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WP girls’ lacrosse team earns 11-10 victory in overtime

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep sophomore Damiana Colley carries the ball out of the defensive end during Monday’s game against Saints Peter & Paul in Berlin.

(April 27, 2018) Last Monday the Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team edged out the James M. Bennett Clippers, 8-7, in overtime, and this Monday the Lady Mallards did it again, this time pulling out an extra-period 11-10 victory over the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres in Berlin.

“We knew they had the strength and the skill and, since we just came off an overtime win, we knew we could do it again,” Prep Coach Brooke Hahn said. “We’ve been here before, so we knew we had the confidence going into overtime that they could pull it off.”

Saints Peter & Paul scored first, but Worcester answered with three goals – two by sophomore captain Carly Hoffman and one from sophomore Quinn McColgan.

The visiting Sabres netted four shots before halftime to pull ahead 5-3. They made it 6-3 less than two minutes into the second half, but Worcester bounced back with a four-goal run to take a 7-6 lead.

Saints Peter & Paul tied it up with about 15 minutes remaining, but two goals by senior Marissa Grosso gave Worcester a 9-7 advantage.

The Sabres evened the score again with a little over eight minutes on the clock. They tallied the go-ahead goal with 4:50 to play.

Prep senior captain Reese Gittelman made it 10-10 with 1:12 left.

“Going into overtime, we just wanted them to give everything they had. Put everything into it,” Hahn said.

Gittelman had the ball behind the goal in overtime and hit junior Gracie Gardner cutting to the cage. She shot to the upper right portion of the goal 47 seconds into overtime.

“I saw an open lane and I thought I would take it. If it wasn’t there, I would just cut back out,” Gardner said. “After I got the ball, I looked right where I wanted to shoot it and I was just hoping I didn’t shoot it over.

“It was so exciting,” she continued. “They’ve always been our rivals and they’ve always been a good team.”

“Reese is a great feeder from behind and sometimes she’ll roll the crease on her own too, but we look for certain cutters from the top to come in,” Hahn said. “Reese knew where to place the ball because of Gracie’s height. She put it up high, so the defender couldn’t reach it, and Gracie was able to place the shot.”

Hoffman led Worcester with three goals and two assists. Gardner finished with two goals and an assist. Grosso netted two shots and Gittelman, McColgan, junior captain Delaney Abercrombie and sophomore Alessia Matha (two assists) chipped in one goal apiece.

“They showed a lot of heart. We knew they had it in them,” Hahn said. “It was tough coming off Saturday’s loss against Cape. We knew they had the ability and showed the heart. We’ve been asking them to show that and they finally did.”

“I think this will boost our spirits back up for the rest of the season,” Gardner added.

Worcester will head to Salisbury today, Friday, to play the Salisbury School Dragons at 4 p.m. The Mallards will host the Easton Warriors on Saturday at 1 p.m. They will travel to Indian River to face the Indians on Monday at 4 p.m.

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