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.
More success for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program will now lead to a harder climb in the East Penn Conference, as the Patriots will be moving up in the EPC this season.
After winning their division the past two seasons, the Pates will move up with the likes of Parkland, Emmaus, Central Catholic and Easton to make things more challenging.
“We are much younger than we were last year,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We were moved to a tougher division in our conference and I believe we can do well once we figure out where we need to put certain players to be successful.
Liberty’s boys lacrosse is looking for improvement as new head coach Joe Fortunato enters his first season in charge of the program.
Fortunato will have his work cut out, as the Hurricanes finished 2-14 last season and have struggled to find their footing every season in the East Penn Conference.
Still, Fortunato remains positive that the program can take steps this spring.
“We have a bunch of returning seniors and juniors that are eager to get the program facing into a new direction,” Fortunato said.
For Bethlehem Catholic’s lacrosse team, the goals are simple: just get a win.
The Hawks are coming off a winless 0-14 season from a year ago and head coach Joe Assise, who enters his second season, understands the position he’s in leading the program.
“Following last season’s record, the boys are hungry for a win,” Assise said. “Seasoned players should help to put the ball in the back of the net against opposing teams for us.”
Freedom’s girls lacrosse program will look to build off what they accomplished last season when they made a run to the District 11 quarterfinals.
The Pates finished 14-7 a year ago and hope to build on that with head coach Charis Innarella back at the helm.
“We have an awesome group of players who are very coachable,” said Innarella. “This team has been putting in the work and continues to push and support each other everyday.”
After finishing last season with a 5-12 record, Liberty’s girls lacrosse team is hoping they can take a leap into postseason contention.
Laurie Muller enters her third season at the helm of the program and expects to take steps forward from last year’s campaign.
“My goal for our team is to make the playoffs for the first time,” said Muller. “I feel that we have the ability to make a presence this year in the league and force competitive games.”
Youth will be a theme for Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team this season, but head coach Mike Grasso won’t let that stop the Hawks from pursuing their goals this season.
Grasso, who enters his 32nd season, is always optimistic about his team’s chances.
“You know we have a young team and a young group of pitchers,” he said, “but these kids are working hard and I’m sure that they’re going to fight to be very competitive.”
After winning the District 11 6A title last season, Freedom now has the bull’s-eye on their backs heading into this spring.
The Pates, who won their first district title since 1999 last spring in a 2-1 win over Parkland, enter with expectations, but also with a lack of experience from last year’s Cinderella run through the district tournament as a seventh seed.
If Andy Pitsilos is the coach of Liberty’s baseball program the goals will never change. The Hurricanes are coming off a 17-6 campaign last season, which saw them make a run to the District 11 6A semifinals. Pitsilos expects the team to be in similar position this spring, as the Hurricanes hope to continue to reload.
“Our outlook for the team and our goals never change,” Pitsilos said. “We want to win our division, then the league, and then the district title and compete in states. With the team we have all of our goals can be achieved.”
Liberty’s volleyball team brings plenty of experience heading into spring and that usually equates to success on the court.
With veteran coach Neiad Ammary entering his 15th season at the helm, the Hurricanes, who finished 10-8 last year, look to improve upon that mark and hopefully have a bigger push through the District 11 tournament.