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Worcester boys’ lax team wins fifth consecutive ESIAC title

(May 10, 2013) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team captured its fifth consecutive Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship trophy on Tuesday, topping the Salisbury School Dragons 13-3 in the tournament finals.

The Mallards led 3-1 after the first quarter and went into the break ahead 5-2 on their field in Berlin.

At the end of the third quarter, the home team has boosted its advantage 9-3.

“We scored a couple goals early in the third quarter and we took off from there,” said Prep Coach Kevin Gates.

Senior captain Harrison Brennan scored five goals and had an assist. Freshman Wyatt Richins chipped in with four goals.

Gates praised their performances along with the play of freshman defender Michael Brittingham, who the coach said had his best game of the season, freshman short stick defensive midfielder Ross Dickerson and goalie Wade Walter. The freshman goalie stopped seven Dragons’ shots.

“I thought we did well,” Gates said. “Last week was one of the toughest weeks I’ve had at Worcester, but to see the way the kids responded was great.”

Last Tuesday, the Mallards poor performance led to a 10-8 loss to Indian River. The next day, the boys’ played well and gave it their all but fell short against Wilmington Friends, 12-9. A few days later, the Prep squad came out flat against St. Andrews on May 3, and lost 10-6.

In addition to the ESIAC, the Mallards are also in the Metro Independent Lacrosse League’s east division this year. Since the same teams are in the MILL and ESIAC playoffs, Tuesday’s game was also the MILL quarterfinals.

The win advanced Worcester to Wednesday’s MILL semifinals. The Berlin team traveled to the Annapolis area to battle the Calverton Cougars, but lost 18-6.

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