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Maintaining possession key to Mallards’ win

(April 26, 2013) Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse Coach Kevin Gates received some words of wisdom from his junior varsity football coach years ago, and he’s relayed the mantra to his team.

“If they don’t have the ball, they can’t score. If they can’t score, they can’t win,” he said.

Senior captain Harrison Brennan, who won each of his 17 face-offs, was key in the Mallards’ 13-5 victory Monday over the Indian River Indians on their field in Berlin.

“Even if we give up a goal, [Brennan] doesn’t let the other team get on a roll because he usually wins the next face-off. That’s huge,” Gates said. “When we have possession of the ball, we have the chance to score. And, it takes pressure off the defense.”

Brennan won the first face-off and scored one minute into the game.

Worcester led 5-1 at the end of the first quarter and 8-3 at halftime. The Indians cut the Mallards’ advantage to three goals in the third, but the home team netted three shots to pull ahead 11-5 with one quarter remaining.

The Prep team scored twice in the fourth quarter to win the game by eight.

“We made it a lot harder than I thought it had to be,” Gates said. “We kind of let them hang around in the third quarter [when the Indians cut the lead to 8-5].”

The Mallards committed six penalties. The Indians scored their second and third goals with a man-up advantage.

Freshman Wyatt Richins was Worcester’s top producer with six goals and an assist. Brennan logged four goals and two assists. Senior captain Gordon Abercrombie and sophomores Sam Deeley and Jon Adkins each scored a goal.

Freshman goalie Wade Walter stopped 11 Indian River shots.

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