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(May 10, 2019) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team captured the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship on April 27, and now the Mallards hope to win a Metro Independent Lacrosse League title.

Worcester used last Saturday’s game against the Delmar Wildcats in Berlin to work on some things and prepare for the MILL championship.

Sophomore John Arrington led Worcester with four goals and four assists in the 17-2 win. Senior captain Alec Dembeck had four goals and one assist. Senior Owen Tunis scored three. Sophomore Hunter Gentry and freshman Bennett Tinkler recorded five and four saves, respectively.

“Every time we play we try to get better. We used this game to get better for the MILL championship,” Prep Coach John Moeser said. “We moved the ball pretty well and played with intensity the entire game.”

Worcester will meet the Calverton Cougars at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, for a 7 p.m. title competition tonight.

Moeser said he watched game film this week from when his team played Calverton on April 18. The Cougars won 9-5 in Huntingtown, Maryland.

Moeser said they would focus on what they did well during that match and try to improve what didn’t work.

After a long bus ride to the game, Moeser said the Mallards didn’t take care of the ball and made some mental mistakes.

“It took us a while to get into the game,” he said. “We need to come out focused right off the bat Friday night.”

Worcester had a 2-1 lead over Calverton, but with about five minutes left in the first half, the Cougars netted six unanswered shots.

“We made a little run in the second half, but it wasn’t enough,” Moeser said.

If the Mallards (10-4) can play the way Moeser know they are capable of, then there is no stopping them.

“We have to come out and play,” he said. “We need to take better care of the ball – we had too many turnovers last time. We didn’t shoot the first game and there were close-range opportunities that we didn’t finish. We were 0-6 in man-up. We need to [capitalize] when we’re a man up.”

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