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Patriots wading through EPC West

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

Freedom’s start to the season has been slow, but it’s not discouraging for head coach Tony Fabrizio.

The Patriots are off to a 2-3 start, playing in the EPC West for the first time and while losses to Easton and Emmaus have been early blemishes on their mark, Fabrizio is happy with the progress so far this season.

The Pates fell to Easton 11-7 and suffered a 14-5 setback to Emmaus. Both programs are perennial contenders for the league and district crown and playing against the best only strengthens what the Patriot program hopes to become.

“We’re used to playing the top-tier teams,” Fabrizio said about playing up this year in the EPC. “I think it’s showing with the scores. We had a tight game with Easton, and kept the game with Emmaus competitive, despite having our faceoff guy out for the game. We’re eager to play both of those teams again for the second time, and hopefully turn some heads.”

Freedom lost to Central Catholic 16-4 on Friday and now have another tough task this week with Parkland on Tuesday before contests with Pleasant Valley and Liberty.

With results being mixed so far, Fabrizio knows things will turn in their favor when the schedule turns in their favor.

“It’ll be different later in the season when we played the other teams in the lower division for the second time,” he said. “We haven’t really changed much honestly. We come out every day looking to work hard and get better. We have some older guys stepping up and some key players returning. I’m excited for the remainder of the season, I’m looking to get one of the big wins under our belts.”

Liberty (0-5) and Bethlehem Catholic (0-4) are still searching for their first wins of the season, as both will get that opportunity when they take on Northampton (0-5) over the next week.