The Cape lacrosse girls entered the game versus Worcester Prep at Champions Stadium April 30 under a dreary low ceiling, what local sportsmen call “ducking weather.” All the Cape players wore headbands of camouflage for the game, rocking the theme Hunting for Mallards.
The Vikings 9-0 were entering a six-game stretch to close out the regular season where opponents have a combined record of 54-5-1. “It’s a great way to get ready for the state playoffs,” coach P.J. Kesmodel told the team at a Saturday practice. “Worcester is really fast with lots of skilled players and good goaltending. That game will be a challenge for us.”
Worcester, 10-1, came into Lewes riding a 10-game winning streak averaging 18 goals a game including an impressive 21-10 win over Tower Hill earlier in the season.
Cape, with 11 athletes who also play field hockey, met the challenge, scoring first and never trailing and eventually winning 9-6 behind the stellar defense of goalie Sam Broadhurst with 8 saves and the clearing of Taylor Gooch and Maggie Delp.
Cape’s leading scorer, Anna Frederick, took her whacks inside the 8-meter line and scored three goals including Cape’s first and last of the game, while her frontline running mate from field hockey, Allie Yeager, also scored three in addition to having a goal waved off.
Sara Young, all over the field, scored two goals had another waved off and received a yellow card when she launched one shot so hard it dropped a Mallards defender to the turf. Kat Judge, another yellow card-carrying midfielder, scored Cape’s other goal while playing a typical “Kat Country” game in the midfield.
The Mallards got behind early, trailing 4-1, and seconds after the Yeager goal was disallowed scored to close the gap to 4-2. The halftime scored was 6-4, but Young and Yeager scored early in the second half for an 8-4 cushion as Cape went into a "nowhere in a hurry fast” spread offense and secured a hard-earned victory.
Worcester goal scorers were Allie Greer and Meredith Smith with 2 and Lilly Dinardo and Meg Lingo each scoring 1.
Cape, 10-0, is set to play at 9-1 Charter at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, before playing at unbeaten Queen Anne's County at 5:30, Saturday, May 4.
Worcester Prep, now 10-2, will host unbeaten Sussex Tech at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 2.