You will never hear a Cape lacrosse player talk about a five-year winning streak against Delaware teams because they have no clue. The number is 62, but the team of college prep academic high achievers understands it when coach P.J. Kesmodel, who is known for his brutal honesty, uses words like "atrocious" and describes a game as "the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here.”
Archmere showed up and got up quickly, showing great energy surging to a 4-1 lead on the five-time Delaware state champion Vikings. The Auks did it with draws and calls, getting a bevy of free position shots in the first seven minutes and three quirky calls on goalie Sam Broadhurst that were baffling, turning saves into "shoot it agains.”
The Vikings dropped balls and threw passes away and were beaten to most 50/50 balls in the first half. But Cape got back in the neighborhood, tying the game at 4 at halftime.
Cape’s first score came from Jordan Brown and the three to tie it from Joseph, Tappan and Yeager.
And if you look back into the tense game to the moment when the Auks led 4-1, they were outscored 12-3 as the Vikings staved off the upset.
Cape got two big goals in the second half from the sophomore midfield line as Tess Bernheimer and Alison Palmer rang the bell.
“We have a lot to fix and work on," Kesmodel said after the game. “I don’t think I did a very good job getting our kids ready.”
Cape was paced by Tappan, Yeager and Joseph each with three and single goals from Brown, Judge, Palmer and Bernheimer.
Archmere was led in scoring by Amanda Olden and Elisabeth Schiltz each with two and single goals from Katelyn Payne, Presley Conaty and Julia Collins.
Cape outshot the Auks 28-19.
Sam Broadhurst had 10 saves for Cape. Cape will play at Saint Mark’s Wednesday, April 9 .
Archmere will host 5-0 Polytech April 10.