(May 17, 2019) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team fought back from a three-goal deficit at halftime and pulled to within one of the Calverton Cougars last Friday, but the Mallards ran out of time and lost the Metro Independent Lacrosse League championship game, 8-7, at Washington College in Chestertown.
“It was a great game. Both teams played well,” Prep Coach John Moeser said. “It was a great atmosphere, big crowd, we played under the lights. It was just a fun game to participate in.”
The game was tied, 2-2, at the end of the first quarter. Calverton outscored Worcester 4-1 in the second quarter to lead 6-3 at halftime.
“Their goalie was great in the first half. We had twice as many shots as Calverton and he made some good saves,” Moeser said. “There was also a stretch in the game where we had some turnovers and didn’t do some things.”
The Mallards scored three in the third quarter, while the Cougars netted two shots. With one quarter to play, Calverton was ahead, 8-6.
“We dug deep and started to play well. We got to within one goal – we had lots of opportunities at the end – but we just ran out of time,” Moeser said.
Everyone was disappointed, Moeser said, but he told his players to hold their heads high, because they could have easily folded when down a few goals. Instead, they battled back.
Senior captain Alec Dembeck scored two goals and had one assist. Sophomore Graham McColgan tallied two goals.
Sophomores John Arrington and Brugh Moore had one goal and one assist each, and senior Jay Gosnear netted one shot.
Sophomore goalie Hunter Gentry stopped 12 Caverton shots.
The Mallards finished the season with a 10-5 record.
“[That’s] a decent record, but we struggled with inconsistency the entire year,” Moeser said. “We had some big wins against quality teams and had a couple bad losses.”
The team participates in both the Metro Independent Lacrosse League and Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference. The Mallards captured the ESIAC championship on April 27.
All-ESIAC awards were presented to Dembeck, McColgan, Gentry, senior captains Cole Berry and Cooper Richins, and freshman Brice Richins.
Gentry was also named ESIAC Player of the Year.
Dembeck led the team this season with 30 goals and 27 assists. McColgan scored 26 goals and had six assists. Arrington recorded 21 goals and 12 assists.
Gentry finished the season with a save percentage of 61 percent. His goals against per game average was 5.53 percent.
Moeser said his first season as head coach of the team was a learning experience, but he enjoyed his time on the field and with the players.
“It was a good time. It was a lot of fun and the kids were great,” he said.
Even though the season just ended, Moeser said he is looking forward to next year.
The team will graduate seven players, six of whom were starters and big contributors.
“We’re losing two of our three starting attack and two of our top-six midfielders, so we’ll have some holes to fill,” Moeser said. “Most of our defense will be returning, so we’ll be strong the