Mallards Edge Pocomoke, End Mini-Skid

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s varsity field hockey team bounced back from a mid-season setback including two straight losses with a narrow win over traditional Worcester County powerhouse Pocomoke on the road on Monday.

The Mallards were cruising along, winners of four straight including three by shutout before hitting a tough patch in the schedule last week against two non-conference teams. Worcester lost to Indian River, 6-1, last Wednesday, followed by a 3-1 loss to Bennett at home last Friday.

On Monday, the Mallards traveled to Pocomoke, one of the most highly decorated high school field hockey programs in the state, and came away with a 2-1 win. Worcester took a 1-o0led into halftime on a first-half goal by Rylie Carey off an assist from Dana Anderson.

Early in the second half, Anderson increased Worcester’s lead to 2-0 on a nice goal off an assist by Hailee Arrington. Pocomoke got on the board with a late goal with just two minutes remaining in the contest, but the damage had been done and the Mallards held on for the 2-1 win against the perennial state championship contenders.

With the win, the Mallards halted the mini-skid and improved their season record to 7-3. The Mallards face old rival Saints Peter and Paul at home on Friday, followed by a couple of tough road games next week at Holly Grove and St. Thomas More.

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.