Coach Gates: We came out and took care of business
(April 7, 2017) Competing without several starting players, the Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team still managed to trounce the Gunston Day Herons, 17-3, on Monday in Berlin.
“I didn’t know what to expect. Gunston was 3-1 going into the game and they were crushing teams,” Prep Coach Kevin Gates said. “I was nervous before the game because we were missing a few guys, but we came out and we played well. We came out and took care of business.”
The Mallards led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. They pulled ahead 11-0 before Gunston scored its first goal about four minutes before halftime.
The Prep squad went into the halftime break with a 13-1 advantage. After three quarters, Worcester was on top 16-2.
Both teams scored one goal in the fourth quarter.
“They played well. I was very happy,” Gates said. “We moved the ball pretty well.”
Junior captain Tucker Brown led Worcester with eight goals and an assist. Junior captain Sam Cantello chipped in with four goals and six assists. Senior Trent Marshall logged three goals.
Junior Brendan Miller (two assists) and senior captain Patrick Petrera (one assist) contributed one goal each.
Senior goalie Rayne Parker stopped eight Gunston shots.
“From the first face-off we did well,” Gates said.
He was impressed with freshman Sam Tinkler’s performance taking face-offs. He won 12.
“It started with him,” Gates said. “He’s improving every game.”
He also praised the play of sophomores Cole Berry and Cooper Richins on the wings, as well as defensemen, freshmen Max Taylor and Alec Willing and junior Porter Bunting.
The Indian River Indians will take a trip to Berlin today, Friday, for a 4 p.m. game against Worcester.
“They have some guys who can move the ball,” Gates said. “I hope we have some good match-ups in our offensive end. I think our offense is pretty good.”