricanes take on Central Catholic, Northampton and Quakertown this week in a trio of winnable games that could push the Hurricanes over the .500 mark and boost their chances toward a postseason berth.