Coming off an 0-16 season, the only way is up.
That’s the prognosis for Liberty’s boys’ lacrosse as they head into this spring, as head coach Shaughn Bittner is banking on returning experience to improve the team’s compete level, despite still having many players that are new to the sport.
It may be a slow start to the baseball season for all teams across the Lehigh Valley, but things will heat up this week when the schedule looks to kick into high gear before the Easter weekend hits.
With most teams having played three games heading into this week, the dismal March has pushed the schedule back for most teams, giving teams loaded schedules the rest of the month of April.
Freedom (3-0) will see the uptick this week with three games in three days, starting on Tuesday with Easton, Wilson and Whitehall and capping the week off on Saturday against Allen.
Bethlehem Catholic is looking to make progress this season on the lacrosse field following a 5-13 campaign from a year ago.
Andrew Kroeckel enters his second year as head coach and is optimistic about the Hawks potential this season.
After losing only one player graduation, the Hawks return 19 players in the program and nine starters including Soph. G JoJo Korpics, Sr. D Ray Glemser, Sr. D Mike Barattini, Soph. D Kyle Young (played attack last year), Sr. M Anthony Parise, Jr. FO/M Jimmy VanOsdol, Jr. LSM Luke Talpas, Sr. A Liam McGregor and Sr. A Liam Foley
Laurie Muller enters her first year with Liberty’s girls’ lacrosse team and the Hurricanes are just looking for an improvement this season.
After last year’s 0-16 mark, Muller is hoping to create something sustainable for the program.
“Liberty lacrosse is a building program,” Muller said. “We’re looking forward to success this season on the field with many returning players that have improved over the off season. We also have a lot of new girls that came out and we can’t wait to see how quickly they will progress.”
Freedom hopes that this spring can be a breakout campaign for the girls lacrosse program.
After an 8-10 finish a year ago, head coach Charis Innarella enters her fourth year at the helm optimistic with what this year’s crop of girls can achieve.
“We have exceptional leadership this season within our core players,” said Innarella. “Our stick skills continue to improve and we have gained valuable experience over the past season. The success of our team will feed off of the closeness and passion our kids have for each other and for the game of lacrosse.”
Freedom’s boys’ lacrosse program is coming off an historic season and the Patriots look to repeat history this spring.
After winning 10 games last year, qualifying for the postseason and garnering the program’s first district playoff win, Freedom is hoping to build off that momentum.
As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.
The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.
It might be difficult for Freedom to replicate the type of success they had a year ago, but the Pates will certainly look to make another run at the league and district titles this spring.
Coming off a 19-5 campaign, which saw them go 12-4 in the East Penn Conference regular season, to go along with their first EPC championship, expectations are elevated for the 2016 spring.
Head coach Nick D’Amico enters his 11th season at the helm and hopes that the loss in graduation won’t overshadow the potential of this year’s returning group.
It’s been two years since Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team has made the District 11 playoffs and the Hawks are hoping this spring can be the year that ends that mini-slump.
Head coach Mike Grasso returns for his 30th season in charge, as the Hawks look to bounce back from an 8-12 campaign a year ago.
“The senior leadership we have is very good,” said Grasso. “Two of our top pitchers are seniors and we’re looking forward to see how they do and the defense behind them holds up.”
Spring officially began on Monday, but we all know it doesn’t feel like those 70 degree days that winter teased us with.
As the snow gradually melts away, most area coaches and athletic directors can’t wait for the snowy cover to completely vanish as we head into the spring sports calendar.
Spring practices began on March 6 and teams were afforded five quality days of practice to open the season, only to see that trend reversed last week with Tuesday’s 10+ inches of snow across the Lehigh Valley.