(April 5, 2019) Chris Williams scored his first victory as head coach of the Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team on Monday, and then earned his second two days later.

The Lady Mallards edged out the James M. Bennett Clippers, 14-11, on Monday in Salisbury.

“The team was very pumped,” Williams said after the win. “[It was] our first win and my first varsity win as a coach, so everyone was really excited.”

Goals were traded in the first half. About eight seconds before halftime, Prep junior Abbi Nechay scored to tie the game, 5-5.

The goal helped swing the momentum in Worcester’s favor and the girls came out firing in the second half, Williams said.

“They were all focused,” he said.

Tied 6-6, the Lady Mallards went on a six-goal run to pull ahead 12-6.

“Winning draws was a big part of it,” Williams said. “Gracie [Gardner] said, ‘Coach, I got this.’ It turned the tide with her draws. We won draw after draw and just went down and scored.”

Bennett chipped away at Worcester’s advantage, but the defense came up big, Williams said.

Nechay led the team with six goals and two assists. Gardner, a senior captain, scored four goals and won four draws. She also scooped up three ground balls. Junior Aly Matha tallied two goals and two assists.

Sophomore CC Lizas recorded eight saves in goal for Worcester.

“We played great. We needed this win,” Williams said. “Things started to fall into place. Overall, it was a very well executed game. They were determined to get the win.”

Win No. 2 came on Wednesday on the Mallards’ home field.

The Berlin squad led the Salisbury School Dragons 10-2 at halftime and won 20-3.

“They started out a little slow … I think it just took us a little bit to find our groove but, once we did, I thought we did really well,” Williams said. “We were moving the ball, we were unselfish. Fundamentally, we picked it up, we won draws, we got ground balls, [and] we cleared the ball. We did everything pretty well.”

Senior goalie Clare DeMallie recorded seven saves.

“Clare did great in the goal. She came up big a couple times,” Williams said. “She made some nice, difficult saves.”

The victory was a team effort and many players contributed. Thirteen girls scored goals and nine had assists.

Nechay tallied three goals and two assists. Senior captain Delaney Abercrombie scored three goals and scooped up four ground balls.

Junior captain Carly Hoffman chipped in with one goal and one assist. She won four draws and picked up five ground balls.

“It was good preparation for our game on Saturday,” Williams said.

Worcester will host the Northern Patriots on Saturday at noon. The Mallards will play the Parkside Rams on Monday at 4 p.m. in Salisbury.

“I told them I don’t care what the score is, we have to be proud of the way we play,” Williams said. “If we go out and we play a fundamentally strong, sound game and we lose, I’m OK with that.”

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