WP boys’ lax team pulls out 13-9 win over Gunston Day
(April 14, 2017) Despite not their best performance, the Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team still pulled out a 13-9 victory over the Gunston Day Herons on Tuesday in Centreville.
“We won, but it wasn’t pretty. I just didn’t think we played well,” said Prep Coach Kevin Gates. “It was a dogfight and luckily we did enough to win.”
Last Monday, the Mallards hosted the Herons and won 17-3. Beating the team by 14 goals in their previous match-up, Gates said he could sense on the bus ride to Centreville Tuesday that his team wasn’t geared up for this week’s competition.
“We took them too lightly. I expected [Gunston] to give us their best and they did,” he said. “It was just a grind. We made too many mistakes. It was hot and we looked like we were struggling. [Gunston] seemed more enthusiastic than us.”
Trailing 1-0 in the first quarter, Prep senior captain Patrick Petrera evened the score. Goals by senior Trent Marshall and junior captain Sam Cantello boosted the Mallards’ advantage to 3-1.
Gunston made it 3-2, but Marshall and Cantello netted shots and at the end of the first quarter Worcester led 5-2. The Mallards increased their advantage in the second quarter and at halftime they were up 8-3. After three quarters, the Prep squad was on top 11-6.
Cantello led Worcester with four goals and three assists. Marshall scored three goals and Petrera chipped in with two goals and two assists. Junior captain Tucker Brown contributed two goals and one assist. Seniors Owen Nally and Reid Carey each netted one shot. Junior Brendan Miller recorded four assists and senior captain Max Bisaha scooped up seven ground balls.
Worcester, a private school representing the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, will battle Worcester County rival, Stephen Decatur, a public school in the Bayside Conference, on Saturday at 1 p.m. Worcester will host the match on its field in Berlin. Decatur’s and Worcester’s girls’ lacrosse teams will also go head-to-head at 1 p.m. on an adjacent field.
“We need to play better than we did [against Gunston]. We just have to clean up some things,” Gates said. “We need to hustle back on defense if we lose the ball and take smarter shots.”