BERLIN- Worcester Prep girls’ varsity lacrosse standout Lilly DiNardo, bound for the University of Virginia this fall, was named last week to the prestigious U.S. Lacrosse First Team All American, becoming the only player on the Eastern Shore to receive the honor.
DiNardo, a three-sport standout that also played soccer and basketball at Worcester Prep, captained the Mallards to a perfect 15-0 record and an ESIAC championship this season. The center midfielder led her team in scoring with 59 goals this season, for an average of nearly four per game, and also took 90 percent of the draws. While DiNardo led the team day in and day out, she had a knack for coming up big in the Mallards’ toughest games of the year.
For example, she scored half of her team’s goals in the two biggest games, including five goals against Cape Henlopen in a 10-8 win, and seven goals against Saints Peter and Paul in a 14-8 win in the ESIAC championship game. DiNardo finished her lacrosse career at Worcester with 188 goals and 106 assists for 294 total points.
DiNardo started and scored in every game of her high school career at Worcester and as First Team-All Conference each year. She earned ESIAC Player of the Year honors in 2013 and was member of the WPS 12 Letter Club as a varsity player in three sports for all four years.
DiNardo’s accomplishments did not go unnoticed on the national stage. She was named to the U.S. Lacrosse All American First Team for 2014 last week and was also a U.S. Lacrosse All American in 2013. Gettting named U.S. Lacrosse First Team All American is a unique award and DiNardo is the only high school girls’ lacrosse player on the Lower Shore to earn the honor this year. In fact, the only other local player to be named First Team-All American in the last five years was Parkside’s Brie Custis, who now plays at Notre Dame. DiNardo’s accomplishments in the classroom matched her excellence on the field as she was named U.S. Lacrosse Academic All American in both 2013 and 2014. She has accepted a scholarship to the tradition-rich University of Virginia and will continue her academic and athletic career there beginning in August.