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WP Lady Mallards win 8-7 in OT over Bennett Clippers

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 19, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep junior captain Delaney Abercrombie carries the ball up the field during overtime of Monday’s game against James M. Bennett in Berlin. She scored in overtime and Worcester won 8-7.

(April 20, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse team executed its Gadwall set play perfectly in overtime on Monday and pulled out an 8-7 victory over the James M. Bennett Clippers in Berlin.

“We worked hard to get open on that one. [For] Gadwall, we pretty much try and work off each other for picks and stuff,” said junior captain Delaney Abercrombie, who scored the game-winning goal off the play. “We make a wall and cut off it.”

From behind the goal, senior captain Reese Gittelman passed to Abercrombie cutting in and she buried the ball in the back of the cage.

“I was thinking I better not miss. Fake the goalie. I don’t know – it was kind of a blur,” Abercrombie said. “There was a lot of hype [leading] up to the game and we worked hard throughout the game, so it was an exciting overtime win.

“We picked it up throughout the game and worked really well together,” she continued. “I was just really happy for us. It’s a big rivalry.”

Within the first nine minutes of the game Bennett led 3-0.

Sophomore Madison VanOrden scored twice and then sophomore captain Carly Hoffman tallied two goals to put the Lady Mallards on top 4-3. The Clippers netted a shot 45 seconds before halftime to even the score, 4-4.

VanOrden provided Worcester with the go-ahead goal 30 seconds into the second half. Gittelman made in 6-4 with just under 18 minutes on the clock.

Bennett answered and tied it up again with about eight minutes to play.

Senior Cameron Langeler netted a shot with six minutes remaining to give the Berlin squad a 7-6 advantage.

Bennett evened it up 7-7 with 2:14 on the clock.

Going into the overtime period, Worcester Prep Coach Brooke Hahn said, “We were a man-up because of the foul to start, so we told them get the ball on attack, use this opportunity because we should win off this.”

“We told them to be smart, play our game, take care of the ball and want it,” she said.

Abercrombie tallied the winning goal shortly after the start of overtime.

VanOrden led the team with three goals. Hoffman had two and Abercrombie, Gittelman and Langeler contributed one each.

Senior captain, goalie Sophia Bandorick, stopped 17 Bennett shots.

“It was a rough start on our part. It took us several minutes to get into our groove to start the game, but once we did we were able to get a few goals and capitalize on opportunities,” Hahn said. “We were down by three in the first half and ended up beating a talented team in overtime. I’m really proud of how hard these girls worked until the very end.”

Worcester will host the Cape Henlopen Vikings on Saturday at 1 p.m. On Monday, the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres will come to Berlin to play the Mallards at 4 p.m.

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