Delmar hockey solves the Cape riddle, wins 6-3

Wildcats had lost to Vikings 12 straight times
September 22, 2017

“Yes! It was finally our time,” Delmar field hockey coach Jodi Hollomon said after her Wildcats won at home 6-3 over Cape Henlopen. The win on Sept. 21, the start of the autumnal equinox, was definitely cosmic. The Wildcats had lost 12 games in a row versus Cape going back to the 2008 state tournament, including four losses in the state final.

The game was an oddity in many ways, including Delmar leading 3-0 at the half with two penalty strokes by the same player, Ashlyn Carr, against two different Cape goalies, Lori Ferguson at 23:05 and freshman Julie Heffernan at 12.00. In between, Morgan Fletcher scored on a steep-angle shot at 19:47 for the 3-0 halftime advantage.

Delmar eighth-grader goalie Kelly Davis did not have to make a single save in the first half.

The script switched somewhat in the second half on a 90-degree day. Cape played a lot of people and began to get some runs on goal.

Senior Lindsay Monigle cracked the code at 27:03 on an assist from Cam Smith, and she found the cage again at 16:62. It was game on, 3-2 Delmar. Cape was back in the area code, but the Cats didn’t blink or wilt.

Peyton Kemp scored off a corner at 6:53, just seconds after Kelly Davis made a sliding save on a Cape shot that would have tied the game. Logan Walls scored at 5:29 to make the score 5-2.

Monigle was back in the net at 3:29 on a rebounded shot, giving her a second-half hat trick, but Walls scored once more for the final of 6-3.

Cape yielded a school record 21 corners in the game, while taking only two.  

The Wildcats outshot the Vikings 14-3.

Delmar improved to 5-0 on the season, while Cape dropped to 1-2.

The nine-year, 12-game pent-up victory celebration was exuberant and yet reserved. Coach Hollomon said, “It’s important for a team to show class when they win.”

And the Vikings also showed dignity in defeat.

Cape is set to host Our Lady of Good Counsel at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.