(May 17, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team dominated the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game last Friday in Berlin, trouncing the Saints Peter and Paul Sabres, 18-5, to win its seventh consecutive title.
“We played well. It was a fun game because Saints Peter and Paul played hard and they were competitive. They didn’t have the firepower to match us, but they played with heart,” Prep Coach Chris Williams said. “It was not an easy game, even though we won by a lot.”
The Lady Mallards led 12-3 at halftime.
“We’ve been playing at a high level awhile now and we just kept it up. We really put it all together and played a fundamentally sound game,” Williams said. “Our transition was beautiful again. We scored numerous goals on transition.”
The girls also played unselfishly, as many goals were assisted.
“It was a great way to go out,” Williams said. “It was an exhibition of everything we learned and worked on during the season. I couldn’t have scripted it any better. I’m so proud of them.”
Junior captain Carly Hoffman led Worcester with four goals. Senior captain Delaney Abercrombie chipped in with three goals and two assists. Freshman Myranda Beebe contributed with two goals and five assists.
Senior goalie Clare DeMallie recorded five saves in the first half. Sophomore CC Lizas stopped four shots in the second half.
“Everyone played. It was a full team effort,” Williams said. “It was a great way to send the seniors off.”
Several Prep players earned All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honors for their performance during the season.
Hoffman, Abercrombie, Beebe, senior captain Gracie Gardner and juniors Abbi Nechay, Madison VanOrden and Aly Matha received accolades.
Hoffman was also named Player of the Year. She finished the season with 36 goals and 18 assists.
Nechay led the team with 37 goals and 38 assists. Abercrombie tallied 35 goals and 24 assists.
Worcester ended the season with a 13-4 record. The Mallards accomplished their goal of winning the conference title.
“We played some good lacrosse pretty much the entire season,” Williams said. “We grew and developed as a team. Record-wise, we were successful, but the development the players had, the camaraderie, they had a lot of fun together, it was just a positive season from start to finish.”
Williams was the coach of the Worcester Prep Middle School program for three seasons before taking over the varsity team this year. He enjoyed his first season as head coach.
“I loved it. I absolutely had the time of my life,” he said. “I’m sad it’s over, but I’m looking forward to next year.”
The team will graduate seven seniors, most of them main contributors.
“We had some great leadership. We’ll miss the seniors,” he said. “There will be some big shoes to fill. We have a big junior class that will be seniors next year and they’ll take the reigns. We’ll be senior-heavy next year.”