Girls up for LVC challenge
It's a new era for Northampton lacrosse, as the girls program debuts this season under a varsity format in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
New head coach Paige Warbrick has many challenges to face entering this new season with Northampton. The former assistant at Liberty and head coach for Moravian College's club program must look to have this new program learn to compete in a conference that has plenty of experienced sides.
"As a young team facing tough competition especially in the LVC, it can be discouraging to face and lose to strong opponents," Warbrick said. "I'm hopeful that our struggles, or losses, only make us stronger as a team, and contribute to the learning process we are certain to go through as a new lacrosse program."
Northampton may have learned of those struggles quickly, losing to Emmaus 14-0 in their only game of the season so far heading into an equally difficult match against Parkland on Tuesday, which they lost 24-2.
With many players still learning the sport, Warbrick knows she'll have to preach patience while the team gains experience.
"Keys for us are for our new players to get familiar with game-play as quickly as possible," she said. "They need to keep learning from each game to improve our next performance."
Some of Northampton's top players this year include captains Delaney Haggerty (junior,goalie), Madison Bernal (senior, attack), as well as Jessica VanBrunt (junior, midfield); Sydney Kane (junior, attack), Katie Wasilko (sophomore, midfield) and Claire Gogel (sophomore, midfield).
Warbrick feels that her midfield play should be a strength for the Kids this year, while continued improvement on defense will be a season-long process.
With the weather finally improving for all parties, the Kids look to continue play today against Central Catholic.
"We want to grow our program and roster and provide quality lacrosse instruction," Warbrick said of continued goals. "Continuing to generate excitement about lacrosse within the Northampton community are the biggest goals."