(May 17, 2013) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team’s season came to an end last Wednesday, when the Mallards fell to the Calverton Cougars, 18-6, in the Metro Independent Lacrosse League’s east division semifinals.
“They’re a very good team and unfortunately, we just came out flat,” Prep Coach Kevin Gates said after the May 8 game in Annapolis. “Defensively, we tried to go from zone to man-to-man and it didn’t seem to matter. They were taking advantage of everything we were doing. We seemed very stagnant and they were finding our holes.”
The Cougars scored three quick goals and led 7-1 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the home team had built a 12-2 advantage.
Both squads netted four shots apiece in the third quarter.
“We had a good third quarter,” Gates said. “At least we gave them a good fight in the third quarter and we fought until the end.”
Senior captain Harrison Brennan and freshman Wyatt Richins each scored two goals for Worcester. Wade Walter, a freshman, stopped 15 Cougars’ shots in goal for the Mallards.
The Prep squad finished the season 7-10. It was the team’s first time competing in the MILL. The Mallard’s also participated in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference this year. Worcester captured its fifth consecutive ESIAC trophy last week.
Brennan, who scored 49 goals and logged 17 assists this season, was named EAISC Player of the Year. Mallards who received First Team All-ESIAC honors are Brennan, Richins, Walter, junior Luke Payne and seniors Gordon Abercrombie and Chris Adkins. Second team accolades went to sophomores Jon Adkins and Sam Deeley, junior Jack Marshall and freshman Michael Brittingham.
“It was a tough year. We sustained a lot of losses in terms of personnel (to graduation) and it was tough to replace all those good players. And, we had some injuries also this season,” Gates said. “I’m proud of the way the seniors and the whole team hung in there. They fought through adversity and they never gave up.”
Four seniors will graduate at the end of the month. A number of underclassmen gained varsity experience this season, which bodes well for the future of the program.