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Lady Mallards hope to repeat as ESIAC champs

(Aug. 30, 2013) Over the years, the story of the Worcester Prep field hockey team has been “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” The Lady Mallards have come close, but they have never captured the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship title–that was until last year.

The 2012 squad edged out Sts. Peter & Paul 3-2 to finally win the coveted trophy–the first time in the program’s history.

There was only one senior–goalie Claire Brown– on the team last year. Everyone else who contributed to the successful season has returned in 2013 and the girls are chomping at the bit to get back to the big game.

“This year, one of our top goals is to end up where we were last year as ESIAC champion,” said senior two-time captain Meg Lingo, a member of the team since her freshman year. She scored the winning goal in the title game. “It was very exciting [capturing the title] especially being the first time in school history, so hopefully we can do it again and have two banners. I feel like we have a lot of potential so I’m really excited for our season to start.”

Lingo was named the 2012 ESIAC Player of the Year and also received First Team honors.

Senior Sarah Arrington (All-Conference First Team) is also a captain again this year. She will play on the forward line with Lingo. Ali Greer (First Team), a senior, will join them on offense.

Seniors also back to compete are All-Conference Second Team members Hannah Esham (wing) and captain Maddy Stearns (defense), Libby Truitt (defense), an Honorable Mention recipient; and goalie Maddy Pilchard.

“Being center back, I can see almost the whole entire field so one of my main jobs and Maddy Pilchard’s, our goalie, is to tell people who they have to get on, who they should defend, that’s kind of the main job of defense,” said Stearns, a four-year player. “Fortunately, we have pretty much our same team from last year and we’re all excited and working well together.”

Veteran juniors, Jordie Loomis (First Team), who Coach Jenny Frostrom said is the “heartbeat of the midfield” and “keeps everyone going,” and Natalie Twilley (Honorable Mention) return in the midfield, Carolyn Dorey will play on the defensive line and Caroline Lindsay will take the field at the forward position.

Sophomores Hannah Arrington (defense) and Hanna Nechay (forward) are also returning veterans.

Forward Emmi Shockley competed her freshman year, but missed the 2012 season because she was an actor in the movie Ping Pong Summer, which was filmed in Ocean City. She is back this year.

Newcomers who will contribute include freshmen offensive players, twins Regan and Leigh Lingo, sophomores Taylor Zarif (defense) and Isabel Carulli (midfield). Freshman Margaret McGuiness will be the junior varsity goalie and backup for Pilchard on varsity.

“I think we’ve picked up where we left off last year,” said Frostrom, now in her seventh season at the helm. She was named 2012 ESIAC Coach of the Year. The team went 12-2 last year.

Frostrom has 24 players on her roster, 14 of whom are veterans. Two sophomores and eight freshmen have joined the team.

“We have some strong incoming freshmen and the two new sophomores bring a lot of talent and (field hockey) background with them so I think we’re even stronger that we were last year,” she said. “The seniors and juniors are just such good models and teachers for the large freshman group.”

When asked how she would describe the squad, Frostrom said “unstoppable.”

“We have too many strong players and not enough spots on the field,” she said. “They’re very motivated, focused and highly skilled players. They need to continue to push themselves to be better every time they step on the field, both individually and as a team.”

Worcester Prep senior captain Meg Lingo, left, and junior Carolyn Dorey compete in a drill during Tuesday’s practice at the Berlin school.

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