The steeple bell on the campus chapel at Episcopal Academy rang four times, a harbinger of a spring squall, but the bell also tolled for Cape lacrosse. Minutes into the 4 p.m. game, the Churchmen of the tough Philadelphia Inter-Academic League were leading 4-0.
But the Vikings got up off the slippery deck as mariners must do and trailed 5-4 at the quarter before leading 7-6 at halftime on a pass from Mikey Frederick to Joe Coveleski.
Midway through the third period with the Vikings ahead 8-6, Jaden Davis knocked a Churchman into the middle of his sophomore year of college and went to the box for a two-minute, non-releasable penalty. During that kill-off, more laundry was thrown into the Vikings’ hamper, and by the time the third period ended, the score went sheepshank redemption, knotted at 9.
Episcopal rediscovered its game in the final period, outscoring the Vikings 4-1 to come away with a 13-10 victory.
The Churchmen opened 4-0 and closed 4-1. In the middle of that sandwich, Cape had a 9-5 advantage, but the only number that counted was 13-10, the final score.
Cape goal scorers were Gabe Best with 3, Blake Gipko 3, and Will Bragg, Jaden Davis, Mikey Frederick, and Joe Coveleski each with 1.
Assists were Gabe Best with 3, Frederick 2, Landon Best 1 and Gipko 1.
Michael Sposato had 11 saves in goal for the Vikings.
Episcopal points were scored by Dylan Jascsz with 4 goals, Tristan Whitaker 3, TJ Lamb with 1 goal and 3 assists, Lucas Slate 2 goals, Billy Adams 1 goal and 1 assist, Sam Malloy 1 goal and 1 assist, Will Delaney 1 goal, and Cooper McAndrew 1 assist.
Goalie Nash Womack had 9 saves. Face-off man Andrew McMeekin won 17 of 25 face-offs.
Cape was scheduled to play at the Gilman School in Baltimore Thursday, April 1.
Coach Mark D’Ambrogi reflected on the game, “We settled in and showed some character coming back. We talk about letting a good team get a lead because of our own mistakes. It makes them that much harder to beat. I definitely think we learned some things about ourselves and, as usual, the things we need to work on to be better, like clearing, shooting and limiting our turnovers. Our effort was good, and now we need to combine that with smarter play.”