(March 29, 2019) The last time the Stephen Decatur boys’ lacrosse team beat Worcester Prep was in 2015. On Wednesday, the Seahawks ended their losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Mallards.
“I think they played great. It’s extra special for me, being that I was on the other side of it last year and I’m able to get the victory for the boys this year over at Decatur,” said Decatur Coach Merle “Hoffy” Hoffman.
Hoffman was on the Worcester Prep coaching staff the last two years before taking over Decatur’s varsity program this season.
“Our defense was great and we capitalized when we needed to,” Hoffman said. “We played disciplined. Sure there’s areas we still need to improve on, but … It’s our first game of the year.”
Worcester led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter on its home field in Berlin, with goals by senior captain Alec Dembeck and senior Owen Tunis. Decatur tallied two goals in the second quarter to pull ahead 3-2.
Senior captain Chase Porter, sophomore Tiernan Weinstein and freshman Austin Airey scored first-half goals for Decatur.
After three quarters, the Seahawks were on top, 5-3, with goals from Airey and junior captain Eric Gwin. Sophomore Graham McColgan tallied Worcester’s goal.
Senior captain Cole Berry netted the Mallards’ fourth goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game.
Decatur junior Tony Scafone stopped 11 shots. Sophomore Hunter Gentry recorded 12 saves in goal for Worcester.
“It’s the in-town rival. All the guys are friends and the week leading up to the game is always good also,” Hoffman said. “They wanted it. It was will and heart. That’s what it came down to.”
Worcester’s next game is today, Friday, at 6:30 p.m. in Lewes, Delaware, against the Cape Henlopen Vikings.
Decatur will go to Georgetown Delaware, to play the Sussex Central Golden Knights, today, at 5:30 p.m.