Worcester Girls Win Title, Complete Perfect Season

Worcester Girls Win Title, Complete Perfect Season
Worcester’s Kristen Shriver moves against the Gunston defense, while teammate Lily DiNardo trails the play. The Mallards beat Gunston last Friday to win the ESIAC championship and finish off their perfect season with a 15-0 record. Photo by Bob Schaeffer

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team capped off a remarkable unbeaten season with a 14-8 win over familiar rival Saints Peter and Paul in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship game last Friday.

The Mallards finished off its perfect season last Friday with a 14-8 win over the Sabres in the conference championship game and finished with an unblemished 15-0 mark. The title game last Friday was the third chapter in a sensational trilogy for the two teams this season. Worcester beat Saints Peter and Paul, 9-8, way back on April 2 and beat the Sabres again, 17-15, in overtime last Tuesday.

In the title game, the two teams went back and forth through much of the first half with neither team gaining much of an advantage. Saints Peter and Paul took their last lead of the game at 7-6 with 5:23 left in the first half. Worcester’s Lily DiNardo scored to put the Mallards ahead for good at 8-7 and Kristen Shriver added another goal just before the half to extend the lead to 9-7. The biggest lead for either team in the first half was two goals, with the Sabres leading 2-0 early and the Mallards leading 9-7 at the intermission.

However, Worcester scored the last three goals of the first half and the first two goals of the second half, and the five-goal run settled the issue once and for all for the Mallards. Worcester ended up scoring eight of the last nine goals in the game and pulled away for the 14-8 win. When the final horn sounded, the Mallards celebrated their ESIAC title win and the perfect season as 15-0 flashed on the scoreboard. DiNardo led the Mallards with seven goals in the championship game, while Shriver added six goals.