A double dose of Delaware field hockey took place at DE Turf Saturday Sept. 7, billed as the Tournament of Champions. It lifted off with Notre Dame Prep vs. Delmar in game one and touched down with Cape Henlopen hosting South River. It resulted in a rough day for the visiting Maryland teams.
The composite score was 11-0 favoring Delaware, with Delmar winning 6-0 over Notre Dame and Cape following with a 5-0 win over South River.
Both Notre Dame and South River are no-joke championship programs, a strong indicator that the Wildcats and Vikings are locked and loaded, ready to defend their D2 and D1 state championships.
Josie Hollamon and Logan Walls each scored twice for the Wildcats, while Morgan Fletcher and Morgan Bradford scored single goals.
Delmar will play at Sussex Tech Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Cape didn’t find the cage until the 11:56 mark of the first half, when Reagan Ciabattonni sent a perfect cross onto the stick of Cami Smith who one-timed it into the goal. Later, Smith shoveled a pass forward to Haley Craig, who beat the goalie nearside for a 2-0 Cape halftime lead.
Smith scored again early in the second half, and defender Anna Stancofski, who comes up on corners to play offense, scored twice to close out the Cape scoring.
Cape outshot South River 15-2. Marlee Geppert made two saves.
Cape will travel to Woodbridge Tuesday, Sept. 10, then host Tower Hill Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.
Cape lost to Tower in the state tournament 2-0 Nov. 12, 2016, breaking the Vikings’ in-state victory streak at 100. There is no record of the two programs ever meeting in the regular season.