Good goalies all over local girls’ lacrosse fields

Baseball will open state tournament at home Saturday, May 26
May 22, 2018

Goalie girls - Cape freshman lacrosse goalie Vivian Lynn got into the varsity lacrosse game late versus Padua May 19 and promptly made a spectacular save. Vivian is really good, and so is junior Vienna Iacona. And first-year freshman player Destiny Kusen has been a quick learner and loves the position. Anna Lopez was backup goalie for Beacon boys and plays for Atlantic Lacrosse, and she is also a really good goalie. And Laci Dixon at Mariner is totally fearless, 19-1 last two years playing on the boys’ team. 

Defense wins championships - The Cape girls’ lacrosse team is 15-1 entering Wednesday’s semifinal game versus 13-3 Archmere. The Cape defense with Vienna Iacona starting in goal fronted by defenders Jody Boyer, Annie Judge, Talbot Buck and Jillian Seker has limited 11 opponents to their lowest output of the season, including Ursuline 3, Sussex Tech 0, Indian River 0, Archmere 3, Smyrna 4, Sussex Academy 1, Polytech 3, Caesar Rodney 0, St. Andrew’s 5, Dover 2 and Padua 3. Cape also held Worcester to three goals – so did Stephen Decatur, and South River to eight goals; Severna Park also held the Seahawks to eight goals. Cape’s two midfields of Alia Marshall, Meredith Lockwood and Anna Stancofski supported by Victoria Lockwood, Emily Monigle and Jackie Cannon also play great defense. The Vikings have used six attackers with Lindsay Monigle and Mallory Jones staying on the field, while Katie Frederick and Sawyer Walker rotate with Lola Messick and Kaylie Truitt. Attackers have to redefend on a change of possession. The point is that Cape is a defensive team that averages 16 goals per game.

“Hello in There, Hello” - John Prine - I talk to everyone the same, from 8 to 80, big shots and no-counts, makes no difference to me. At the May 20 DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K, I snapped 2,000 photos and said “nice job” to most runners and walkers who passed my blue chair rounding the bend and heading for home. There was a woman walking alone, “taking a walker on the wild side” a mile on gravel. There was no buddy and no wingman, just her, and she looked determined and satisfied. “Way to go. Good job out there today,” I said snapping her picture. “I couldn’t have done it without this walker,” she said, four wheels on a gravel path, and there were puddles so deep, slimy things were living in them. “See this blue chair, I ain’t here for two hours without it,” I said to her. Props to both of us (walker and chair), but respect as well to her. Anyone can sit in a chair for two hours; getting up is the trick.

Hardball - The DIAA state baseball tournament opens Thursday, May 24, with 24 teams. The top four get a bye followed by a home game Saturday, May 26. Cape is sliding around anywhere from 1 through 4. According to coach Ben Evick, “There are a lot of good teams out there, so it doesn’t make that much difference.” Caravel (13-2), William Penn (14-2), Cape Henlopen (15-2), Saint Mark’s (14-3), Red Lion (13-3), Appoquinimink (13-4), Hodgson (13-4), Wilmington Friends (15-3), St. Georges (12-4) and Salesianum (12-6) are the top 10 before Monday’s final games. The quarterfinals for baseball are Wednesday, May 30, with semifinals Friday, June 1, and the final championship game Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Frawley Stadium.

Snippets - Senior Tiara Duffy is “Destiny’s Child,” so she “ain’t going out like that”! South Carolina softball was losing 4-3 to Hofstra in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on with two outs when Krystan White saved the season with a walk-off two-run homer. The Gamecocks then beat Liberty University twice on Sunday (calls for a religious joke) 2-0 and 5-0 to advance to an NCAA Super Regional Friday, May 25. The Gamecocks go to the Tempe Super Regional to face Arizona State. The College World Series begins May 30 in Oklahoma City, Okla., featuring the eight Super Regional winners in a double-elimination tournament. Cape football opens the 2018 fall season under the direction of new head coach JD Maull playing at defending Division II state champions Delmar Friday, Sept. 7. Cape last played Delmar 10 years ago, Sept. 12, 2008, at home, losing 31-14. There are three Maulls on the Cape staff, all of whom were starting quarterbacks for the Vikings – Gilbert, Jay and JD. The game of the year in field hockey in 2018 is a battle of state champions – Cape hosting Delmar Sept. 20. Go on now, git!