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WP Lady Mallards ‘playing as a well-bonded team already’

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 15, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli “I think it will be easy for me to lead this team, because we have a lot of seniors and it’s definitely a group effort,” said senior captain Reese Gittelman. “All of the seniors, we’ve all been playing to- gether for a really long time.”

(March 16, 2018) Despite graduating several major contributors from last season, Coach Brooke Hahn is confident the Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team will be successful this year.

“We thought going in it was going to be a transitional time because we lost so many strong seniors. We were able to fill the holes and I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people,” she said. “Practices have been great so far. They practice with intensity, ball movement is great, the girls are in shape, they’re communicating really well and they’re playing as a well-bonded team already.”

Of the 21 players on Hahn’s roster, 12 competed last year when the team went 12-4. The Lady Mallards won their fifth consecutive Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship.

“I feel really good going into this season,” Hahn said. “We’re going to be strong across the board. We have some young strength, which is good.”

This is her second season as head coach of the team. Both the varsity and JV coaching staff has returned as well.

“I tweaked some things from last year. Everything has been running smoothly,” she said. “The girls have been great and supportive.”

“We know how Ms. Hahn coaches now because it’s her second year,” said junior Delaney Abercrombie, a member of the team for three years. “We know what to expect and that will help us.”

Hahn said the team will be strongest in the midfield with veterans, Abercrombie and sophomores Carly Hoffman (2017 All-ESIAC Team honoree) and Quinn McColgan returning.

Abercrombie and Hoffman have been named team captains.

“I think I can definitely help lead the team, since I know how both offense and defense work. I can help explain the importance of ball control, like slowing the game down, and I’ll be able to help some of the freshmen and sophomores because I know how they feel,” Abercrombie said. “I think we’re looking pretty good. Coming out our first game last week we had a lot of chemistry which was really nice to see because we didn’t really know what to expect.”

Junior Gracie Gardner, who was recovering from a knee injury and missed last season, will also play in the midfield/attack.

Sophomores Ali Matha and Madison VanOrden, both new to the team, will play in the midfield as well.

“We can put any one of them in and we won’t skip a beat,” Hahn said. “They have strong stick skills and great speed.”

Hahn said the offensive players are working well together. Seniors Cameron Langeler and Reese Gittelman, a team captain, and sophomore Abbi Nechay, will play on the attack.

“I think it will be easy for me to lead this team, because we have a lot of seniors and it’s definitely a group effort. All of the seniors, we’ve all been playing together for a really long time,” Gittelman said. “I remember when I was a freshman playing with really, really good seniors … Having the seniors play hard against me as a freshman helped me grow, so that’s what I’ve kind of been doing.”

Gittelman, a four-year player, said the team has a different dynamic this year.

“We had a team mostly of seniors last year and [they graduated],” she said. “We have a lot of sophomores stepping up. The sophomore class is really big and strong. I have high hopes for this season.”

Junior Chloe Ruddo will help run the defense.

Hahn said senior captain Sophia Bandorick (2017 All-ESIAC Team) looks better than ever in the goal. She has committed to play Division I lacrosse for East Carolina University.

Hahn said the team has set both short- and long-term goals for the season.

“I’m excited to get the season started,” she said.

The Mallards would like to win another ESIAC title and do better against several opponents including Stephen Decatur, Cape Henlopen and Queen Anne’s, Hahn said.

“I’ve been looking forward to [lacrosse season] all year,” Gittelman said. “We definitely want to try to beat some of our public school competition. I’ve never beat Decatur in this program and that’s something I really think we can accomplish this year. I haven’t beaten Cape and I’m hoping we can get a good game with them.”

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