It has been a tough spring for Bethlehem's lacrosse teams across the board.
The girls programs at Liberty and Freedom are off to tough starts at 3-7 and 1-8 respectively.
The boys programs have showed signs of success through Freedom's upstart 6-5 start to the season, but Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are still trying to find their rudders in the water this season.
The Hurricanes are 1-9 and Becahi is still searching their first victory of the year during an 0-10 start to the campaign.
It was the proverbial kick in the butt that Becahi needed following a stunning loss to Northampton a week ago that had the Lehigh Valley Conference buzzing.
The Hawks (5-2,5-2) lost in five games last week to Northampton 16-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 11-15. It was a shocker and the first time the K-Kids ever defeated Becahi.
But in any moment of defeat, an opportunity to rise follows. The Hawks did that over the weekend at the prestigious Koller Classic, getting a runner-up finish to eventual champion North Allegheny.
Liberty walked away from the Christopher Dock tournament without the title, but with some added perspective at where they stand as they head into the second half of the season.
The Hurricanes finished 5-3 in pool play and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals, before losing to North Penn in a one game playoff, 28-26.
It was a good trip for Neiad Ammary's group after a slow week that featured a three-game sweep over Allen25-16, 25-13, 25-17in the team's only official contest of the week.
Results worked out in Bethlehem Catholic's favor a week ago on the diamond, but each week is a new spring chapter and the Hawks script for this week is more of a horror plot.
Becahi (4-7-1, 3-5) got much needed wins over Northampton and Nazareth last week to keep them hovering around the .500 mark, but Whitehall started this week off in a manner the Hawks didn't want.
The Zephyrs (12-1, 7-1) took down the Hawks 14-1 Monday to continue their torrent streak through the season.
The Liberty boys track and field team knew that their meet against Easton could come down to the last few events, pulling out a 79-71 victory over the Red Rovers last week.
"I love that last-minute pressure and how everybody comes together to watch," said Liberty senior sprinter, Adam Uliana.
In the last three events of the day, Liberty's KJ Williams won the 200 meter (23.5), Ian Sell placed second in the 3200 meter, and the Hurricane team of Uliana, Matthew Allred, Isaiah McDonald, and James Reed took first place in the 4x4 relay (3:32.1).
Liberty knew that a loss to Freedom last Friday night at Coca-Cola Park would mean a hole in the division.
The Patriots entered the contest undefeated in the Lehigh Valley Conference and had a one-game lead over Liberty.
A loss would have meant an early two-game hole that nobody on the Hurricanes roster wanted to deal with.
Ed Albertson assured that wouldn't happen for the Hurricanes, as he picked up his third win of the season following a 6-0 win over their rivals in a Friday nightcap.
The Bethlehem Catholic boys lacrosse team has endured a tough start to the season.
Things didn't get any easier for the Hawks when they hosted current LVC leader Parkland last Tuesday at Bethlehem Catholic High School.
The Trojans scored eight first period goals, and regularly controlled possession of the ball for much of the contest. That lead was increased to 10-0 at halftime, which was then doubled by game's end, as the Hawks remained winless on the season with the 21-0 defeat to Parkland.
Bethlehem Catholic hurdler, Tyler Horton, broke another school record in the 110 high hurdles (14.4), and twin brothers, John and David Donchez, combined for 26 points in the Hawks 82-67 track and field victory over Freedom last week.
In individual events, John Donchez won the 800 meter (2:07), and David Donchez took first place in the triple jump (37-2 1/2) and the javelin (126-3).
Also for the Hawks, Becahi sprinter, Donovan West, was a double-event winner, placing first in the 100 meter (10.8) and the 200 meter (22.7).
Bethlehem Catholic singles players, Kevin Hamilton and Stephen Rossi, clinched their matches at number one and number two singles, respectively, and later teamed up at number one doubles to lead the Hawks to a 5-2 victory over Nazareth last week.
Hamilton defeated Andrew Wahlgren, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
"I got off to a rocky start and lost the first set, but Mr. Harmanos just reiterated to play my game and get good ground strokes. I made the points longer and kept him moving back and forth," said Hamilton.
It was a chance for Liberty to see what they could do against another top tier Lehigh Valley Conference opponent, but this time the Hurricanes couldn't figure things out until it was too late.
With a win over Bethlehem Catholic under their belts this season, the 'Canes took on an undefeated Parkland squad last Thursday with their sights of truly cementing themselves as the top team in the league this season.
By night's end, that wasn't their fate, as Parkland (6-0, 5-0) swept all three games25-22, 25-14, 33-31to stay atop the LVC landscape and knock Liberty down a peg.