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WP boys’ lax team to battle Gunston for ESIAC trophy

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 11, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep freshman Sam Tinkler fights off an aggressive Bishop McNamara player during Monday’s Metro Independent Lacrosse League quarterfinals in Berlin. Worcester won 17-1.

(May 12, 2017) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team outscored the Bishop McNamara Mustangs 17-1 on Monday in the Metro Independent Lacrosse League quarterfinals.

“I was happy. I thought we played well,” said Prep Coach Kevin Gates. “We made some good plays and we moved the ball well.”

The Mallards led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter on their home field in Berlin. At halftime, Worcester was on top 12-1. By the third quarter the Prep squad had built a 14-1 advantage.

Sophomore Jay Gosnear and senior captain Patrick Petrera had three goals each. Senior Owen Nally and sophomores Thomas Fager and Dakin Moore tallied two goals apiece.

Junior goalie Jack Fager recorded two saves.

The next day, the Mallards faced tougher competition when the Calverton Cougars came to Berlin for the MILL semifinals. The visiting squad won 20-10.

“They were good. We just ran into a buzz saw,” Gates said. “I was proud of my guys. They never gave up. It was a great effort.”

Junior captain Sam Cantello led Worcester with four goals and an assist. Petrera had two goals. Senior goalie Rayne Parker stopped 11 Calverton shots.

Worcester also competes in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference. The Gunston Day Herons are scheduled to travel to Berlin today, Friday, to battle the Mallards for the ESIAC championship title at 3:30 p.m.

The two teams have met twice this season. Worcester won the first game 17-3 and the second 13-9.

“We’ll use [the Calverton game] for fuel for our fire on Friday,” Gates said. “I expect them to bring their ‘A’ game and I expect us to bring our ‘A’ game. If we bring the same effort as we did [Tuesday], I think we’ll be OK.”

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