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Cape boys’ lacrosse goes Gator hunting in Philly

Vikings win defensive game controlled by goalies 9-0
Shipley’s Will Drake goes airborne while trying to score on Cape goalkeeper Brendan Kane. DAVE FREDERICK PHOTO
April 20, 2017

The Blue Route to Farm Field One in Gladwyne, Pa., on the Philadelphia Main Line is a slow roll through the sounds of silence. That highway faced decades of opposition before all sections connected and opened in 1992 after starting in 1967. While under construction, track teams, including Villanova, used the Blue Route for training runs and interval workouts.

The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, with a remote field in Gladwyne, is nestled amidst some of the most expensive real estate in the United States.

The turf field was hot. There was no scoreboard, only a few spectators and virtually no background noise. Even the distinct voices of coaches Mark D’Ambrogi and Jack Lingo dissipated crossing the field.

Cape scored first against goalie Colton Gallo, but the senior was easily the best player on the Gators’ roster. At the end of a half dominated by Cape, the Vikings only led 3-0.

Goalie Brendan Kane was also lights out for Cape, but he didn’t face the barrage of shots stared down by Gallo.

“I knew we had to get the first couple goals of the second half, and that’s what we did,” said D’Ambrogi. “Anytime you’re facing a hot goalie, the game of lacrosse can change in a hurry.”

Jaycob Trimmer led all Cape goal scorers with four, followed by Ethan Ghabra with two and single goals from Eric-Stephane Stancofski, Greg Boyce and Patrick Monigle.

Luke D’Ambrogi, the team leader in assists, had three, while Brock Maloomian, Monigle, Robbie Neall, Ghabra and Boyce all had one.

The Vikings had 33 shots. Kane was credited with eight saves.

Cape (6-1) will play at Archmere (6-2) Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m.