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WP Lady Mallards top Sabres, 17-10, to win ESIAC title

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 18, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team celebrates after its 17-10 victory over Saints Peter & Paul to earn the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship title last Friday in Berlin.

(May 19, 2017) The Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game between the Worcester Prep and Saints Peter & Paul girls’ lacrosse teams was a tight battle early, but the Lady Mallards pulled away and held on to win 17-10 on their home field in Berlin.

“They played incredible. Everything that we’ve been working on all year came together and they just worked so well together,” Prep Coach Brooke Hahn said. “The transitions all the way from the goalie to the offense were seamless. It was great. We were really proud of them.”

The visiting Sabres tallied two goals in less than four minutes to start the game. Goals were traded after that. Tied 5-5, Worcester went on a four-goal run to pull ahead 9-5 and the Mallards led 10-6 at halftime.

“We had confidence the whole time. We weren’t worried. We just had to kind of kick it into gear a little bit,” Hahn said. “It’s always about draw controls and when we get them we get that confidence and when we start making shots, which we did, it starts to come together.”

Senior Karlie Southcomb increased Worcester’s advantage to five about three minutes into the second half. The Mallards held a three-to-six-goal lead throughout the half.

Senior captain Leigh Lingo, who was sidelined when Worcester lost 11-9 to Saints Peter & Paul on April 11, led the Mallards with six goals. She also won four draws.

“It was really hard. I wanted to go out there and help my team [during the April 11 game],” Lingo said. “I was really excited to get back because we lost last time, and to seek revenge and try and beat them.”

Lingo said it was exciting to win her fourth consecutive ESIAC championship and lead the team to its fifth in a row.

“It’s my last game and I wanted to give it all I had and set an example for the younger girls,” she said.

Senior captain Julie Talbert chipped in with five goals and one assist.

“It feels good. On the stat sheet I’d rather have assists than goals, but it’s also nice to get goals and to help lead the team,” Talbert said. “We had a really great season. It’s been really fun and it’s been a really great learning experience.”

Southcomb tallied four goals and two assists and freshman Carly Hoffman netted two goals.

Prep junior goalie Sophia Bandorick recorded 10 saves.

Players who earned All-Conference accolades were recognized after the match. Lingo, Southcomb, Talbert, Bandorick, Hoffman and senior captain Regan Lingo received All-ESIAC honors.

Southcomb led the team in goals (48) this season. She also had 18 assists and 19 draw controls.

Senior Madison Bescak was presented with an honorable mention distinction.

Worcester finished the season with a 12-4 record.

“I was very happy. We had ups and downs a little bit here and there, but it all came together in the end,” Hahn said. “We always believed they had the talent so it was nice to see it come to fruition [during the championship].”

Hahn presented Leigh Lingo with the team MVP Award. Despite missing three weeks due to an ankle injury, Lingo still scored 26 goals and led the team in draw controls (40).

“We had some tough loses, but I think our team definitely worked together, stepped it up and got a lot better throughout the season, which is nice,” Lingo said. “I love my team. I love playing with them. They’re all great girls and I’m excited to see how far they go next year.”

Talbert received the Coach’s Award. She scored 30 goals and had 37 assists this season.

“I’ve had a lot of fun here at Worcester,” Talbert said. “We’re all really supportive of each other and we really love each other.”

Hahn gave sophomore Chloe Ruddo the Most Improved Award.

Hahn said she enjoyed her first season as head coach.

“I got blessed with a great group of girls,” Hahn said. “The eight seniors all the way down to the new freshmen, it’s just such a great group of girls. I got really blessed with that for my first year as head coach.”

Despite graduating eight players, Hahn thinks the team will be strong next year with talented players returning.


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