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Prep lacrosse team ‘still a work in progress,’ Coach Gates says

(April 19, 2013) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team has started and finished games strong this season, but struggled during the quarters in between.

“We’ve been playing well in the first and fourth quarters,” Coach Kevin Gates said of his Mallards. “We start well and we finish well, we’ve just got to figure out the middle.”

Senior captain Harrison Brennan gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead about two minutes into the first quarter of last Friday’s game against the Archmere Academy Auks in Berlin. Archmere tied the score seconds later, but Brennan put the Prep team on top 2-1 with 6:24 remaining in the quarter. He logged his third goal at the 5:01 mark.

The Auks netted a shot with a little more than three minutes left on the clock to cut Worcester’s advantage to one.

Sophomore Sam Deeley scored with 2:46 to play and 45 seconds later, senior captain Gordon Abercrombie tallied the Mallards’ fifth goal. The home team led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.

Archmere scored two goals in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Brennan boosted his team’s advantage to two at the 8-minute mark.

The visiting squad netted two goals in the final minutes of the half and the score was tie 6-6 at the break.

Archmere tacked on three in the third quarter to lead 9-6. The Auks won 13-9.

“They played really hard. We did some good things, but there [are] some things we need to fix,” Gates said. “It’s a young team. We’re getting there.”

Brennan was the Mallards’ top producer with four goals. He won 15 of 21 face-offs. Prep goalie Wade Walter, a freshman, stopped 16 shots.

On Tuesday, Worcester hosted the Delmarva Christian Royals and won 19-2.

The Mallard led 9-0 at the end of the first quarter and 14-0 at halftime.

“It’s definitely nice to get a win,” Gates said. “We’re getting better. We’re still a work in progress.”

Brennan recoreded six goals and one assist. Junior Thomas Buas contributed with four goals and an assist.

Walter stopped six shots in three quarters. Sophomore Ali Khan made four saves in the fourth quarter.

Worcester is scheduled to travel to the Annapolis area today, Friday, to battle Calverton.

Freshman Wyatt Richins controls the ball for Worcester Prep during last Friday’s game against Archmere Academy in Berlin. Worcester lost 13-9.

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