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Lady Mallards top Howard, Reservoir

(April 5, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team traveled to Elkridge, Md. last Saturday to compete in a tournament with the Howard Lions, Reservoir Gators and Wilde Lake Wildecats.

The Lady Mallards first went head-to-head with the Gators. Up 10-4 at halftime, Worcester went on to win 20-11.

“We were still a little rusty so it was a good chance to get the kinks out,” said Prep Coach Page Rogers. “We kept improving. Our passes were cleaner and more accurate, and we were moving well as a team.”

Senior Meredith Soulé, junior Lilly DiNardo and sophomore Sophie Brennan scored three goals apiece. Junior Kristen Shriver logged two goals and four assists.

Sophomore Carolyn Dorey started in goal for the Mallards, and junior Maddie Pilchard took over in the second half. Both girls recorded five saves.

The Mallards matched up against the Lions next and it was a battle. The score was tied five times, but it was Worcester who came out on top 9-8.

“They were physically bigger and stronger than us and they had a lot of really good players,” Rogers said. “It was a tough game from the first whistle.”

Rogers said the Mallards were on a roll at the end of the first half and they went into the break with a 6-5 lead.

According to the rulebook, there is a running clock except when goals are scored and on every whistle during the last two minutes of each half. During the last two minutes of the Worcester-Howard game, the clock did not stop, as the score was tied 8-8.

In the final seconds, Pilchard stopped a free-position shot and passed the ball to DiNardo, who moved it up the field. She was fouled as the horn sounded to end the game. DiNardo was awarded her shot and scored to give Worcester a 9-8 victory.

“The girls played with a lot of heart. We were playing against a strong, aggressive team and we had to play a complete game of lacrosse,” Rogers said. “We played great pressure defense, we communicated well and we were patient on offense, but we’re still dropping a lot of balls.”

DiNardo led the Mallards with five goals. Meredith Smith scored two, and fellow senior captain Alex Bruder chipped in with one. Junior Cynthia Delaney also contributed a goal.

Dorey stopped four shots in the first half and Pilchard made eight saves in the second.

The Mallards kept the momentum on Tuesday when they played the Gunston Day Herons in Centreville. Junior Meg Lingo scored four goals and had an assist in the 19-1 win. DiNardo and senior captain Molly Marshall each netted three.

The Prep squad is scheduled to play Tower Hill today, Friday, at Wesley College in Dover Del. St. Mary’s Ryken is slated to visit Berlin on Saturday for a noon match-up against Worcester.

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