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Mallards top Rams, 11-9, then trounce Ravens, 18-2

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep sophomore captain Carly Hoffman has a look of determination on her face as she carries the ball up the field during Monday’s game against Parkside in Berlin. She scored three goals in Worcester’s 11-9 victory.

(April 13, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team pulled out an 11-9 victory over the Parkside Rams on Monday, and then the next day, also playing on their home field in Berlin, the Lady Mallards trounced the St. Thomas More Ravens, 18-2.

Sophomore captain Carly Hoffman put Worcester on the board and two goals by junior Gracie Gardner increased Worcester’s advantage to three to start off Monday’s game against Parkside.

The Rams answered with two goals to cut the home team’s lead to one, but senior Cameron Langeler netted a shot with about four minutes remaining in the half, and the Mallards pulled ahead 4-2.

Parkside scored with 58 seconds left, but Hoffman quickly responded with another goal and at halftime Worcester was on top 5-3.

The Rams netted two goals in two minutes to tie the score early in the second half. Hoffman then broke the tie with 18 minutes left in the game, but Parkside tallied two to gain a 7-6 advantage.

Junior captain Delaney Abercrombie made it 7-7, then Gardner hit the go-ahead goal with 10 minutes on the clock. Abercrombie provided Worcester with a two-goal cushion about 40 seconds later, but Parkside answered about 30 seconds after that.

Sophomore Madison VanOrden made it 10-8 and then Gardner scored with six minutes remaining in the game.

Parkside tallied its ninth goal with a minutes left to play.

Prep goalie, senior captain Sophia Bandorick, recorded 10 saves.

“I would say that this is the first actual game that we connected across the board,” Prep Coach Brooke Hahn said. “Attack was working really well together. They kind of knew where each other was going to be. They were making smart cuts and being smart with the ball, and not throwing it away on poor shots. Defense was talking really well and our sliding was near perfect.”

Gardner led the team with four goals. Hoffman added three goals and an assist. Abercrombie chipped in with two goals and VanOrden and Langeler scored one each.

“Carly Hoffman was all over the field. Truly, her heart I think kept us in the game,” Hahn said. “When the girls see how hard she’s working they want to work just as hard.”

The key to victory was “keeping up the aggressiveness and the intensity when we got challenged,” Hahn said.

“We didn’t get down on ourselves, which is what has happened in the past,” Hahn said. “We kept up the positivity and the intensity knowing that we could come out on top. We kept working toward a win.”

The next day the Mallards stepped on their field again, this time to face St. Thomas More.

The Prep squad led 12-2 at halftime, and tacked on six more goals in the second half.

“The girls moved the ball well and they were smart with their shots,” Hahn said. “They also had great draw control and we had an opportunity to move a few girls out of their normal positions and let them try something new, which allowed for a better understanding of the game.”

Gardner scored four goals and Hoffman and VanOrden netted three apiece. Sophomore Quinn McColgan chipped in with two goals.

Bandorick recorded three saves.

Worcester will host Calverton School today, Friday, at 4:30 p.m. and James M. Bennett on Monday at 4 p.m.

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