Cape boys' lacrosse celebrates DIAA state championship

Varsity team award winners are in back (l-r) Garrett Becker, Team Sportsmanship; Grant Gillan, Team MVP; Thomas Ott, Defensive MVP; Todd Keen, Offensive MVP; and Luke Benson, Offensive MVP. In front are Charlie Burton, Steve Smith Spirit Award; Blake Mann, Tim Mahoney Big Game Award; Kyle Orton, Lou Norbeck Unsung Hero Award; Michael Hopkins, Rob Schroeder Most Improved Award; and Nate Katurakes, Iron Viking Award. BY DAN COOK
June 28, 2014

The Cape Henlopen boys' lacrosse team celebrated the Vikings' sixth state championship in Cape history June 23 at Cape Henlopen High School, where awards were presented to team members.

Nearly 200 people dined on roast beef, chicken and crab imperial, and shared stories with past coaches Jeff "Moose" Mohr and Tim Mahoney, and former players Joey Cahill, Rob Orton, Burley Hopkins, Geoff Shupard, Spencer Steele and Jack Lingo.

After dinner, everyone moved into the Cape theater where awards were given, and videographer C.J. Watson showed a highlight movie of the championship season.

Atlantic Lacrosse Club coach Steve Spence acted as guest speaker for the event.

Cape goalie Grant Gillan was named team MVP, while Thomas Ott garnered Defensive MVP, and Todd Keen and Luke Benson were named Offensive MVPs.  Nate Katurakes lifted his way to the Iron Viking Award, while Charlie Burton and Michael Hopkins were given the Steve Smith Spirit Award and the Rob Schroeder Most Improved Award, respectively.

Grad Garrett Becker was given the team Sportsmanship Award. Junior Kyle Orton received the Lou Norbeck Unsung Hero Award. Blake Mann, who scored five goals in the championship game, was given the Tim Mahoney Big Game Award.

"It was great to get together with all of the players, especially the seniors one more time," said head coach Jack Lingo. "It was a nice banquet and a good time."

Junior varsity awards were given to Brandt Lookup, team MVP; Cole Conrad, Defensive MVP; Hank Coveleski, Offensive MVP; and Robbie Neal, Unsung Hero. Not in attendance were JV Most Improved players Jerry Harden and Joe Mathews.