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WP boys’ lacrosse team falls in MILL semifinals match

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 10, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep senior captain Sam Cantello waits for a teammate to cut to the highly-defended Calverton goal during Tuesday’s Metro Independent Lacrosse League semifinals in Berlin. Calverton won, 8-5.

(May 11, 2018) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team’s season came to an end with an 8-5 loss to the Calverton Cougars in the Metro Independent Lacrosse League semifinals on Tuesday in Berlin.

“We played hard. They never gave up,” Prep Coach Kevin Gates said. “[Calverton’s] defense played really well and when we did have chances, their goalie made some big saves.”

Worcester trailed 5-2 at halftime, but senior captain Tucker Brown scored to cut the lead to one, then junior Owen Tunis brought the Mallards to within one. Calverton answered with two goals of its own.

Brown netted the Mallards’ fifth goal with about three minutes remaining in the game.

“[The Mallards] tried really hard. [Calverton] held the ball trying to keep it from us and did a good job,” Gates said.

Brown led Worcester with three goals. Tunis and junior captain Cooper Richins scored one each. Senior captain Sam Cantello had two assists. Richins and junior captain Cole Berry picked up three ground balls apiece.

Prep freshman goalie Hunter Gentry came up with some big saves to keep his team in the game. He stopped 10 Calverton shots.

“It’s hard not to be disappointed,” Gates said. “I was hoping to play one more game.”

Worcester finished the season with a 6-6 record.

The Mallards earned the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference regular-season title. There was no championship game this year.

“I don’t remember a team that fought as hard as this team,” Gates said. “They left it all out on the field. They tried their hardest.”

The team will graduate four players – Brown, Cantello, defender Porter Bunting and goalie Jack Fager, a team captain.

“It’s going to be tough to replace all four of them,” Gates said. “Our offense will lose some firepower, but I think we should be pretty good next year.”

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