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Worcester wins twice in overtime; Lindsay nets goals

(Sept. 26, 2014) The Worcester Prep field hockey team pulled out overtime victories last week over Pocomoke and Sts. Peter & Paul, with senior captain Caroline Lindsay netting the winning goals for the Lady Mallards.

“Two games back-to-back, she was our saving grace,” said Prep Coach Jenny Frostrom.

“The excitement was unreal when I scored in the Pocomoke game, but to think it would happen in the STPP game in the same week was crazy,” Lindsay said. “As a senior and team captain, I felt that if we worked as a team someone was going to net the ball and I happened to be in the right position at the right time in both games to lead us to victory.”

Last Wednesday, the Mallards took a trip to Pocomoke to battle the Warriors.

Junior Hanna Nechay and Lindsay provided Worcester with a 2-0 lead in the first half. It was Nechay’s first game back after getting hit in the knee–an injury that required stitches– during a tournament earlier this month.

Pocomoke tallied two goals in the second half to force overtime.

Lindsay scored in the extra period to secure the win for the Mallards.

“The Pocomoke game was insane. I had so much energy after the game and I was so pumped up,” Lindsay said.

The Worcester coaching staff praised the performance of midfielder Isabel Carulli and defender Hannah Arrington, both juniors, and sophomore goalie Stormy McGuiness, who stopped six Pocomoke shots.

“Stormy saved us in overtime,” Frostrom said. “It was an amazing game. All my girls played 110 percent. It was all heart that game.”

Two days later in Berlin, the Mallards faced their Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference adversary, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres. After 30 minutes of play last Friday, the game was scoreless at the halftime break.

Frostrom said that despite physical play by the Sabres and them double teaming the Mallards, she thought her squad dominated the first half.

Neither team tallied a goal in the second half, so the game went into overtime. With about four minutes left in the first 10-minute extra period, Nechay received the ball from Carulli and passed to Lindsay, who scored.

“I knew that STPP was going to be a very tough game, and going into OT for the second time in a row was scary,” Lindsay said. “After I scored the goal in OT against STPP the atmosphere [was] wild. It was a great feeling scoring in both games in OT, one that I have never felt before. I was so proud of my team. It was definitely something that I will never forget.”

Worcester will travel to Centreville to compete against the Gunston Day Herons, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. On Monday, the Mallards will host the Delmarva Christian Royals for a 4 p.m. game. The Prep squad shut out Gunston, 8-0, and Delmarva Christian, 15-0, in mid-September.

Worcester and STPP will meet again, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, on the Sabres’ field in Easton at 4 p.m.

“They were very focused and they played hard (against STPP). “It’s a very big win,” Frostrom said.”It’s kind of a taboo when we go [to Easton]. We can beat them at home, but we struggle there.”

Worcester Prep junior Hanna Nechay prepares to shoot, while senior captain Caroline Lindsay, right, and Regan Lingo (12), a sophomore, look on. Lindsay scored in overtime off a pass from Nechay to give Worcester a 1-0 victory over Sts. Peter & Paul, last Friday in Berlin.

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