April 19, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
This week opened up with some good matches in local boys lacrosse. Monday night saw Parkland, the defending District XI 3A champions, host Manheim Township, the 5th ranked team in the state. This series was only one year old with the Trojans prevailing last year 15-8 at Manheim. They way things were going, it looked like Parkland would go up 2-0 on the Blue Streaks after leading 9-5 in the game with 49 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. But Township would shut down Parkland’s offense the rest of the way and score 4 unanswered goals to tie it up with 49 seconds left in regulation and force overtime. The five minute extra period was winding down and wouldn’t you know it Manheim would score with 10 seconds left to pull out the 10-9 come-from-behind victory.
The very next day, Central hosted Emmaus in a matchup of EPC heavyweights with intermittent snow squalls pelting the Iron Lakes Sports Club turf. The Vikings led 6-1 in the second quarter and 8-4 at halftime and once again, this wasn’t over yet. The Green Hornets went to a zone defense and it throttled the Vikings offense. Emmaus scored five unanswered goals between the 3rd and 4th quarters to knot the score at 9-9 with 9:37 to play. However, unlike Manheim Township, the Green Hornets couldn’t close the deal and lost 12-11 making it a one-goal difference with four seconds left. These two teams will play each other again Tuesday April 24th at Emmaus. The Vikings won last year’s District XI 2A title.
Emmaus can’t look too far ahead with Parkland coming to Memorial Field Thursday of this week. So far we’ve seen some exciting down-to-the-wire lacrosse including Easton edging Central 12-11 back on April 10th.