Girls lacrosse: Cape's streak stays alive

Girls lacrosse: Cape's streak stays alive


Girls lacrosse: Cape's streak stays alive


Three Wilmington Charter goals in the first nine minutes meant Cape Henlopen had to play at its best Wednesday night in the DIAA Girls Lacrosse State Tournament title game at rainy Appoquinimink.

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That turned out to be a no-win situation for the upset-minded Force.

Cape Henlopen overcame that early three-goal deficit and didn’t lead until late in the first half, but scored 15 of the game’s final 16 goals in an 18-6 triumph.

Top-seeded Cape Henlopen (13-5) extended its in-state win streak to 72 games dating to 2009, when it won the first of what are now six straight state championships.

Cape’s five losses were by a total of seven goals to schools from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“That definitely lit a fire,” Cape senior Catherine Judge said of the 3-0 deficit. “I knew once we scored a couple goals and we started rolling there would be no stopping us.”

The game had been postponed because of stormy weather last Thursday night and again Tuesday night.

“It was a long layoff,” Cape coach P.J. Kesmodel said. “They were all psyched up but they were so nervous and jittery they didn’t play very well in the beginning. They settled down. We played fine. I thought we’d be OK.

“I didn’t panic. I didn’t call timeout. I figured we’d come back. All our seniors played really well.”

Kesmodel, who’ll turn 71 Saturday, added next season will be his last year as Cape coach.

Two goals by Morgan Lamey and one by Alexandra Mash gave Charter (15-3) the 3-0 lead with 16:12 left in the first half. Cape quickly tied it, before two more Charter goals put the Force back up 5-3.

“That was wonderful,” Charter coach Cindy DePrisco said. “We had a great start to this game. The girls were pumped and really excited go play. I think that they gave everything they had in the first half. Maybe we fell apart a little bit on defense, but we played hard. I’m happy for our kids … I didn’t think Cape came out as strong, but they came out the way they normally do in the second half. They’re a great team.”

That meant trouble for Charter, which was outscored 10-1 in the second half. Allie Yeager scored four goals to lead Cape. Alexa Woodruff had three and Judge, Jordan Brown and Sarah Tappan had two each.



DIAA Quarterfinal

Charter of Wilmington 7, Indian River 2

DIAA Semifinal

Laurel 3, Delmar 2


DIAA Div. I Quarterfinal

Padua 4, Newark 0


DIAA Semifinals

Cape Henlopen 8,

St. Mark’s 6

Salesianum 14,

Caesar Rodney 4


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