Mallards Bounce Back After First Loss

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s varsity field hockey team got back in the win column on Monday with a 4-2 win over Sussex Academy on the road.

The Mallards started the season in impressive fashion, beating crosstown rival Stephen Decatur, 5-0, in the season opener, followed by a narrow 1-0 win over old Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) rival Saints Peter and Paul on the road last Thursday.

The Worcester girls took their first loss of the season last Saturday at home against Sussex Tech in an 11-0 rout to come back to earth a little after two shutout wins to start the season. On Monday, however, the Mallards got right back in the win column with a victory over Sussex Academy on the road.

Sussex Academy got on the board first to take an early 1-0 lead. Worcester tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Dana Anderson off an assist from Rylie Carey. Carey then gave the Mallards a 2-1 lead on a goal off an assist by Abbi Nechay. Sussex Academy scored just before the first half ended and the game went into intermission tied at 2-2.

Worcester scored twice in the second half, however, to pull away for the 4-2 win. Nechay put the Mallards ahead 3-2 on an unassisted goal and Hana Miller added the icing on the cake for Worcester with a late goal to close out the 4-2 win. With the win over Sussex Academy, the Mallards early-season record improved to 3-1.

The Mallards face Gunston at home next Tuesday in a game rescheduled from Monday, followed by a non-conference game against Bayside South’s Bennett next Friday.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.