Panthers, Spartans Battle In Midseason Clash

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The Saucon Valley Panthers and Southern Lehigh Spartans faced-off in another fierce battle on the lacrosse field.

The Saucon Valley high school girls lacrosse team started red-hot on Saturday morning jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the Southern Lehigh Spartans.  Sophomore Sophie Engelhardt got the Panthers on the scoreboard first with an unassisted goal only a minute into the contest.  Senior Megan Kane followed with another score about two minutes later after collecting a sweet pass from classmate Maria Donahue.  Kane shook free from the Spartan defense, cut through the middle of the crease, took Donahue’s pass and buried a bouncer into the back of the net. Engelhardt struck again with a little scoop and score at 18:28 taking advantage of a Spartan turnover.

Saucon sophomore Sophie Engelhardt (#21) celebrates a goal with her Panther teammates.

Southern Lehigh battled back to score the next three goals.  The Spartans were able to capitalize on a couple of Panther penalties and converted their free-shots to courageously claw back to a 3-2 deficit.  Then, with about ten minutes left to play in the first half, Southern Lehigh tied it up at 3-3.

Saucon senior Makenzie Shimko powers her way toward a Panther goal.

Senior Makenzie Shimko quickly put the Panthers back on top with a free-shot less than a minute later.  Southern Lehigh leveled the score again when the Spartans were credited a goal with a little over seven minutes left in the first half.  Saucon Valley, however, would tally the final two goals of the first half. Maria Donahue flashed a little shake-and-bake in the center of the Spartan crease.  Donahue faked outside and quickly wheeled inside and let loose a sidearm laser for the score.  It was Engelhardt, however, who closed out the first half scoring with a free-shot.  At the intermission Saucon Valley led Southern Lehigh 6-4.

Engelhardt hit a hat-trick in the first half of play against the Southern Lehigh Spartans.

For as hot as Saucon Valley started the first-half, the second half was a different story.  The Panthers did score first to take a 7-4 lead with a Donahue goal at the 21:30 mark.  The Spartans, however, unleashed four straight goals to take an 8-7 lead.  The Panthers battled back when Makenzie Shimko answered for Saucon Valley with nine minutes left in the game.  But, Southern Lehigh’s Riley McIntosh closed out all scoring with a pair of goals.  McIntosh and the Spartan defense finished strong to seal the 10-8 victory.

The 2021 Saucon Valley Panthers listening to Coach Helen Deegan.

2021 Saucon Valley Girls Lax Roster

  • Anna Burfeind- Manager (Sr.)
  • 01 Kylah Furgeson (Fr.)
  • 03 Megan Kane (Sr.)
  • 04 Molly Youells (Sr.)
  • 05 Makenzie Shimko (Sr.)
  • 07 Catherine Leidich (Jr.)
  • 08 Jorryn Kyra (Sr.)
  • 09 Addison Anthony (Jr.)
  • 10 Kaleigh Davila-Hess (Sr.)
  • 11 Katie Marker (Sr.)
  • 12 Ava Bracalante (Jr.)
  • 13 Katherine Ubriaco (Jr.)
  • 14 Lydia Apple (Sr.)
  • 15 Isabella Johnstone (Fr.)
  • 16 Kerry Lannon (Sr.)
  • 17 Maria Donahue (Sr.)
  • 18 Dakotah Brinker (So.)
  • 19 Hannah Robertson (So.)
  • 20 Alexis Budline (So.)
  • 21 Sophie Engelhardt (So.)
  • 22 Ava Albano (Jr.)
  • 23 Erin Duffy (So.)
  • 24 Kasey Royse (So.)
  • 25 Allison Cort (So.)
  • 28 Aubrey Petersen (So.)
  • 33 Camryn Golsalves (So.)
  • 36 Sophie Babashak (So.)
  • 48 Teegan Lannon (So.)
  • Helen Deegan (Head Coach)
  • Erik Steskal (Ass’t Coach)
  • Hannah Doerner (Ass’t Coach)
  • Jen Zavacky (Ass’t Coach)
  • Todd Doerner (Ass’t Coach)
  • Shawn Donahue (Statistician)

A special ‘Shout-Out’ to Panther senior Anna Burfeind for providing Saucon Source access to her superb stats!

Maria Donahue and the Panthers will again face-off with the Southern Lehigh Spartans in a Cinco-de Mayo special!

Up Next:  The Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh girls lax programs will face-off again on May 5th. Meanwhile, Southern Lehigh (3-2) will travel to Northampton on Monday  for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Konkrete Kids.  The Panthers (3-2) will defend their home turf against Northampton on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Good luck Panthers.  The Source is with you!

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