Ocean City Today

WP Mallards roll on to 19-2 win over Royals

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 03, 2018

(May 4, 2018) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team wrapped up regular-season competition with a 19-2 victory over the Delmarva Christian Royals on Wednesday in Georgetown, Delaware.

“We started off a little flat. Then as the game went on, we started to pick it up and play better,” Prep Coach Kevin Gates said.

During a Delmarva Christian timeout in the opening quarter, Gates said he took the opportunity to motivate his players.

“We were getting some good looks, but they weren’t playing fundamentally sound,” he said. “I told them, ‘Here’s your chance to take it to them.’ I tried to get them to focus.”

Worcester led 7-1 at the end of the first quarter and 13-1 at halftime. The Mallards boosted their advantage to 17-1 in the third.

Senior captain Sam Cantello led Worcester with four goals. Junior Alec Dembeck scored three goals and had two assists.

Freshman Graham McColgan chipped in with two goals and an assist. He also scooped up five ground balls.

Senior Porter Bunting, sophomore JP Issel and freshman Mason Brown tallied two goals apiece.

Senior captain Jack Fager recorded three saves in the first half. Freshman Hunter Gentry stopped three Delmarva Christian shots in the second half. Junior Basil Christian made one save in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Noah Hudson won nine of 15 face-offs. Sophomore Sam Tinkler won five and freshman John Arrington tallied three.

“Once we started we kept rolling,” Gates said. “We moved the ball pretty well, we were sharing the ball, and defense played pretty well overall. Our goalies made some good saves when they did get shots off.”

Worcester will host the Calverton Cougars on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. for the Metro Independent Lacrosse League semifinals.

When the two teams went head-to-head on April 13 in Berlin, Worcester won 12-11 in overtime, so Gates expects Calverton to come looking to avenge that loss.

“We have to rise to the challenge,” he said. “We need to fix the things we did wrong the last time we played them, and do the things we did well. Everyone’s got to play their best and be focused.”

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