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PHS girls lax heads into postseason

The month of April had been a good one for the Parkland High School girls lacrosse team. It is the final full month of the regular season when teams want to be playing their best before a potential postseason push. That is just what the Trojans have been doing.

“We always knew that the end of the season would be when our play would be really challenged and we would have to step up as a team,” said Trojans head coach Brittaney Costigan. “The girls have been working hard to put everything we have focused on this season together on the field to be as successful as possible.”

Since April 1, Parkland (9-6 overall, 6-2 EPC) won eight games in a row, including four straight in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after a slow start to the season in March.

“As a team, we always knew we could compete at this level but that we would have to prove it,” Costigan said. “I think any doubt the team had in their potential has been slowly disappearing as they have been playing in these last few games.”

While a couple of Trojans have stuffed the stat sheet offensively of late, including Gigi Leonzi and Nikki Boyer, who combined for five goals in their victory over Freedom last week, Costigan sees the bigger picture and that her team is playing together as one.

“Coming into these last few games we knew the only way we would be successful was as one full unit, one full team,” said Costigan. “All of the girls have been stepping it up and giving their all to support each other to be as successful as possible. Every single player on our team has been exactly where they need to be and doing exactly what they needed to do to help the team as a unit.”

Parkland finished its regular season this week and opens postseason play in the East Penn Conference tournament this weekend. The Trojans also qualified for the District 11 playoffs.

“We are just continuing to look forward and focusing on our best game as one unit,” Costigan said. “We want to show in these games that we deserve to be here and be seen as a contender.”

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Gigi Leonzi and the Parkland girls lacrosse team will begin postseason play later this week.