(May 21, 2021) Despite losing 13-6, to Saints Peter and Paul in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game last Monday in Easton, the Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team ended the season on a high note.
“We got better vs Saints Peter and Paul each time we played them – 19-1, 14-3 and 13-6 – I am so proud of these girls. This was our best game of the season,” said Prep Coach Chris Williams. “It was fun and competitive, we won many draws, caused a lot of turnovers, got a lot of scoring opportunities. [And we] played great defense … Overall, we played hard with them the entire game and our girls held their heads up high afterwards.”
Prep junior captain Myranda Beebe led Decatur with four goals and an assist. Senior captain Sophia Ludt scored two goals.
Freshman goals Caitlin Williams made 20 saves in goal for Decatur.
“Caitlin Williams had another 20-save performance, and earned praise from their coaches and athletic director after the game,” Williams said. “We wouldn’t let them pull away. In the first two games, we scored four goals combined. We scored six [in the championship game], and had many other great chances that hit a pipe, just missed, or were saved by their goalie. Throw in two goals that we gave up that were bad luck goals after an initial stop … and with a couple bounces going our way this could easily have been a much closer game than it was.”
Worcester finished the season with a 5-5 record.
“I tell my team to never be satisfied with a loss, but they can be proud of themselves after a loss if they played their best lacrosse. And they should be proud of themselves … SPP is a very talented team, and we gave them a scare that I don’t think they were expecting,” Williams said. “But we’re also not satisfied, and already are talking about how to continue this growth and development into next year.
“My team was very young and inexperienced after losing 13 seniors, and these girls got some very valuable playing time this year against top competition that will help them in years to come,” Williams added. “We learned. We grew as a team, and we were playing our best lacrosse at the end of the season. I am very happy with how this season went … We knew there were going to be challenges, but we used those to get better every day. We will be losing three seniors who are all captains, who will definitely be missed.”
Worcester players who earned All-ESIAC accolades were: senior captain Claire Williams, Beebe, junior Brooke Emeigh, sophomore Annie Carter, and Caitlin Williams.
Honorable mention distinction was presented to freshman Reagan Sterrs.
Beebe led the team with 44 goals and nine assists, and was one of the best two-way midfielders in the conference, Williams said.
“She scored, she assisted others, and she was a big part of our defense and draws. Overall she had an incredible year,” Williams said.
Ludt finished with 10 goals.
“Overall, five of our six all-conference players will return. Plus, we have a good group of eighth graders coming up,” Hoffman said. “The future is very bright for Worcester Prep lacrosse.”