Cape boys’ lacrosse went down to Worcester Prep April 24 aware that over 25 years some weird games have been played ... and the Vikings have lost a few.
Cape jumped out hard on the grass field, scoring the first eight goals of the game for a nice cushion. But “relax” has no place in a lacrosse game, which is always highlighted by shifts in momentum.
The Vikings cruised home for an 18-8 win, but the game settled into a 10-8 contest over the final three quarters, and coach Mark D’Ambrogi was less than enthusiastic with his team’s overall focus over four quarters of playing.
“We played a good, solid 36 minutes of lacrosse throughout the game,” he said. “We didn’t play great for about 12 minutes during the game. We need to do a better job, in both playing and coaching, of being solid for the whole 48 minutes.
“We were able to get shots off from pretty good places on the field during the game. We started settling for pretty good shots, instead of excellent shots, and their goalie was able to save our pretty good shots. We have to be disciplined enough to only take excellent shots, and that is what we are working on at this point.
“We have a big week with three games, all at home. CR (7-1) on Wednesday and they are always a quality opponent. I expect a tough game and hope that we spend two days preparing to play our best. We are looking forward to it.”
Cape’s goal scorers were Hank D’Ambrogi with six, Gabe Best and Blake Gipko with three each, Luke Burton with two and single goals from Mikey Frederick, Jaden Davis, Jake Truitt and Chancler Johnson.
Cape assists were Frederick and D’Ambrogi with three, Best and Davis with two, and Gipko, Truitt and Joe Coveleski with one apiece.
Head on a swivel - Reflections on some lacrosse history of the Cape versus Caesar Rodney rivalry. The teams have played 13 times since 2009, with Cape holding a 9-4 advantage.
The Riders beat Cape twice in 2013, 10-9 at Cape and 11-8 in the state tournament semifinals at Milford.
Caesar Rodney celebrated in Cape’s house, and players who will never forget it are the ones who were there and are now 25 years old.
The Vikings have won seven state titles and placed second four times. The Riders have won three state titles and also finished second four times.
Cape will host Sussex Central Friday, April 30, and Tower Hill Saturday, May 1.