WP boys’ lacrosse team wins battle over Decatur, 11-9
(April 21, 2017) The Stephen Decatur and Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse game last Saturday was a back-and-forth battle, but in the end, the Mallards prevailed on their home field in Berlin, 11-9.
“It’s a rivalry game. I thought we played with good intestinal fortitude. We had a little gut check, so we dug deep and found a way [to win],” said Worcester Prep Mallards’ Coach Kevin Gates. “I was wondering how we’d respond because Thursday was one of the biggest wins in our program history. We beat Calverton 13-11 and they’ve won our league every year.”
Prep junior captain Sam Cantello and Decatur junior Charlie Coates scored the first goal for their respective teams. Tied 1-1 with about two minutes left in the first quarter, Cantello netted another shot, then junior captain Tucker Brown put Worcester on top 3-1.
Decatur senior captain Tucker Cordial cut the advantage to one with nine seconds on the clock.
Senior Trent Marshall gave Worcester a two-goal cushion about two minutes before halftime. Ten seconds later, Decatur senior captain Tyler Keiser scored.
Senior Reid Carey provided Worcester with a 5-3 lead with nine seconds left in the half.
Marshall boosted the Mallards’ advantage to three goals with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Coates and senior Robbie Duke scored with 22 and 10 seconds to play in the third, respectively, and Decatur only trailed by one goal going into the final quarter.
Decatur junior captain Collin Eichelberger tied it at 6-all with 10 minutes left in the match.
Worcester then went on a four-goal run, three of which were scored by Brown and one by Cantello, to pull ahead 10-6 with 6:27 on the clock.
Junior Dom Klebe logged Decatur’s seventh goal at the 5:43 mark. Brown netted the Prep team’s 11th with 3:45 left in the competition.
Behind 11-7, the Seahawks didn’t give up. Senior Spencer Sharp put the ball past Prep senior goalie Rayne Parker with three minutes to play.
Junior Parker Wheeler had the ball for Decatur as time ticked down. As teammates chanted “shoot Parker,” he did and was successful with 2:10 left in the game.
Worcester’s goalie came up with some big saves late in the game to help secure an 11-9 victory.
“I think a lot of people stepped up,” Gates said. “Rayne made some great saves at the end, [senior captain] Max Bisaha was giving us all he had at the face-off X, [senior captain] Patrick Petrera was playing all over the field – offense and defense – [and] Sam and Tucker on attack, it’s pretty good to have those two.”
Brown led Worcester with five goals.
“It feels great, especially against cross-town rivals, and just to help out our team in any way possible to pull out a win is always great,” Brown said. “My teammates were setting me up and all the balls were falling right to me. Anyone could have done it on the team, it just happened to be me in the right spot.”
Cantello had three goals, Marshall netted two and Carey added one. Parker stopped six Decatur shots.
“I think we grinded it out. We got the ground balls, started winning the face-offs and really just playing hard on defense,” Brown said. “I thought we started out pretty rusty, but toward the end we started to pull it together, so it’s nice to finish strong.”
Coates led Decatur with two goals. Cordial, Keiser, Duke, Eichelberger, Klebe, Sharp and Wheeler score one goal apiece.
Decatur senior goalie Zac Cioccio recorded eight saves.
“We played well in spurts. We made some mistakes. We have to play the whole game, and without mistakes,” said Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum. “Both teams played hard. We just didn’t shoot the ball. Worcester was quick to slide, but we weren’t making second and third passes. We just didn’t get it done.”
Worcester’s next game is Saturday at 1 p.m. against Salesianum in Berlin. Decatur will host Kent Island today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m.