The Cape Delmar/Mid-Atlantic Play Day March 16 was held under changeable skies and howling winds. The event featured a record five state championship teams among the eight squads invited, with six of eight ranked in the top 25 in the U.S.
State champions were Cape, Glenelg (Maryland), Bishop Ireton (Virginia) , Moorestown (New Jersey) and Unionville (Pennsylvania).
“Marriotts Ridge and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Upper School are top 25 teams while Kent Island is a perennial regional powerhouse,” said organizer P.J. Kesmodel. “I spend a lot of time in the winter getting this Play Day organized. Teams like coming here in the preseason and making a weekend of it.”
Moorestown brought more than 50 players. They use it as a team-bonding weekend, but once the season starts there are just 18 players on the varsity.
Cape scrimmaged Bishop Ireton, Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg. All those teams play fast and physical and can light it up and have great goal tending.
“Our scrimmages worked the way we needed them to this weekend,” said Cape Coach Lindsey Underwood. “We got better each game and looked great for this point of the season. By our last game, we were able to speed up our play and get into rhythms both in attack and defense. Both our goalies played their best in the last game as well which was good to see.”
Cape opens the regular season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Stephen Decatur. The Vikings will host Sussex Tech at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.