Worcester Prep boys’ lax team wins ESIAC title

(May 8, 2015) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team’s season came to an end Wednesday with a 17-8 loss to the Calverton Cougars in the semifinal round of the Metro Independent Lacrosse League.

“We fought all the way through the end. They’re just a really good team,” Prep Coach Kevin Gates said.

Calverton scored five goals in the first quarter. At halftime in Huntingtown, the Cougars led 10-3. Freshman Brendan Miller had two of Worcester’s goals and sophomore Patrick Petrera had one.

Junior captain Wyatt Richins scored the Mallards lone goal in the third quarter. After three, Calverton was ahead 16-4.

Worcester tallied four goals in the final quarter, courtesy of Richins (two), Miller and Petrera, and held Calverton to one.

Assistant captain Wade Walter, a junior, recorded 11 saves in goal for the Mallards.

“I felt we played some of the best offense we’ve played all year,” Gates said. “We cleared the ball better than we have been, too.”

Worcester advanced to the MILL semifinals with a 16-4 victory over the Salisbury School Dragons on Monday in Berlin. Since Worcester and Salisbury were the top two teams in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, Monday’s games was not only the MILL quarterfinals, but it was also the ESIAC championship.

The Mallards led 8-0 at end of the first quarter and 12-0 at the halftime break.

Walter stopped four Salisbury shots in the first half. Freshman Jack Fager took over in the goal in the second half, making four saves.

“We were a little lazy at the beginning, but then they picked it up and played very well,” Gates said.

Miller and sophomore Reid Carey scored four goals apiece. Richins had three goals and Staton Whaley, a junior, chipped in with two goals. Petrera and freshman Porter Bunting netted one shot each.

Junior assistant captain Ross Dickerson won 11 of 14 face-offs, scooped up 10 ground balls and scored one goal.

The victory earned the Mallards their seventh consecutive ESIAC championship trophy.

Worcester finished the season with a 12-4 record.

“It was a great year. All of the teams we lost to were better than us and we beat the teams we were supposed to,” Gates said.

The biggest victory of the season, Gates said, was against Tower Hill. The Mallards pulled out an 8-7 win on April 2.

“It was a great win. A great team effort,” he said.

The team will lose only one player – senior assistant captain Will Pedigo – to graduation.

“We should be very good next year,” Gates said, adding a number of talented upperclassmen will be returning and underclassmen will be back with a year of experience under their belts.

Gates said a large group of eighth graders, who will be freshmen next year, could also give the program a boost.

Worcester Prep junior assistant captain Ross Dickerson dives over his Salisbury School face-off opponent to scoop up the ball during Monday’s game in Berlin. He won 11 of 14 face-offs.

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