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Press photo by Rob MerchantLiberty’s Rayne Wright and Victoria Alvarez race toward the ball during a game with Easton this year. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA Press photo by Rob MerchantLiberty’s Rayne Wright and Victoria Alvarez race toward the ball during a game with Easton this year. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA

Hurricanes look to improve after Emmaus loss

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty saw its six-game winning streak come to an end last week following a 6-1 defeat to Emmaus. Losing to Emmaus in field hockey, of course, isn’t anything new to schools, but the Hurricanes will look to finish this week off strong before preparing for Saturday’s opening round of the EPC playoffs.

The Hurricanes (12-4, 11-4) should be able to lock up a top-five seed this week if they handle their business against East Stroudsburg South (4-11) and Freedom (5-12) in their final two regular season bouts this week.

Head coach Jill Dorn just hopes that the loss to Emmaus can put perspective on what they need to improve upon before the postseason gets underway.

“We’ll work on our time of possession with the ball and keeping the ball on our stick,” Dorn said. “We understand the implications of what we need to do. We need to elevate the game and speed at which we execute things, but we also need to marry that with appropriate patience when we do possess the ball.”

Freedom is out of the playoff picture as the Pates end the season this week, but Bethlehem Catholic (8-9) is still in the hunt to qualify for a District 11 1A spot.

The Hawks face Muhlenberg this week in their regular season finale and a victory would clinch a berth, but a loss could make things tricky as five teams have already qualified. At least six teams will make it, with Becahi currently sitting in that sixth spot. Palmerton (8-9) takes on Northern Lehigh in the Bombers finale and could steal that last spot if the Hawks can’t get a result.