Lacrosse athletes playing four games over a six-hour play day may not know the score, but they know what time it is, as in “Fast forward - what’s up?”
The Cape girls of 2013 played their first day of foreign competition in the Eastern Shore play day “down to” Bennett High School in Salisbury, Md., March 9. Four fields of grass and six hours of solid action including a full schedule of JV games provided opportunities for players to test their skills
Cape played Saints Peter and Paul, North Caroline, Kent Island and Steven Decatur, each game two 15-minute halves of running clock.
“We looked really good at times and other times not so great, all to be expected," said coach P.J. Kesmodel “We don’t have that much in yet - offense and defense - and we are working on combinations of players and also evaluating players. Every kid got to play a lot. We were not so worried about the score; in fact, when a scrimmage is over I couldn’t tell you the score.”
But a program like Cape representing four straight Delaware state titles doesn’t want anyone bragging at its expense, and that certainly didn’t happen.
The Worcester Prep Mallards, one of the strongest women’s lacrosse teams on the Eastern Shore, didn’t play Cape. Most of the players know each other; some have played together on Eastern Shore Lacrosse. Lacrosse is that type of network; most of the athletes know each other at some level.
The Vikings ran two midfields for most of the day. One included all-state performers Sara Young and Kat Judge, along with freshman Lizzie Frederick.
The other was Karalyn Joseph, Riley Wagner and Amanda Smith.
All-state starters Anna Frederick and Ali Yeager were joined on attack by sophomore Jordan Brown, Lexi Woodruff and Sara Tappan. All attack players scored multiple goals over four games.
The defense is where Cape lost the most players from last season, and upwards of 10 players got time during the four scrimmages.
Cape will host a scrimmage after school Wednesday, March 13, against Bennett and Stephen Decatur.
Cape will play a scrimmage of two 20-minute halves against Bennett and then Decatur. Bennett and Decatur will play each other between their Cape games.
Cape will host the Delmarva/Metro Lax play day Saturday, March 16. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both turf fields. The play day will feature some of the best teams in the nation for high school lacrosse.
There will be a total of 12 games on the hour from 9 a.m until 2 p.m.; featured teams include Moorestown, Queen Anne's, Severna Park, Georgetown Visitation, Maryvale, Mt. Hebron, Downingtown East and Cape.
Cape plays Mt. Hebron at 9 a.m. Downingtown East at 1 p.m. and Georgetown Visitation at 2 p.m.