As we approach the midpoint of the volleyball season, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty are trying to figure out where they each stand as the middle of April comes upon us.
The Patriots are sitting in the best position coming into the week at 5-3 with Bethlehem and Dieruff left on the agenda following Monday’s loss to Nazareth.
The loss drops the Pates out of the top five teams in District 11, as they look to regain momentum in the midst of two straight losses.
Bethlehem Catholic (4-3) and Liberty (3-4) are also trying to find their footing.
Tony Fabrizio knows that his lacrosse team can make a run at the end of this season, but he also wants them to bring their top effort every game.
That’s been a challenge for the Freedom boys’ so far this season, as the Pates are off to a 4-6 start to the season, but look to turn things up heading into the final weeks of the spring campaign.
The Pates find themselves in the midst of a little slump, losing to Moravian 13-5 last week, leaving Fabrizio scratching his head at the effort demonstrated in the loss.
Freedom’s lacrosse programs are again spearheading Bethlehem in the sport this spring.
The Freedom girls are off to a 5-2 start on the year.
The Pates faced a formidable task on Monday when they took on undefeated Saucon Valley (5-0) squad and lost to the tune of 13-5.
The Freedom boys are off to a tepid start this spring, coming into the week with a 2-3 mark following wins over Northampton and Bethlehem Catholic.
Their three losses have come to hands of Easton, Emmaus and Central Catholic, who have a combined 14-1 mark on the season.
The spring weather might be stuck in a cold trend, but Liberty and Freedom have bucked that with hot play to start a chilly spring.
Liberty (4-0) and Freedom (5-1) are both acting as league leaders heading into this week with Parkland (3-0) and Emmaus (5-1) also in front of the pack.
The Hurricanes have handled all their obstacles to date, posting wins over Hazleton, Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth. Those wins have come by an average of 5.75 runs per game, as last week’s 4-2 win over Becahi was the closest contest the ’Canes have experienced so far.
Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team is showing they can compete with the best in the East Penn Conference. Now they have to go out and actually beat the top teams.
The Hawks are off to a 3-2 start with both of their losses coming to undefeated Parkland (5-0) and Whitehall (4-0) teams in five games.
In both of those of matches, the Hawks were able to sneak out wins in the first game before ultimately losing in five, but the signs of being great are there for Jeff Koch’s group.
Wins have not come easy for Liberty’s boys lacrosse program, but the Hurricanes hope that can change this spring.
Liberty is coming off a 1-14 season a year ago giving them their only win over the last two seasons, but head coach Shaughn Bittner thinks this year’s group can start making headway in the win column.
Joe Assise is the new lacrosse coach at Bethlehem Catholic and his goal is to keep improving on the steps the Golden Hawks have been taking recently heading into this spring.
Becahi finished last season 5-11, which was a program best for wins in a campaign, but that may be a daunting task for the program this year.
The struggle with that heading into 2017 is replenishing the roster, that lost a bulk of its players to graduation, which will now be relying on youth to plow through a rugged EPC season.
Expectations are high for Freedom’s boys lacrosse team coming off an EPC West divisional title a year ago.
The Pates bring back a talented group from last year’s 11-8 season, which ended in the District 11 3A quarterfinals to eventual champion Parkland.
Head coach Tony Fabrizio enters his third season leading the program and is confident this year’s group can keep rolling this spring.
Freedom’s girls lacrosse team made a run to the District 11 3A semifinals last season and Patriots hope they can keep growing their program this spring.
The Pates finished last season 13-7 before losing to EPC stalwart Easton 15-3 in the district semis, but moving into a top four finish in the class was an achievement that head coach Charis Innarella looks to build upon.
“Our expectations are high as we continue to build upon the successes of last season,” Innarella said. “These girls have a great work ethic and are extremely coachable.”
Getting an EPC win is the major goal for the girls lacrosse program at Liberty this season.
After a 1-17 finish last year, positive steps are what head coach Laurie Muller is looking for in her second season at the helm and that’s what has already occurred for the program, as the first week of April approaches and the Hurricanes have a 2-1 record in tact.
Liberty knocked off Quakertown 12-5 and Scranton Prep 10-9 before falling to Pleasant Valley 13-11 last week.