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WP girls’ lax team earns 16-7 win over JMB

(April 10, 2015) Last week Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse Coach Leigh Anne Flounlacker and the Lady Mallards discussed what the group needs to do to be successful for the rest of the season.

“We talked about coming back this week and reevaluating what we wanted to do, if we wanted to stay at the plateau we were at – coming out flat and dropping passes that we know we should be catching – or moving up and working on those small things [to improve],” Flounlacker said. “I think they did a good job with that [Tuesday]. From the goalie all the way up to the attack line looked pretty good.”

The Mallards hosted the James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday. It took less than two minutes for the Prep squad to score. Senior Cecily Sass netted Worcester’s first goal. About 40 seconds later, sophomore Karlie Southcomb provided the Mallards with a 2-0 advantage.

“From the first possession on offense we had the ball for about two minutes and just that is an improvement,” Flounlacker said. “We’ve been previously just going down and trying to get that immediate look and we’ve been forcing it [and] turning it over and just killing our midfielders. We’ve been trying to work on possessing the ball and I think all of them did a really great job settling down the offense and setting the pace for the game.”

At halftime, the home team led 12-3. The Mallards won the game 16-7.

Southcomb led Worcester with three goals and two assists. Senior captain Molly Soulé chipped in with three goals and an assist.

Sophie Brennan, a senior captain, and freshman Marissa Grosso tallied two goals apiece.

Sass, senior Caroline Lindsay, junior captain Grace Tunis and sophomores Leigh Lingo, Olivia Bescak and Melissa Laws each scored a goal.

Senior goalie Carolyn Dorey stopped seven Bennett shots in the first half. Bridget Brown, a junior, recorded two saves in the second half.

“I think we are showing vast improvement. [On Monday during practice], we really tried to work on ball movement and our transitions because we’ve been kind of slacking on that end, dropping easy passes and losing the ball on transition,” Flounlacker said. “I feel like it was a complete 180. We were protecting the ball, we were making crisp passes up and down the field and it looked really good.”

The Mallards will take a trip up the road to play the Salisbury School Dragons today, Friday at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, Worcester will head to Centreville to play the Gunston Day Herons at 4 p.m.

Worcester Prep senior captain Sophie Brennan is tightly guarded as she sprints toward the goal during Tuesday’s game against James M. Bennett. She scored two goals in Worcester’s 16-7 win.

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