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Lady Mallards gain big lead in second half, win game 18-12

(April 26, 2013) Goals were traded in the first half of last Friday’s match-up between Worcester Prep and Calverton in Berlin, but the Lady Mallards’ lacrosse team went on to win 18-12.

“We always seem to play at the level of the other team. We were a little flat and we were just doing enough to get by in the first half,” said Prep Coach Page Rogers. “We’re a second-half team.”

The visiting Cougars scored about four minutes into the game, but junior Cynthia Delaney answered 40 seconds later.

Calverton moved ahead 2-1, but the lead was temporary, as senior Meredith Soulé and junior Kristin Shriver each scored, giving Worcester a 3-2 lead. But the Cougars netted a shot two minutes after Shriver’s goal to tie the score.

Senior captain Alex Bruder put the Mallards on top 4-3 6:10 before halftime, and Calverton scored with 41 seconds remaining to make it 4-4.

Junior Lilly DiNardo found her mark with 22.9 seconds on the clock. She won the ensuing draw and scored to boost Worcester’s advantage 6-4.

“[During halftime] we talked about playing our game and not playing to their level,” Rogers said.

Shriver capitalized less than three minutes into the second half and the Mallards rolled from that point.

Worcester increased its lead 15-4, and despite a late charge by Calverton, the home team held on for the win.

“We came to life in the first part of the second half. All the little things that count we started to do,” Rogers said. “Calverton was down by 10 goals and then the game got a little chaotic and they started to foul us more. Emotionally, we let them get in our heads and our defense just fell apart.”

DiNardo had five goals and one assist to lead Worcester. Shriver netted five goals and Soulé had two goals and three assists.

Sophomore goalie Carolyn Dorey made one save in the first quarter. Junior Maddie Pilchard stopped six Calverton shots in the second.

The Mallards are scheduled to travel to into Delaware to play the Cape Henlopen Vikings on Tuesday.

Worcester Prep senior captain Meredith Smith heads to the goal during last Friday’s game against Calverton in Berlin. Worcester won 18-12.

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