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Press photo by Linda RothrockBraeden Gehis and the boys lacrosse team picked up their second win recently. Both the boys and girls teams will look to build their programs for the future. Press photo by Linda RothrockBraeden Gehis and the boys lacrosse team picked up their second win recently. Both the boys and girls teams will look to build their programs for the future.
Press photo by Linda RothrockJenna Caffrey and the girls are still looking for their second victory this season. Press photo by Linda RothrockJenna Caffrey and the girls are still looking for their second victory this season.

Boys notch second win of the season

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

Last Thursday night, the Konkrete Kids’ boys lacrosse team bounced back from a tough 7-6 loss to Pleasant Valley the night before to beat Liberty 11-8 to claim their second win of the season.

Zakary Schwartz got Northampton off to a fast start by finding the back of the net just 18 seconds into the game. Aiden Jones tallied four times for the Kids before Liberty was finally able to break through at the 3:46 mark when Northampton was playing two men down. Jones and Kyle Wescoe each scored before the end of the first period to stake the Kids to a 7-1 lead.

Jones and Wescoe had early goals in the second quarter and it looked like the mercy rule would soon come in to play. However, the Hurricanes scored the last four goals of the half to cut the margin to 9-5.

The teams each scored once during the third quarter, bringing the score to 10-6 to start the final period.

Two Liberty goals in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter put the Kids on notice that they were not going to be able to cruise home. Jones scored his eighth goal of the game with 5:22 remaining and his fist pump signaled that the victory was in hand.

Jones’ 8 goals set a Northampton record for goals in a game.

Northampton will look to sweep the season series with Bethlehem Catholic when they travel to meet the Hawks on Thursday. Their next home game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. when Pottsgrove comes north for an interdistrict game.

The Northampton girls lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season on April 6 when they took down Northwestern Lehigh 10-9. Alyssa Wruble tallied the game winner with 35 seconds left to put the Kids over the top.

Unfortunately, the team has not been able to break through again and their season record stands at 1-12.

Head coach Paige Hoffman believes that playing more assertively will be the team’s key to better results.

“The girls love lacrosse,” she said. “They’re supportive of each other and putting forth a huge effort. We’re trying to teach the confidence through improved stick skills and stick handling and just meshing together as a team. It takes time.”

There is a tight battle to claim the title of leading goal scorer for the season. Eliza Rogerson leads the way with 15 goals. She is tightly followed by the trio of Wruble, Haley Gonsalves, and Rachel Kulp who each have 14 goals on the season.

Lauren Carey and Gabriella Mercado have shared goalkeeping duties. Carey has 73 saves on the season, while Mercado has 36.

The Kids will get another shot at Northwestern when they host the Tigers on Monday at 4 p.m.

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