(Oct. 25, 2019) The Worcester Prep field hockey team may have lost its final game, but it was the Lady Mallards’ best performance of the season.
“Our final game was our best game yet. We were playing one player short and actually scored on them first,” Prep Coach Katie Oxenreider said. “I’m very proud of how they played the last game of the season.”
Senior captain Abbi Nechay put Worcester on the board about 12 minutes into the game on Monday. The Delmarva Christian Royals tallied two goals before halftime in Georgetown, Delaware.
The Royals made it 3-1, but Nechay cut the lead to one with just under 18 minutes remaining in the game.
Delmarva Christian won, 4-2.
“We held it to 3-2 until the final two minutes of the game and that’s a huge improvement for our team,” Oxenreider said. “They were making some nice passes to each other and had a 17 shots versus their eight shots on goal. We also had the advantage in eight corners to their seven. They have a very talented goalie so that really helped Delmarva Christian stay in the game.”
The Prep team was young this year, with five eighth graders on the roster. The Mallards finished with a 3-11 record. They came in fifth place in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference standings and did not advance to the playoffs.
“The most important thing about this season was that it got young players really excited about improving and getting better,” Oxenreider said. “I had awesome senior leaders that helped them learn and get better each step of the way. It may not look like much with a losing record, but this team really worked together and improved every step of the way.”
Oxenreider said it was fun to watch the young players learn and grow.
“A lot of times they were just thrown into it, learning and building on what the older players were doing. Some had never even played before this year,” she said. “They were all excited and are looking forward to the next season.”
The team will graduate its two senior captains – Nechay and Rylie Carey. They were both named to the All-ESIAC Team.
“Abbi and Rylie were amazing leaders this year. They took it in stride as they had to essentially teach younger players while they were on the field,” Oxenreider said.
Nechay contributed 15 goals and three assists as the team’s center midfielder. She finished her high school career with 31 goals and 14 assists.
She will play Division I field hockey at Monmouth University next fall.
Carey scored four goals and added three assists this year, “doing a lot of work as our right midfielder and sometimes right wing,” Oxenreider said.
“Their heart and love for the game will be missed next year,” Oxenreider said.
Junior defender Claire Williams earned ESIAC honorable mention accolades.
“I’ll miss our seniors who have been major contributors the last four years,” Oxenreider added. “The good news is, that our team is very young and we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.”