After Thursday’s stinging loss at the hands of Freedom which knocked the Saucon Valley girls lacrosse team from the ranks of the unbeaten, the Panthers were looking for redemption. With three days to practice and reflect, the Lady Panthers figured to take the field on Monday roaring to go against the Pleasant Valley Bears. The Bears, with their 9-2 record, came to Hellertown looking for a fight. The Panthers, too, appeared to be in the mood for a scrap.
Saucon Valley was quick to pounce as they jumped out and built a 5-0 lead twelve minutes into the game. The Panthers registered goals from Camryn Zavacky (2), Maria Donahue (2) and Katherine Naiburg. It was a great start for Saucon.
It wasn’t until half way through the 1st half that the Bears were able to get on the scoreboard. But, the Panthers quickly answered with goals from Katie Marker, Kiele Riefenstahl and another by Zavacky. Pleasant Valley managed another score at the very end of the opening half but the Bears had dug themselves quite a hole. At the intermission Saucon Valley was cruising with a 9-2 advantage.
Whatever message that was delivered to the Lady Bears at halftime must have made an impact. Pleasant Valley scored seven of the next eight goals. Katie Marker scored the lone Panther point during the span but the Bears were right back into the thick of things. With sixteen minutes remaining in the game, the Panther lead evaporated to a slim 10-9 advantage.
The Panthers however responded with a little, four-goal run that made the score 14-9 with about eleven minutes left to play. Katie Marker, Siobhan Coakley, Maria Donahue and Camryn Zavacky all lit the scoreboard for the Panthers.
Pleasant Valley would find net at 10:23 to make the score 14-10, but the Panthers poured it on to finish the game. Two more goals each by Zavacky and Megan Kane along with single scores from Katherine Naiburg and Salome Carr put 20 points on the board for the Panthers. Pleasant Valley’s last gasp came at 6:30 on a nice goal, but the contest ended as a 20-11 victory for Saucon Valley.
Panther Net-Flicks: With six scores against Pleasant Valley, Saucon Valley junior Camryn Zavacky now has 100 career goals and counting! Maria Donahue, Katie Marker and Katherine Naiburg all hit hat-tricks for the Panthers. Megan Kane added two scores while Salome Carr, Siobhan Coakley and Kiele Riefenstahl each had one.
UP NEXT: The Panthers (7-1) will refocus and, once again, defend their home field. The Panthers will battle the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers today (Tuesday) at 4:30 p.m. Saucon defeated Northwestern earlier this season by a 19-2 score.
Good luck Panthers, the Source is with you!
About This Series: Andrew & Sonya Hughes of Hellertown are sponsoring girls sports coverage on Saucon Source to help recognize the achievements of female high school athletes in Saucon Valley, and in tribute to their own daughters, who were both stand-out student-athletes at their high school, where they played softball, soccer, basketball and field hockey. Between the two of them they earned 14 high school varsity letters. “Female athletics was a big part of our family life for many years, but that journey ended at the high school level six years ago,” Andrew Hughes says. “Through those amazing experiences we also noticed that females don’t seem to have the same level of exposure and support as their male counterparts. So we are very sensitive to situations where we perceive an imbalance of exposure of female student athlete participation in competitive high school sports. We also like to encourage greater involvement of young people in athletics. We would like to help the girls gain more exposure at your news source by adopting some girls high school teams.” Saucon Source thanks Andrew & Sonya Hughes for their generous support of local girls high school athletics.