Cape boys’ lacrosse coach Mark D’Ambrogi is the sideline maestro who sees 11 moving parts simultaneously. If you slack, you may never get back, and that’s practice. It’s the way it has always been on the Cape lacrosse field.
The Vikings won their seventh state title last spring. D’Ambrogi has been at the helm five times, with Steve Aubrey and Jack Lingo each winning one state title. Cape has also lost in the title game four times.
The Vikings had 58 players come out on Day 1. Cape will field two solid teams, a varsity and junior varsity. There are likely to be a few swing players. Depth and chemistry are key and also seeing which players best complement each other.
Key frontline players lost to graduation from the 2019 championship team are Brody McMahon, Matt Prestipino, Jack Dennis, Luke D’Ambrogi, Greg Boyce and Ben Weathersby. JP Heid and Adem Tekmen added scoring punch.
Cape’s junior varsity team was undefeated last year, while Beacon Middle was 8-0-1 and Mariner Middle was 8-2-1.
Cape will hold a four-team home scrimmage beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 7, hosting Garnet Valley, Malvern Prep and Severna Park.
“We have personnel problems to figure out, but they are good problems to have,” said longtime assistant and goalie coach Geoff Shupard.