Sabres avenge earlier loss to three-time defending ESIAC champions
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.
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