Cape girls’ lax goes ‘Thunder Road’ and rocks Padua 18-3

Vikings will face Archmere in semifinal round
May 21, 2018

The Padua Pandas came to Cape’s Champions Stadium May 19 intent on giving the Vikings all they wanted in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA state tournament.

Padua had reached the quarters by beating St. Andrew’s 15-4 on a last-second shot May 17.

The game was 7-1 at the half, then Padua scored two quick goals to open the second half to compress the score to 7-3. Oddly enough, the sun showed up, sinking in the western sky, and Cape went “Thunder Road,” scoring 11 unanswered goals for an 18-3 victory.

Cape will play Archmere in the semifinal round Wednesday, May 23. The Auks advanced by beating Polytech 12-9.

“Padua kept pressuring the ball the entire game, which rules out any delay game,” said coach Lindsay Eichner. “We tell our players: If you get pressure, go to the goal. It’s not a matter of running up the score; there is just nothing else you can do.”

Cape’s lightning-fast midfielder Alia Marshall had five goals, while quarterback Lindsay Monigle had four goals and four assists. Mallory Jones and Anna Stancofski each had two goals, while Mary Grace Cannon, Meredith Lockwood, Sawyer Walker, Emily Monigle and Annie Judge each scored one.

Jones, Walker and Kaylie Truitt each added two assists.

Cape outshot Padua 30-15.

Vienna Iacona (8) and Vivian Lynn combined for nine saves.

Padua goals were scored by Rachel Delate (2) and Ava Ruggeri.

Elizabeth Hennessy had nine saves for the Pandas. 

The Cape defense of Jillian Seker, Jody Boyer, Judge and Talbot Buck had held 12 opponents to five goals or less, including two shutouts.