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Press photo by Linda RothrockShannon Dalton and the NHS girls lacrosse team are looking to end a strong season with a few more victories. Press photo by Linda RothrockShannon Dalton and the NHS girls lacrosse team are looking to end a strong season with a few more victories.
Press photo by Linda RothrockAnthony Belsky and the boys will also look to pick up a few more wins. Press photo by Linda RothrockAnthony Belsky and the boys will also look to pick up a few more wins.

Girls lacrosse hopes to finish season strong

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Growth is what Northampton’s lacrosse program has been looking for over the years and the girls program is leading the way.

Coming into the week with a 5-10 mark, the Kids have an opportunity to close out the regular season on a high note this week.

Following Tuesday night’s 12-1 win over Liberty, Northampton finishes the week with Freedom (6-8) and Pleasant Valley (6-8) with the hopes of ending the year with momentum heading into next season.

“We’ve seen so much growth in all of our players, even our returners,” said head coach Paige Warbrick. “It’s amazing to play a team like Nazareth and come so close to winning, ahead or tied in goals down to the last two minutes. It really reflects the hard work and passion our kids put into learning and excelling in the sport.”

The Kids narrowly lost to Nazareth 9-7 last Thursday, as Emily Henry led the team with three goals on the day to push the Blue Eagles to the brink.

It marked the second time this season the Kids kept close with Nazareth, falling by a 9-6 score on April 19.

Still, finishing this week off strong is the major focus for Warbrick and the team.

“We’re losing nine important seniors but have underclassmen who have and will continue to make history for our program,” Warbrick said. “We are looking ahead to the off-season as an opportunity to engage with our first year of players coming out of our U15 feeder team which is a huge milestone within our program.”

That progress has also parlayed with the girls JV program, as the team came into the week at 9-5, solidifying their first winning season in the history of the program.

“JV is looking awesome this year,” said Warbrick. “We really strive for our veteran girls to mentor our younger players throughout the beginning of our season and I think that shows during JV games. The girls work hard and leave it all on the field. The future we see for our program based solely on our JV team is so promising and a credit to the groundwork that has been laid by our program’s founders.

“Our progress is steady and carries incredible momentum. This season has been a more competitive one for us in terms of teams played and scores against those teams and I think we’ve proven that we can hold our own in the EPC. At this point in time I see us continuing to develop as a contender in the conference.”

The boys team has continued its struggles this season, as they were 1-13 heading into this week following a 17-5 defeat to Bethlehem Catholic (3-10).