May 29, 2019
By: Tom Meikrantz
The District XI boys lacrosse championships were staged Friday May 24th in a doubleheader at Lehigh’s Ulrich Sports Complex. From the moment I walked into the facility to cover the 2A final between Central and Southern Lehigh, I could tell there was excitement in the air. The Vikings were looking for a three-peat and were the top seed while 2nd seed Southern Lehigh was hungry after settling for silver medals the past two years. That was evident from the get-go as the Spartans roared out to a 6-0 lead after one quarter and rode that fast start to a 16-10 victory. The crowd was very much into the game and fans of both teams were out in full force cheering every goal and save throughout the contest.
Players said afterwards that they never prepared for a game like this one and first-year head coach Lucas VanEmburg proclaimed it their best effort of the season. The school from the smaller Colonial League was back on top as Southern Lehigh won ts 2nd ever District title and its 2nd in 4 years. Seniors like Ken Wolfe and Michael Smith who combined for ten goals in the game were ecstatic for earning one more title before graduating. Central has to be lauded for having a successful season despite losing many top tier players from last year to graduation. The Spartans this week look to make history: give the school its first ever PIAA first round win and maybe more down the road.
More of the same in the nightcap between #1 and undefeated Parkland and 2nd seed Emmaus. These two rivals brought out the crowds as expected with Emmaus pulling out an even bigger upset victory 7-6 in overtime. High school lacrosse takes on more and more fans with each passing spring as the youth leagues grow and the player turnout numbers increase as well as the fanbases. More spectators are no longer casual fans but rather diehard fans. What started out as a club sport for a few select schools is now challenging other mainstream sports in popularity. Good luck to all four District XI champions including the Parkland and Saucon Valley girls and hopefully make an impact on the state-wide level.