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NWL boys lacrosse hits difficult part of schedule

A pair of strong opponents handed the Northwestern Lehigh boys lacrosse team back-to-back losses for just the second time this season.

Earlier in the year it was Nazareth (11-3) and Emmaus (13-1) that downed the Tigers and this time Parkland (9-4) and Easton (10-3) have handed them losses.

Northwestern dropped three of its last four games and has fallen to 6-5 on the season.

The Red Rovers beat Northwestern Tuesday night in a 15-3 game. Blaine Snyder, Devon Hildebrand, and Michael Lagowy all scored goals for the Tigers and Bailen Smargiassi stopped 18 shots as Easton put on an offensive display.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have scored just 22 goals in their last four games after scoring 24 goals in wins over Southern Lehigh (5-6) and Liberty (7-7).

The recent stretch has Northwestern tied with Central Catholic (6-5) atop the District 11 2A rankings. The Vikings would hold any tiebreaker over the Tigers based on their 20-6 win over Northwestern. Central Catholic also holds a slim lead in the power rating, used to determine seeding in the district playoffs.

The two teams are the only 2A teams with winning records and only Southern Lehigh and Moravian Academy are in the hunt for playoff spots in districts.

On the bright side, the Northwestern Lehigh schedule has just one team with a winning record on its remaining schedule. That game is up next when the Tigers travel to Bethlehem to face Freedom (8-4). After that, the Tigers have Northampton (4-10), two games each against Saucon Valley (0-10) and Moravian Academy (4-5) before wrapping wrap up the regular season at Southern Lehigh (5-6).

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Northwestern's Joshua Wambold possesses the ball as a Parkland player tries to jar it loose during last week's game.