(May 21, 2021) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team wrapped up its season with a 14-7 victory over the James M. Bennett Clippers last Tuesday in Berlin.
The score was tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter and 4-4 at halftime.
“We started out strong by scoring two goals early. We had numerous opportunities to add to that score, but failed to finish,” Prep Coach Drew Haugh said. “Not capitalizing led to a two-minute non-releasable penalty for a late hit after they scored a goal. Then Bennett called a time out and during the time out we were called for an illegal stick and another two-minute non-releasable penalty on top of the other two minutes. With four minutes of penalty time to kill, Bennett was able to tie it at two. The two-man down unit and our goalie did a nice job staving off any more damage. We traded the next two goals and went into half time tied at four.”
During halftime, Haugh said they emphasized pushing the pace, attacking the goal, beating a man, dodging to score, forcing a slide, and dumping it to the open man for a shot. They were also encouraged to change up their shot, to beat a skilled goalie.
“The kids responded, and with Tristan Weinstein controlling the face off X (he won 20 face-offs), we reeled off seven goals to their one,” Haugh said.
Worcester led 11-5 at the end of the third.
During a Bennett timeout, Haugh said “we empathized to our team, the importance of maintaining the momentum they had secured.”
Sophomore Jack Gardner, senior captain Graham McColgan and senior Brugh Moore scored three goals apiece. Junior Austin Airey chipped in with two goals and two assists.
Goalie senior captain Hunter Gentry recorded 14 saves.
Worcester finished the season with an 8-2 record, and also won the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship.
The Mallards earned the trophy with a 15-2 victory over the Salisbury School Dragons Wednesday, May 5, in Salisbury.
Worcester had a big first quarter, netting eight unanswered goals. Neither team scored in the second quarter, which included a storm rolling in and 45-minute delay.
The Mallards added four in the third and three fourth quarter.
Gentry was unable to play due to an AP exam, so junior defenseman Bennett Tinkler manned the goal and did a fantastic job, Haugh said. He made 10 saves.
“This is an exceptional bunch of kids that are loved by all the coaching staff. We are very proud of these boys. All the coaches agree, this was a special team to coach,” Haugh said.
Airey led the team with five goals. McColgan has two goals and two assists. Senior Mason Brown also tallied two goals
Weinstein went 15-for-2 on faceoffs.
Captains, junior Brice Richins and senior Connor Carpenter, and junior Anders Taylor were exceptional in the defensive end of the field, Haugh said.
“We couldn’t be happier how the season played out. It was such a fun team to coach,” Haugh said. “They worked hard, cared about each other, and seemed to enjoy the journey. They were art in motion. Getting the opportunity to hang out with these guys the last couple months was such a pleasure. Wouldn’t trade this season for anything in the world.”
Airey led the team in goals this season with 19. He also had four assists.
Gardner finished with 17 goals and 12 assists. Senior John Arrington had 17 goals five assists. Moore contributed 17 goals and eight assists and McColgan had 14 goals seven assists.
Gentry recorded 114 saves in nine games.
Players who received all-conference honors were: Gentry, Carpenter, Gardner, Richins, Airey, Moore, and McColgan (honorable mention).
“We are graduating six players – John, Brugh, Mason, Graham, Connor and Hunter. All six played an instrumental role in the overall success of the team. We will sorely miss these guys next year,” Haugh said. “I have been so blessed to have been given the opportunity to coach lacrosse at Worcester Prep. Coach [Matt] McGinnis has been such a beacon of light for me. His support, on and off the field, has been immeasurable … Again, I am so blessed to have our coaching staff … And what made this first season such a memorable one, is the kids.”