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(Right) Worcester Prep junior captain Jack Gardner takes the ball behind the goal during Monday’s game against Sussex Academy in Berlin. He had three goals and three assists in the 16-10 win. (Left) Senior captain Brice Richins finished the game with one goal and one assists.

(May 6, 2022) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team won 16-10 over the Sussex Academy Seahawks on Monday in Berlin.

“We played good lacrosse and not so good lacrosse. We played more good lacrosse than bad, but we know we can play better,” said Prep Coach Drew Haugh. “Our goal is to try to always play four great quarters [and] not take off a quarter or two. Ideally, not take off a minute or two.

“But, realistically, that would be asking for perfection, and we just want the kids to strive for that, knowing perfection is not reality, but you can get pretty close if you pay attention, do the little things, play fundamentally sound, and never stop hustling,” he continued.

Worcester led 5-3 at end of the first quarter.

“Credit Sussex Academy, they made us work for everything,” Haugh said. “They went up 2-0 by scoring back-to-back goals within 14 seconds of each other. We have been down early before, so we know not to panic. We scored the next three goals to go up by one.”

The Seahawks tied it up, then junior captain Griffin Jones netted a shot with 55 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Mallards went up by two with six seconds on the clock with another goal by Jones.

The Mallards outscored their opponent, 4-1, in the second, to pull ahead, 9-4.

“With the momentum heading into the second quarter, we were hoping to deliver a knockout blow. However, the two teams were stalemated, until the halfway mark, when [junior captain] Jack Gardner scorched the back of the net, unassisted,” Haugh said. “Then, we put a little run together with Griff scoring his fifth goal, assisted by Jack. Next, [freshman] Ryan Mann scored a goal on an assist from Griff. With 16 seconds left before halftime, the dynamic duo – Griff nailed a goal off of an assist from Jack.”

After three, the Berlin squad had a 15-7 advantage.

“A big positive we can take from this game is the fact it was a bounce-back game,” Haugh said. “We have lost three times this season and all three losses we got beat good. But, after each loss, we came back and won the next game. That is a positive in all sports.”

Jones led Worcester with eight goals and five assists. Mann and Gardner scored three goals and had three assists each.

Senior captain Brice Richins (one assist) and freshman Jack Lynch tallied one goal apiece.

Senior captain, goalie Bennett Tinkler, recorded 11 saves.

“Bennett Tinkler had an exceptional game. He had 11 saves, and just about every one of them were tough ones to make,” Haugh said.

Haugh also praised the performance of several other players.

“[Senior] Michael Wehberg played an outstanding game. He usually does. But, because of injuries and illness, Mike was called upon to do triple the work – from facing off to playing on the wing, to short stick midfielder, playing offense, and man down defense. Whatever we asked him to do, he did. He can run all day, and we asked him to do just that. Mike picks up countless ground balls and is a one-man clearing machine,” he said. “[Freshman] Dillon Scopp came off the bench and gave us some depth. He even took a face-off and won it clean against their big gun. [Sophomore] Max Halle came in to help on the defense and had a beautiful bounce pass clear. [Sophomore] Abott Browne was a big help at the midfield. Short stick middies, [sophomores] Connor Ferguson and Kannon Cropper, did a great job playing defense and clearing the ball.”

Worcester will host the Sussex Tech Ravens today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in Berlin, for Senior Night.

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