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Decatur girls’ lax team outscores Worcester, 10-3

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 05, 2018

(April 6, 2018) The Stephen Decatur girls’ lacrosse team topped its crosstown rival, the Worcester Prep Lady Mallards, 10-3, last Thursday in their annual competition.

The Lady Seahawks, playing on their home field in Berlin, led 4-0 at halftime.

“Overall, they played well. They were connecting well with each other,” Decatur Coach Sara Braniecki said. “They started off strong from the start and kept it going. A lot of things are really starting to come together for us.”

Defense worked as a unit and took care of each other to limit Worcester Prep’s scoring options, she added.

“They forced Worcester Prep to take low-angle shots and [sophomore goalie] Isy [Kristick] stepped up to make the saves,” Braniecki said. “Offensively, they created a lot of opportunities for each other, allowing us to produce.”

Kristick recorded eight saves during the game.

“She played amazing,” Braniecki said of Kristick. “We’ve really seen her improve this year. I’m very proud of her.”

Sophomore Sarah Engle led Decatur with three goals. Senior captain Lily Belle Baker netted two shots. Senior captains Chloe Sass and Hattie Brous, sophomores Abby Yesko and Ellie Dutton and freshman Brittyn Leonard each scored one.

Braniecki said the Seahawks enjoy playing Worcester Prep each year.

“With the schools being so close, it adds a little bit of excitement for the girls,” she said. “ A lot of the girls play together on travel teams and a lot of them are very close friends from playing together or just from growing up near each other.”

Decatur will host the Kent Island Buccaneers today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin.

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