Naiburg Nets 100th as Lady Panthers Advance to D-XI Finals

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Saucon Valley junior Katherine Naiburg (12) collected her 100th career goal on Monday night in the District XI semifinal against Moravian Academy.

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Saucon Valley junior Katherine Naiburg (12) collected her 100th career goal on Monday night in the District XI semifinal against Moravian Academy.

Monday night the #1 seeded Saucon Valley Lady Panthers lacrosse team headed for the neutral turf at Emmaus high school to faceoff against the #4 Moravian Academy Lions in the 2018 District XI semifinals.  The Panthers (12-3) enter the post-season looking to repeat as the District XI champions.

The first half was all Saucon.  Senior Helen Kreschollek, junior Katherine Naiburg and sophomore Camryn Zavacky each had two goals for the Panthers.  In addition, Saucon Valley tallied scores from freshmen Maria Donahue and Katie Marker.  As productive as the Panther offense was, Audrey Holland and the defense provided very little space.  Offensively, Moravian Academy was limited to very few quality chances.  As both teams took their halftime break, the Panthers led 8-0.

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Audrey Holland and the Panthers blanked the Lions throughout the first half in Monday’s 2018 District XI semifinal.

The Lions finally lit the scoreboard 1:32 into the second half when Moravian Academy’s Taylor Dicastro found her groove and the net.  But, “Battle-Kat” Naiburg answered with her 100th career goal to make the score 9-1.

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Katherine Naiburg’s fan club celebrating her 100th goal as a Saucon Valley Panther.

The Lions’ Dicastro would strike twice more, but it would be all the offense that the toothless Lions could generate.  The Panthers, however, picked up a score from senior Maddie Zych to give Saucon Valley a 10-3 advantage.

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Audrey Holland and the panther defense played an outstanding game in the 2018 District XI semifinal.

Down the stretch junior Panther goalkeeper, Audrey Holland and her defensive support which includes Sarah Duffy, Kim Polefka, Sam Johnson and Kerry Lannon, simply stone-walled any Lion attempt to even sniff the net.  The Panther offense meanwhile was able to finish the night with scores from Zavacky (12:10), Naiburg (8:21), and Kreschollek (2:51).  The last Panther tally, by sophomore Camryn Zavacky, came at :33 to make the final score 14-3.

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Senior Maddie Zych using a Panther pick to generate some high-octane offense.

Lady Panther Goal Scorers v. Moravian Academy 

  • Jr. Katherine Naiburg (4)
  • So. Camryn Zavacky (4)
  • Sr. Helen Kreschollek (3)
  • Sr. Maddie Zych (1)
  • Fr. Maria Donahue (1)
  • Fr. Katie Marker (1)

UP NEXT:  The Saucon Valley girls’ lacrosse team will travel to Lehigh University for the District XI Final with the Southern Lehigh Spartans on Wednesday (5 p.m.).  #2 Southern Lehigh defeated #3 Allentown Central Catholic by a score of 12-9 in the other D-XI “AA” semifinal on Monday night.

Good Luck Panthers, the Source is with you!

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