Ocean City Today

WP field hockey squad ‘young’ this season

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 26, 2017

(Oct. 27, 2017) The Worcester Prep field hockey team fought hard, but came up short, 4-3, to the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals, last Wednesday in Easton.

“The girls played very well to finish out their season. We lost to them previously, 5-0 and 5-1, so to come back and make it 4-3 after being down 4-1 in that game was awesome,” Prep Coach Katie Oxenreider said. “They are a very skilled team and to score on them was an accomplishment in its own.”

The Sabres led 3-0 at halftime.

“At halftime, no matter what I just wanted them to knock at least one goal in,” Oxenreider said. “I knew they could do it. They were so close and then they put three in. I was very proud of them for that finish.”

Prep sophomore Hana Miller cut the lead to two in the second half, before Saints Peter & Paul tallied its fourth goal.

Sophomore captain Abbi Nechay scored on a penalty stroke, and then junior captain Hailee Arrington netted Worcester’s third goal. Sophomore goalie Aly Matha recorded 15 saves for the Mallards.

Worcester finished the season with a 2-11-1 record. Arrington, a center forward, scored 10 goals and had four assists. Nechay, a center midfielder, logged four goals and three assists. They were both named to the All-Conference Team. Defender Virginia Bateman, a junior, also earned All-ESIAC honors. Miller, a midfielder, received honorable mention accolades.

“Overall, we did struggle as a young team – some growing pains for sure – but it was to be expected. They all stuck together and were positive with each other,” Oxenreider said. “We were also playing very strong teams in our league.”

The team will lose only one senior to graduation – captain Mia Meacci.

“We were a young team and will return 15 of 16 players next year. We should be a much more experienced and skilled team next year,” Oxenreider said. “I saw major improvement from the start of the season to the finish. The last few games being our best of the season.”

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