Coates leads Mallards Over Ireton

BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s men’s varsity lacrosse team
scored a big win over a high quality opponent last weekend, edging Bishop
Ireton of Alexandria, Va., at home on Saturday to improve to 4-2 on the season.

The Mallards hosted the Cardinals in a rare Saturday
contest and came out on top against one of the better opponents on the schedule
from the other side of the Chesapeake Bay. In two earlier road contests against
teams from the other side of the bridge, Worcester lost to McDonough and Radnor
(Pa.) during an Easter Tournament.

Coach Kevin Gates credited a stingy defense led by goalie
Christian Coates, who recorded 12 saves, for the impressive win over Bishop
Ireton last Saturday. “We were lucky to have Christian at the top of his game,”
he said. “He was outstanding and was the main reason we were able to win that

With Coates and the stingy Worcester defense keeping the
Cardinals out of the net, the Mallards created just enough offense to come away
with the win. Max DiFillipo scored two goals and dished out an assist, while
Greg Butler scored two goals. David Leyden contributed two assists.

win over Bishop Ireton was the third straight for Worcester and the fourth
overall on the season against two losses. The Mallards topped Gunston Day,
15-3, last Thursday after beating Cambridge, 16-1, last Tuesday. Hank Fisher
scored four goals while Travis Gregory scored two and Christian Payne added two
in the win over Gunston.