(May 2, 2014) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team pulled out a 13-12 overtime victory over the Archmere Academy Auks last Saturday in Claymont, Del.
Sophomore captain Wyatt Richins put Worcester on the board first, but Archmere answered with five consecutive goals. After its zone defense wasn’t working, the Mallards went into a man-to-man defense, Prep Coach Kevin Gates said. Richins netted a second shot in the first quarter to cut the Auks lead to three.
The Prep team outscored Archmere 5-2 in the second quarter. At halftime, the score was tied 7-7, and after three quarters, the Mallards led, 10-8.
“We were winning 11-8 at one point and I felt good about things, but we let them creep back into it,” Gates said.
The Auks gained a 12-11 advantage, but Prep junior Sam Deeley evened it up, 12-12, with 1:24 left in the game.
Richins scored in overtime for the Mallards. It is the second time this season he has come up big for Worcester in overtime. He finished the game with seven goals and two assists.
Gates said senior goalie Isaiah Nsah “kept us in the game.” He stopped 19 Archmere shots.
“It was a great team win. We made a couple nice plays where the whole team was involved,” Gates said. “Hopefully it will catapult us into the rest of the year.”
Senior Thomas Buas tallied two goals. Deeley recorded two goals and one assist and senior captain Jack Marshall had one goal and one assist.
Two days later, the Prep team traveled to Indian River to face the Indians. The Mallards came home with a 17-6 win, but it took a while for the boys to get into a groove Monday.
Indian River scored first, but Worcester tallied three goals to pull ahead 3-1. At the end of the first quarter, the Indians led, 6-4.
The Mallards outscored their opponent 3-0 in the second quarter, gaining a 7-6 advantage. The Berlin squad added six goals in the third quarter and held Indian River scoreless. Worcester netted four in the fourth quarter.
“We came off Saturday’s win so high, maybe we were still in a fog from that. It seemed like we were still living in the past,” Gates said. “We didn’t have a good first quarter. We played better after that. They realized it was time to start playing this game and they settled down a little.”
Nsah stopped 20 Indian River shots.
Richins was Worcester’s top producer with seven goals and three assists.
“He’s an unbelievable player and he’s a sophomore,” Gates said. “He just plays so hard.”
Gates said Deeley played his best game of the season. He had six goals and an assist. Marshall chipped in with three goals and two assists.
Freshman Max Bisaha scooped up eight ground balls and sophomore Ross Dickerson won 17 face-offs.
The Gunston Day Herons are scheduled to come to Berlin today, Friday, for a 4 p.m. game against Worcester. The senior Mallards will be recognized before the match. Worcester will host the Delmar Wildcats at 3 p.m. on Saturday.