The Delmarva/Mid-Atlantic Lacrosse Play Day held March 16 on Cape’s two turf fields was a raging success featuring high-level competition and no rain in spite of a 70 percent prediction number.
Five of the top 25 rated teams in the country for 2013 were among the eight teams playing including, in order of ranking, Georgetown Visitation 4, Moorestown 7, Maryvale 9, Severna Park 20 and Mount Hebron 22.
The three non-rated teams included Queen Anne’s, Downingtown East and Cape Henlopen.
Further preseason rating systems indicate that Georgetown Visitation 3, Moorestowen 4 and Marydale 5 were all rated in the top 5 in the Mid Atlantic region by Lacrosse Magazine.
“Scores were kept, but they shouldn’t be published because it was a play day," Cape coach P.J. Kesmodel said after a six-hour day that saw teams each play three games. “I think we may be the weakest team here,” he said with a smile.
Cape got lit up in its first scrimmage against Mt. Hebron, getting down 5-0 at the half (wait, was that a score?) but the Vikings got back to respectability in the second half, and it was possible that Hebron - Kesmodel’s former school - called off the dogs.
Cape took care of Downingtown East in the Vikings' second scrimmage and players felt better about themselves but had to face Georgetown Visitation in the final game. Visitation had torched a very good Queen Anne’s team in the second game after Queen Anne’s tied powerhouse Moorestown.
“I think we’ll start in 'spread yellow' [Cape’s celebrated delay game] against Visitation," Kesmodel said before the game.
That game proved to be the best of the day as Cape went back and forth with the heavily favored Tigers behind seniors Sara Young and Anna Frederick, along with sophomores Lexi Woodruff and Sarah Tappan, juniors Ali Yeager and Kat Judge and the goaltending of Samantha Broadhurst before winning by a single goal from an unlikely hero, Karissa LeMaire, a junior who just last week was playing defense.
Cape will open the regular season at home Saturday, March 23, hosting Holy Cross of Maryland. Lacrosse Magazine cites that game as one to watch in March: “The defending WCAC champions [Holy Cross] take on the four-time defending Delaware champions in a game that could help either team earn a spot in the Top 25. A win wouldn't necessarily get them in now, but it would go a long way into earning them consideration.”