West Leads Seahawks Past Mallards

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BERLIN – It may not have been easy, but the Stephen Decatur boys’ varsity lacrosse team finally got the best of their cross-town rivals, Worcester Prep, getting out to an early lead and never looking back.

Decatur led the entire way and ended up winning 13-8 behind a huge performance by Logan West, who dominated the face-off battle and scored five goals.

Decatur jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind a goal by junior Ben Kelleher and back-to-back scores by senior co-captain Nick Hogan.

Only 18 seconds into the second quarter, Worcester finally got on the board with a goal by Justin Butler, assisted by Christian Payne. That score was followed up by a Payne’s first goal of the game with 8:40 remaining in the quarter.

West got the first of his five goals in the game with 3:22 remaining with a high hard shot that got by Worcester goalie Christian Coates to give Decatur the 4-2 lead. Hogan scored again one minute later off a feed from Kelleher to increase Decatur’s lead to 5-2.

Both teams battled over possession to start the second half, but the scoring drought ended with 8:51 left in the third quarter when Will Regan converted a pretty pass from Greg Butler to cut into Decatur’s lead.

Worcester’s momentum was short-lived however, as West scored on an isolation play with 5:51 left in the third quarter to make it 6-3. Consecutive goals by Decatur’s Paul Kramer increased the lead to 8-3.

Worcester scored the next four goals to cut the lead to 8-7 before Kramer notched another goal to give Decatur some more breathing room. Two quick goals by Decatur later, and the score was 11-7 with five minutes remaining, and Worcester could only manage one more goal, while Decatur controlled possession and notched two more tallies.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.