(May 10, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team beat the Saints Peter and Paul Sabres twice during the regular season and now the Lady Mallards hope to make it a three-peat, this time for the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship title.

“We’re definitely playing at our highest level of the season,” Prep Coach Chris Williams said. “Our transition is incredible, defense has greatly improved and on offense we’ve be fine-tuning our plays, moving the ball and making more efficient passes.”

The Mallards outscored the Sabres 22-2 on April 12 in Berlin. The teams met again last Friday in Easton. Despite a slow start, some turnovers and a few bad passes, the Prep squad came out on top, 21-7.

“We picked it up and pulled it together,” Williams said. “Once we settled down, we were able to get the motion offense down, run our plays [and] cuts, make more accurate passes, and we were moving the ball around.”

Senior captain Gracie Gardner led the Mallards with five goals. Junior captain Carly Hoffman chipped in with four goals and senior captain Delaney Abercrombie scored three.

Prep senior goalie Clare DeMallie recored four saves in the first half. Sophomore CC Lizas stopped three shots in the second half.

Worcester finished the regular season with a 12-4 record. The Mallards will host the Sabres today, Friday, at 4 p.m. for the championship.

“We beat them twice, but we won’t take it for granted. Anything can happen in playoffs,” Williams said. “We’re definitely not looking past them.”

The girls practiced well this week and they look sharp, Williams said. They are motivated to end the season with a win and send the seven seniors off with a championship. They also want to give Williams his first title as head coach.

“It will be the last time this team plays together,” he said. “I want to see good lacrosse, a lot of assists, solid defense, communication, energy, and winning the 50/50 balls. I want to see them working as a team. I want this to be their best game yet.”

Williams said the Mallards are ready.

“I want to see everything we’ve worked on at practice come together on the field,” Williams said. “We definitely want to go out with our best game.”

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