Worcester Prep scores thrilling three-peat

Worcester Prep scores thrilling three-peat


Worcester Prep scores thrilling three-peat


St’s Peter and Paul’s Kelly Hertelendy attempts to take the ball from Worcester Prep’s Isabel Carulli during play Monday afternoon at Worcester Prep in Berlin.

St’s Peter and Paul’s Kelly Hertelendy attempts to take the ball from Worcester Prep’s Isabel Carulli during play Monday afternoon at Worcester Prep in Berlin.

The Worcester Prep field hockey team started its season off with back-to-back losses against some of the toughest teams from Delaware’s Henlopen Conference, losing on a Friday night and a Saturday morning to Delmar and Poly Tech.

“Those losses were a slap in the face,” senior midfielder Jordie Loomis said. “But after those games we stepped it up. That was a rough start, and we knew what we were capable of.”

The Mallards were still a raw team trying to figure it out, but after those losses and despite losing seven seniors from the previous season, they won 13 consecutive games and captured their third straight Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Championship title after blanking the Saints Peter and Paul Sabres on Monday at home by a score of 2-0.

The Mallards (13-2) started the game off slow, but still played top defense, allowing the Sabres (12-4) to notch just one penalty corner in the first half. Late in that first period though, the Mallards got their first corner and that turned into their first goal when Leigh Lingo fed a pass to Isabelle Carulli, who blasted a shot into the goal from the bottom of the circle to give the Mallards a lead with 48 seconds to play in the first half.

“The team likes to play down until we get one in the cage, so it was a huge play for us,” Mallards head coach Jenny Frostrom said. “It was an amazing corner and an amazing shot, (Lingo and Carulli) do that in practice.”

The momentum carried into the second half and the Mallards’ second goal came from Mia Meacci with seven minutes to play when she scored on a counter attack after putting in a deflected shot from Hanna Nechay. Meacci had just subbed into the game when she scored, and all season long the freshman has acted as instant offense coming off the bench, scoring nine goals this season in that role.

“She was in the right place at the right time,” Frostrom said. “She knows right where to be in the circle.”

The Sabres had chances to score, and perhaps their best opportunity came in the early stages of the second half when Allison McLaughlin was one-on-one with Mallards’ goalkeeper Stormy McGuiness. But the sophomore keeper was able to swat the ball away at the last moment, preventing a goal.

“The defense definitely stepped up today,” Loomis said. “It’s been incredible to watch the defense transform from the beginning of the season.”

After the game, trophies were handed out to both sides and the All-ESIAC first teams were announced, with four players from each team being selected to the squad, including Loomis. In addition to that, she was named as the Conference Player of the Year.

“She’s the heartbeat of this team,” Frostrom said of Loomis. “She keeps the offense pushing and the defense strong.”

Loomis is one of four seniors on the team and will leave after this season to go play college ball at Stevenson University. But she says she will always come back and visit her team that has been a family.

“I’ve never been so close to a team in my entire life,” Loomis said. “Between the loud music, the team breakfasts and the bus rides, we’ve done everything together. I’m going to miss it.”

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