By Scott Johnston
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/28/11
Ever since losing to Nazareth four times a year ago, including the Lehigh Valley Girls League Championship and in the District 11 playoffs, the Emmaus girls’ lacrosse team has had one and only one thing on its mind as they began the 2011 season.
Twice this season, coach Allison Moxey’s Hornets had accomplished that feat – defeating the Blue Eagles, 8-6, and 12-5.
Friday night, on their home turf at Memorial Field, the Blue Eagles completed the trifecta.
Junior All-League performers Colleen Ehrig (five goals) and Nicole Schmidt (four) combined for nine goals as Emmaus won their first-ever District 11 Championship, by defeating Nazareth, 15-11.
The Hornets (19-3 overall) will open up Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh S. Stadium against Springfield-Delco, the No. 3 team from District 1.
Nazareth ends its season at 14-7.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Moxey. “I was excited and I know the kids were excited that we were going to play Nazareth again. Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days ago I was pretty disappointed because I thought we could beat them the fourth time we played them.
“But I was confident in our kids today that they could do it if everyone played well in the same day. It’s definitely exciting for all of us. It’s nice to finally win a district title.”
Emmaus, which defeated Parkland, 11-8, on Wednesday to advance to the finals, won its eighth straight game and 11 of its last 12.
Ehrig, the team’s third leading goal scorer (31 goals), had a hat trick in the first half and added a pair of scores in the second, while Schmidt, the Hornets point-leader (66 points), added a pair of scores in both halves as Emmaus led from wire-to-wire.
Sophomore Sarah Kazmierski had a season-high three goals including two big scores with 1:30 remaining in the half giving Emmaus a 10-6 advantage at intermission. Juniors Caitlin Bryan, the team’s second leading goal scorer (34 goals) and Megan Traub added a goal and an assist in the win while while sophomore Aislinn Bryan added her 13th goal of the season.
In net, junior Allison Haas was credited with 15 saves.
The Blue Eagles were led by junior midfielder Kaitlynn Wiltraut who had a team-high four goals. Teammate Rachel Repash added a hat trick and Hilary Holecz added a pair of goals. Junior goalie Rachel Strzelecki came up with 11 stops in net. Nazareth will lose just five seniors of this year’s squad.
District 11 Championship
Emmaus, 15, Nazareth 11
Nazareth 6-5 – 11
Emmaus 10-5 – 15
Colleen Ehrig 5g, 1a
Nicole Schmidt 4g
Sara Kazmierski 3g
Megan Traub 1g, 1a
Caitlin Bryan 1g, 1a
Aislinn Bryan 1g
Annie Kennedy 1a
Kaitlynn Wiltraut 4g
Rachel Repash 3g
Hilary Holecz 2g
Natasha Capecci 1g
Jessica Russell 1g