The first full outside scrimmage of the 2014 lacrosse season for the five-time defending state champion Cape girls' lacrosse team came back with mixed reviews, mostly tepid to lukewarm wet.
"We didn’t play very well, but at least we got in two full scrimmages and don’t forget to dress warmly on Thursday, which is Crazy Hat Day," said coach P.J. Kesmodel by email Wednesday night following the scrimmage.
The Vikings are not a team to lick their wounds after battle and are looking forward to a Delmar/Metro Lax play day Saturday, March 15, featuring eight teams with fat resumés; Cape is the lowest-ranked team in the field.
Cape, 17-1 in 2013, will scrimmage Marriotts Ridge, 18-1, at 9 a.m in Champions Stadium; Good Counsel, 17-3, at noon in Legends Stadium; and Georgetown Visitation, 17-2, at 2 p.m in Legends Stadium.
The other four teams are Moorestown, N.J.; Queen Anne’s County; Broadneck; and McDonogh.
All games will start on the hour and be two 20-minute halves with running clock with a 5-minute break between.
In the March 12 scrimmages, Cape played its best lacrosse in the first half against a talented team from Stephen Decatur then went into mix-and-match mode for the rest of the afternoon. No scores were posted, and no results counted; in scrimmage play it's inaccurate to record who beat whom as coaches look at possible combinations on the field.
“Sam [Broadhurst] was the story in the first half against Decatur making a slew of big saves,” Kesmodel said. “If she plays like that during the season, we will be tough to beat. This team on the defensive end may be the quickest and most athletic we’ve ever had, starting with Taylor Gooch, Amanda Smith and Maggie Delp.”
Cape played Parkside in the second scrimmage, came out flat, got lit up and never got all the way back into harmony.
“I want the entire roster to get a chance to show what they can do in the scrimmages, because once the regular season begins, playing time will be based on performance," Kesmodel said.
Cape will open the season March 22 at Holy Cross High School of Maryland.