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Worcester Prep senior John Arrington carries the ball up the field during last Friday’s game against Salisbury School in Berlin. He led with three goals and three assists in the 15-5 victory.

(April 23, 2021) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team had a big eight-goal first quarter and went on to win last Friday’s game, 15-5, over the Salisbury School Dragons in Berlin.

The Mallards added two more goals in the second quarter to lead 10-1 at halftime. They tacked on three goals in the third and two in the fourth.

“They play a very good game. Salisbury was limited in numbers and skill level, but they never stopped playing hard, and kept battling the whole game,” said Prep Coach Drew Haugh.

Senior John Arrington led Worcester with three goals and three assists. Sophomore Jack Gardner chipped in with two goals and three assists. Senior Brugh Moore scored three goals and junior Austin Airey had two.

Sophomore Griffin Jones netted one goal and had one assists.

“The best thing that happened in our game was when [freshman] Hunter Simone scored a goal, taking a nice shot, high and over the goalie’s shoulder, for his first career goal. After that, the team was determined to get the ball to two other players who have never scored a goal,” Haugh said. “The unselfishness of the team to put their own stats on the back burner to try to get their teammates a goal was quite satisfying, and fun to be a part of, for the entire coaching staff.

“After a quarter and a half or so, trying to lock and load their teammates, they hit the jackpot, and [freshman] Adam Hafez dented the back of the net. A short time later, [junior] Hugh Cropper, worked his way through the opposition’s defense, and stuck his first goal of his career. To see each of these young men receive a game ball from the officials, put a smile on everyone’s face.”

Senior captain Hunter Gentry recorded 11 saves in goal for Worcester.

Junior Tristan Weinstein won 15 of the 19 face-offs he took.

“We told the kids the other day that the two most important positions on the field is the face-off guy and the goalie,” Haugh said. “If you have a player that can control the draw, and you have a keeper that can gobble up most of the other team’s shots, it puts you in position to compete with other teams that might be more talented, overall. Gaining possession of the ball at the X, and shutting the door in the goal, can be a wicked combination in lacrosse.

“We are fortunate to have a top face-off man, Tristan Weinstein, who dominated on the face offs,” Haugh added. “And shutting the door, we have Hunter Gentry, who is just plain ‘nasty’ when making save after save.”

Worcester will host the Cape Henlopen Vikings on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Berlin.

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