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Stephen Decatur sophomore Julianna Fohner carries the ball out of the defensive end during Wednesday’s game against Worcester Prep in Berlin. Decatur won 15-8.

(March 29, 2019) The Stephen Decatur girls’ lacrosse team battled its crosstown rival, Worcester Prep, on Wednesday in their annual competition. Decatur won 15-8.

“They played great. They came out strong and they finished strong,” Decatur Coach Sara Braniecki said. “They were super excited. It’s always a little bit of rivalry, a friendly rivalry. A lot of them are best friends with some of the girls on the team.”

The Lady Seahawks led 8-3 at halftime, playing on Worcester’s field in Berlin. They maintained at least a four-goal lead in the second half.

“Our offense was looking really good from the start. Our defense, I think, improved throughout the game. It was a good day for us,” Braniecki said.

The Seahawks won a majority of the 50/50 balls, they scooped up ground balls, they did well on the draws and communicated with each other, Braniecki said.

Junior Alyssa Romano, sophomore Brittyn Leonard and freshman Darby Moore scored three goals each for Decatur. Romano also won five draws.

Juniors Sarah Engle and Elizabeth Dutton and sophomore Victoria Mueller netted two goals apiece.

Junior Isy Kristick stopped four Worcester shots.

Junior captain Carly Hoffman and freshman Myranda Beebe tallied three goals each for the Lady Mallards. Hoffman also won four draws.

Senior captain Gracie Gardner and junior Abbi Nechay had one goal each.

Sophomore CC Lizas recorded seven saves in goal for Worcester.

Decatur will host the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres today, Friday, in Berlin at 4 p.m.

“I think a lot of what we did [against Worcester] is going to work and help us be successful on Friday,” Braniecki said. “We’re going to keep improving our communication, keep improving our feistiness on defense and I think well be good to go.”

Worcester will go to Lewes, Delaware, to take on the Cape Henlopen Vikings today, at 4:45 p.m.

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