Sabres avenge ear­lier loss to three-time de­fend­ing ESIAC cham­pi­ons

Record Observer - - Sports - By AY­MAN ALAM aalam@star­dem.com

SSPP 9 — Worces­ter 7

EAS­TON — The Saints Peter and Paul High girls’ lacrosse team de­feated ri­val Worces­ter Prep, 9-7, on Fri­day, earn­ing a reg­u­lar-sea­son split while aveng­ing a 15-11 loss suf­fered in Ber­lin two weeks ago.

The Sabres are now 8-4 over­all and 5-1 in the Eastern Shore In­de­pen­dent Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Games at North Caro­line (Mon­day) and St. Thomas More (Tues­day) are on the stretch-run ledger be­fore the an­nual Tal­bot Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion Bull Roast at Eas­ton High School this com­ing Satur­day.

The team has made strides dur­ing Mike Morse’s first sea­son back as head coach. He was un­able to at­tend the game while in re­cov­ery from surgery, but as­sis­tant coaches Me­gan Wil­bert and Julie Morse kept the line mov­ing.

“Our strat­egy was sim­ple: play smart and fo­cused lacrosse know­ing that it’s just a game and to have fun,” Wil­bert said. “The girls played amaz­ing team lacrosse all over the field, never lost com­po­sure and had fun.”

The nor­mally fleet-of-foot Mal­lards were held with­out a fast­break goal.

“Julie, Mike and I knew lim­it­ing their fast­break was go­ing to be the key for us de­fen­sively,” Wil­bert said. “The key for the of­fense was to con­trol the ball, de­liver feeds that were 100 per­cent and make smart shots.”

“The girls ex­e­cuted the game plan de­vel­oped by as­sis­tant coaches Me­gan Wil­bert and Julie Morse,” Mike Morse added. “We con­tinue to im­prove each game, and are fo­cused on play­ing our best lacrosse at this stage of the sea­son.”

Me­gan Hickey led the way, as the Sabres cel­e­brated Se­nior Day, scor­ing five goals and gath­er­ing up five draw con­trols. Caro­line Mur­phy and Madi Marciniak scored two goals each to round out the scor­ing for Sts. Peter and Paul, while Kate Sovero dished two as­sists and Taylor Quade one.

“Our girls fi­nally put a full game of lacrosse to­gether,” Julie Morse said. “From our de­fense to at­tack, ev­ery­one stepped up and did their jobs.”

“Ev­ery­thing we were stress­ing in prac­tices fi­nally came to­gether,” she added. “As coaches, we are su­per ex­cited for the fi­nal two weeks go­ing for­ward be­cause we are click­ing all over the field.”

Leigh Lingo’s hat trick paced the Mal­lards, while Melissa Laws scored twice. Grace Tu­nis and Karlie South­comb each found the net once.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Ay­man_S­tarDem. Email me at aalam@star­dem.com

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