Ocean City Today

Brooke Hahn new Wor. Prep varsity girls’ lax coach

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 23, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Twins, Worcester Prep senior captains Leigh Lingo, left, and her sister, Regan, compete in a drill during Tuesday’s practice at the Berlin school. Leigh was the 2016 ESIAC co-Player of the Year.

(March 24, 2017) Brooke Hahn was the Worcester Prep JV girls’ lacrosse coach the last two years and now she has taken over the varsity program.

“I’m beyond excited. It’s been a really fun start and there’s been great feedback already from the girls,” Hahn said. “My goal is to help them reach their full potential as student-athletes and as women.”

Being with the program for two seasons and also teaching Spanish at Worcester for three years has helped make the transition from JV to varsity easy for both Hahn and the players. She has coached and taught nearly all of the Lady Mallards on the squad.

“We’re really excited to have her,” said senior captain Leigh Lingo, a midfielder. “We know she’s a very nice person and we know she’s going to push us to do our best just like she does in school, so it’s nice to have trust in her already going into the season.”

“Her dad coached here and I know she got a lot of wisdom and knowledge from him, so I’m really excited,” said senior captain Julie Talbert, who will play attack. “And, I feel as a unit we really want to win for each other, but we also want to win for her.”

Her late father, Steve Falck, coached lacrosse at Worcester from 2000 until about 2012.

“I got my coaching style from him,” Hahn said. “He was loved by everyone. It’s nice to carry on his legacy.”

Hahn, who attended Worcester from Kindergarten to 12th grade – she graduated in 2006 – describes her coaching style as laid back, but at the same time she wants the girls to work hard and be respectful. She played lacrosse for Christopher Newport University her freshman and sophomore year, but an injury ended her career.

Sarah Wootten returns as an assistant coach. Joining the varsity program as an assistant coach is Kip Koolage.

Of the 19 players on Hahn’s roster, 16 are returners from last year when the team went 16-4. The Mallards also captured their fourth consecutive Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship.

“I’m looking for the returners to step up into their roles and continue to strengthen their abilities,” Hahn said.

The team will be led by eight strong seniors, she said.

“They have great individual abilities and great leadership,” she added. “All of the seniors have important roles.”

Joining Lingo, who was named 2016 co-ESIAC Player of the Year, and Talbert (ESIAC Second Team) as captains this season are senior defenseman Regan Lingo (First Team), Leigh’s twin sister, and junior attackman Cameron Langeler.

“They’ve done a good job,” Hahn said. “They’re all natural leaders.”

“My sisters played too and I’ve been here awhile and I know how things work and I feel like I’ve always been able to lead,” said Talbert, a three-year varsity player. “It’s just something I got from my family and from the teams I’ve been on. I really like to help the younger players because we have nice girls that have a lot of potential. It’s nice to be able to help them and give them advice on and off the field.”

“I’m excited and sad. It’s my last high school sport ever and last time playing lacrosse for Worcester,” Leigh Lingo said. “I’ve been playing with a bunch of these girls since middle school.”

Lingo signed her National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for Division I Virginia Tech in November. Just last month she was named ESIAC Player of the Year for basketball. Although she would like to win the award for the second year for lacrosse, it’s not her top priority.

“I’m going to put my team before I put myself,” she said. “I would rather help out the team than be selfish and get it for myself.”

Also returning to compete are junior goalie Sophia Bandorick (Second Team), sophomore midfielder Delaney Abercrombie (Second Team) and senior Olivia Bescak on defense.

Newcomers who will contribute are sophomore Chloe Ruddo (defense) and freshmen Carly Hoffman (midfield) and Abbi Nechay (attack).

“We’re starting to develop team chemistry and starting to support one another on and off the field,” Hahn said. “The theme is togetherness.”

The Mallards won their season opener on the road Wednesday, 14-4, over the Easton Warriors.  “With any team, you need to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of each player. I feel like we’re figuring that out and starting to mesh well,” Talbert said.

Senior Karlie Southcomb (ESIAC First Team) led Worcester with five goals and one assist. Talbert chipped in with three goals. Leigh Lingo and senior Kathleen Emche netted two goals apiece. Bandorick recorded 14 saves.

“We played great as a team, especially for it being as cold and windy as it was,” Hahn said. “They fought through a tough defense and Sophia, our goalie, had fantastic saves.”

Hahn said the squad is deep with talent. She feels they are strong in every position on the field and the girls communicate well. And when subs come off the bench to replace the starters, Hahn said the team will not skip a beat.

“I’m proud of how far they’ve come in a short few weeks,” she said. “I’m excited to see what they can accomplish.”


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