The Cape boys’ lacrosse team scrimmaged Pennsylvania powerhouse programs Malvern Prep and Garnet Valley back to back March 9 on the Legends Stadium turf. The Vikings probably lost both if scores were kept, which they were not, at least electronically.
Malvern lost five games in 2018 to the likes of Calvert Hall, Delbarton, Episcopal Academy, Haverford School and Conestoga. The Friars beat Salesianum 10-8.
The Jaguars of Garnet Valley were District 1 Class 3A champions last year before losing to Manheim Township in the state tournament semifinals.
Coach Mark D’Ambrogi: “We played well to start the day and handled the ball well in the first few possessions. Then we struggled to clear the ball twice in a row and paid the price. A good team like Malvern Prep took advantage of those extra possessions, and we made it difficult on ourselves.
“The second scrimmage was a good opportunity to get a lot of guys in and see how we handle the pressure of a quality opponent like Garnet Valley. We did a better job of clearing and had some good possessions, but we recognize our need to be better shooters.
“Individually, Matt Prestipino and Brody McMahon gave us some good leadership. Billy Ott, after a year away with injury, did a good job on face-offs.“
Cape will have home scrimmages versus Kent Island (Md.) at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, and Shipley School (Pa.) at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 16.
The Vikings open at Bullis School (Md.) Saturday, March 23.