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Press photo by Don HerbLily Judge and the Pates will next play in the district playoffs. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ Press photo by Don HerbLily Judge and the Pates will next play in the district playoffs. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Patriots prep for District 11 playoffs

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom couldn’t take down Parkland in the girls East Penn Conference lacrosse tournament, but the Patriots may get another crack at them in the district tournament.

The Pates lost to the Trojans 17-10 last week in the conference semifinals, as Parkland went on to beat Easton 12-6 for the league crown Monday night.

Now, Freedom head coach Charis Innarella shifts her focus to the District 11 postseason, where they’ll likely enter as the third or fourth seed.

With only the exact four teams that qualified for the EPC tournament in the district race (Parkland, Easton, Freedom and Pleasant Valley), it’ll be the same script for all four teams this time around as well.

The Pates will (13-4) need to figure out a way to stump Parkland or Easton, which have been the only teams to knock off Freedom this year. Figuring out ways to adjust will be vital for Freedom’s hopes of advancing.

“We need to bring a lot of pressure,” said Innarella, “and continue to play really aggressive defense and make smart decisions. Possessions will be key and we need to be winning the draws and pushing the ball.”

With Easton looking like the team the Pates will face, since the district tournament format wasn’t set before Press deadlines, Innarella is prepping for another showdown with the Rovers and figuring out ways to knock them off.

“We believe in our players and we will absolutely be ready to battle Easton,” she said. “Our goal is to get into the district finals and I am proud of how our kids are responding after the loss to Parkland in the EPC tournament.”