(Nov. 2, 2018) The Worcester Prep field hockey team fought hard until the end, but came up a bit short to the Holly Grove Eagles, 3-1, in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship last Friday in Westover.
“The girls played much better the second half, and we had a lot of shots and offensive possession, we just didn’t score,” Prep Coach Katie Oxenreider said. “In a tough game like that you have to take every scoring chance you have and, unfortunately, they finished their chances more than we did. I was really proud of them for not letting down and fighting back to the end – we just came up short.”
Holly Grove led 1-0 in the first half. The Eagles went up 2-0, and then Prep senior captain Hailee Arrington cut the advantage to one goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the game. Holly Grove secured the victory with a goal in the final minutes.
Prep junior goalie Aly Matha recorded 10 saves.
Worcester finished the season with a 12-6 record, “a huge improvement having only won two games last year,” Oxenreider said.
“This senior group really helped get us on track for a winning season this year,” she added. “The six seniors were all starters and big contributors to our team this year so they will definitely be missed, but they helped our younger players learn and grow this year to be ready for next year.”
Several Lady Mallards were presented Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference awards.
Arrington was named Player of the Year.
“It is really exciting to be named Player of the Year. I think it is an amazing honor considering all the great players in the ESIAC,” Arrington said. “Being chosen out of everyone is such an accomplishment. I think I was chosen because I’m a team player and I demonstrate all the skills I have worked hard to obtain.”
Arrington, senior captain Virginia Bateman and juniors Abbi Nechay, a team captain, Rylie Carey and Hana Miller earned All-ESIAC honors. Senior Maya Natesan received honorable mention distinction.
“We didn’t win the ESIAC, but improved so much from last year that it is still a great achievement and I had so much fun doing it,” Arrington said. “It was in total an amazing experience [playing for Worcester for four years] and I had so much fun making amazing friendships and memories.”
Arrington finished with 18 goals and 10 assists this year. For her career, she tallied 45 goals and had 27 assists.
Nechay was second in scoring this season with 10 goals. She also had seven assists. Natesan recorded nine goals and four assists. Miller and Carey both scored seven goals and had two and eight assists, respectively.