Stage Set For Mallards-Sabres Title Game

BERLIN- For the 12th straight year, Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team will face Saints Peter and Paul in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship game, but the old rivalry has lost some of its luster with the Mallards’ recent domination.

It’s always special went Worcester Prep faces Saints Peter and Paul in any sport, but girls’ varsity lacrosse has produced the most drama in recent years. The two teams have met on the ESIAC championship game for the last 11 and the stage is set for a 12th on Friday at Worcester.

However, it appears at least on paper the Mallards could cruise to their seventh straight title on Friday. Worcester beat Saints Peter and Paul, 22-2, back on April 12 and almost duplicated that score last Friday when it beat the Sabres, 21-7, on the road. Regular season meetings mean little in the old rivalry, however, and anything is possible when the two teams meet.

Last year, Worcester beat the Sabres, 11-5, in the title game for its sixth straight. Before Worcester’s five-game title streak, Saints Peter and Paul won three straight from 2010 to 2012. While the scores have been a little lop-sided recently, many of the title games in the series have been decided by a single goal and more than a few have gone to overtime.

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.