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Press photo by Nancy ScholzKailey Turpening and the Patriots are ready to play in the EPC playoffs which start this week. Press photo by Nancy ScholzKailey Turpening and the Patriots are ready to play in the EPC playoffs which start this week.

Pates prep for PHS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The Freedom girls lacrosse team have enjoyed a spring filled with plenty of victories, but now crunch time begins as the East Penn Conference tournament gets underway this week to mark the beginning of the postseason.

Freedom (13-4, 7-3) is the third seed in this week’s tournament and will take on Parkland (11-7, 9-1) Wednesday, May 8, at Northampton at 5:30.

Top-seeded Easton (13-3, 10-0) squares off against fourth-seeded Pleasant Valley (14-4, 7-3) in the other matchup, which is also at Northampton at 7:30 p.m.

EPC finals take place Monday, May 13, at 5 p.m. at Northampton.

In their only contest against Parkland earlier this season, Freedom fell 18-9 to the Trojans. Three of the Pates four losses this year have come against Easton (two) and Parkland, noting that their road to a championship run in the postseason will go through the Rovers or Trojans.

Liberty’s girls finished 8-10 overall and 4-8 in the conference, giving the Hurricanes one of their most successful season’s in their short history, marking their highest win total in a season.

On the boys side, Freedom (7-10) won’t be heading back to the postseason this year after bumping up in competition this season. The Pates finished the season losing five of their last seven games and going 0-8 in their new division with perennial powers Parkland, Central Catholic, Emmaus and Easton.

The Pates played hard till the end, as a 10-9 loss to Parkland, the only undefeated team in the area, last week could have turned their district hopes around, as a win over the Trojans would have pushed them through the postseason.

Liberty (3-12) wrapped up the year with two wins over Bethlehem Catholic (0-13) and Pleasant Valley, as both the Hurricanes and Hawks struggled again to find a footing on the lacrosse scene.

In boys EPC playoff action, (1) Parkland will play (4) Easton on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. (2) Central takes on (3) Emmaus at 5:30 p.m. Both games are also at Northampton.

Boys EPC finals take place Monday, May 13, at Northampton at 7:30 p.m., right after the girls finals.