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Worcester Prep junior Rylie Carey carries the ball into the offensive end during Wednesday’s game against Dover in Berlin. Worcester won 21-8.

(May 3, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team is playing top-notch ball with the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship just one week away.

“We’re playing the best lacrosse of the season. Everything is really coming together,” Prep Coach Chris Williams said. “They really are peaking. I’m really proud of them.”

The Lady Mallards led the Salisbury School Dragons 10-2 at halftime on Monday in Salisbury and went on to win, 16-3.

“I challenged them to start strong and they did just that, with three quick goals in the opening minutes to grab momentum early,” Williams said. “We controlled the game early, and I was able to give players a chance to try and practice different positions on the field.”

Eight girls scored goals. Junior captain Carly Hoffman led the team with four goals and senior captain Delaney Abercrombie chipped on with three goals. Abercrombie and junior Abbi Nechay also had two assists.

Senior Clare DeMaille stopped eight shots in goal for Worcester.

“With that win, we officially clinched first place in the ESIAC and will host the championship game next Friday, May 10, versus Saints Peter and Paul,” he said

Worcester welcomed the Dover Senators to Berlin on Wednesday.

The Mallards led 13-4 at halftime. They won the game, 21-8.

“That was a very athletic team … they were not making it easy on us,” Williams said. “After a little bit of a competitive start to the game, we just took control. Our transition was beautiful … then just crisp bang, bang, bang [passes] and finishing our shots [put the game away].”

Abercrombie had four goals and two assists. Senior captain Gracie Gardner chipped in with four goals and one assist.

Freshman Myranda Beebe and junior Madison VanOrden netted three shots apiece. Junior Aly Matha tallied two goals and three assists. Hoffman added two goals and two assists.

DeMallie recorded six saves in the first half. Sophomore C.C. Lizas stopped two Dover shots in the second half.

“Our defense picked up on what they were trying to do and we started to stop it. We took their game plan away from them,” Williams said. “It’s just showing the lax IQ these girls are developing, that they are able to see what the other team is doing and adjust on the field. It’s really fun to watch.”

Worcester will travel to Easton to play Saints Peter and Paul today, Friday, at 4 p.m.

The Mallards will then go to Frederick, Delaware, to take on the St. Thomas More Ravens on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“The way they played [against Dover], we can run with almost anybody we’ve seen or anybody from this area right now,” Williams said. “That was a competitive game that we just ran away with. ”

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