Cape Gazette

Beware of Bad Hair Day! Cape lax upsets Salesianum 9-7

Vikings complete boys' and girls' lacrosse state championship double
By Dave Frederick | Jun 01, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook The Cape Henlopen boys' lacrosse team celebrates the 2014 DIAA state championship after their 9-7 win over number one-ranked Sallies.

Beware of Bad Hair Day when Cape lacrosse heads into a state championship game. The Vikings were Mohawk-hyped entering the May 31 state Championship game versus Salesianum at Caravel's Bob Peebles Stadium connected by a contagious confidence and belief in the game plan and determined to complete the mission of the season and become state champions.

“We’ve all known each other since we were kids, and this is what we dreamed about. We weren’t about to leave anything on the field,” said Blake Mann, who scored five goals in Cape’s 9-7 surprisingly surgical win over heavily favored Salesianum, winners of the previous three state championships.

Cape was dialed in early and showed no signs of fading with the game tied after the first quarter at 3-3 and leading 5-4 at the half.

“Grant [Gillan] was having trouble seeing the ball through the sun glaring off the bleachers, but in the second half he was lights out and just kept getting better," said his goalie coach, Geoff Shupard. "We’ve seen Grant get in that zone, and when we went up by two goals with eight minutes to play, I felt pretty good.”

Cape entered the fourth period tied at 7-7 in the back-and-forth game, then two goals by – one off a nifty assist by Michael Hopkins – gave Cape a 9-7 lead with 8:30 left to play and it held up, thanks to Gillan's 12 saves and the close defense of Juan Saez, Aaron Mattinoni, Thomas Ott, A.J. Marshall and Austin MacCoy

Mann's five led the Viking scoring. Todd Keen with two, Kyle Orton and Michael Hopkins with one each rounded out the scoring for Cape.

“I am so proud of our team and the girls' team for both winning state titles with kids from Milton, Rehoboth, Lewes and Dewey,” coach Jack Lingo said after the game. “I can’t understand why any kid wouldn’t want to go to Cape."

Cape Superintendent Bob Fulton was on the field afterward enjoying the celebration and said, "This is great for our kids – the boys pulling off the upset and the girls winning the title Wednesday night. I can't imagine how good they must feel, and we all are so proud of them."

Cape attack Blake Mann celebrates one of his five scores in the 9-7 win over Sallies. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior midfielder Todd Keen scores the first goal of the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior attack Luke Benson dodges around the Sallies' goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior middie Kyle Orton cranks the rock and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior defender Austin MacCoy clears the ball from the Viking defensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior defender Aaron Mattioni makes a successful clear. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior goalie Grant Gillan holds the pipe during a Sallies' offensive play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jeb Monigle takes on a Sallies' defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Michael Hopkins,r, is congratulated on his goal by Todd Keen,top, and Jeb Monigle. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape midfielder Kyle Orton looks to dodge around Sallies' middie Andrew Witherell. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Aaron Mattioni takes one for the team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Todd Keen celebrates one of his goals with teammate Matthew Lally. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Blake Mann was "the man" scoring five goals on the night. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Luke Benson,r, and Michael Hopkins worked together to confuse the Sallies defense throughout the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kyle Orton celebrates his goal with teammate Sean Lally. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Garrett Becker clears the ball for the Vikings. The Cape defense made great clears throughout the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Aaron Mattioni shakes the ride attempt by Sallies' Samuel Fink. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender A.J. Marshall marks up on a Sallies' middie Michael Drake. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's defense controlled the high power Sallies scorers all game. Aaron Mattioni slows a Sallies' middie Michael Sanzone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Come and get it! Cape defender Austin MacCoy awaits the charge of Sallies' middie Michael Drake. The Viking defense only allowed seven goals by the number one ranked team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's brain trust, head coach Jack Lingo and assistant Mark D'Ambrogi, talks things over during a time out. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Aaron Mattioni gets fouled, but still manages to get the ground ball and make the clear. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape midfielder Todd Keen dodges past Sallies' long pole middie Spenser Urban. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Todd Keen cranks the rock. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Michael Hopkins let's it out after scoring a goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Defensive middie Christian Prestipino breaks through a Sallies' ride attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Grant Gillan looks to clear the ball after one of his 12 saves in the contest. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior middie Justin Lopez rides the Sallies' goalie Ryan Kern. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Thomas Ott blows past a Sallies' defense and takes a shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Todd Keen battles for a loose ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Middie Justin Lopez breaks through the Sallies' defense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Middie Hunter Dailey moves the ball to the crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jeb Monigle moves the ball around the Sallies' crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Michael Hopkins moves the ball past Sallies' defender Kyle McCarthy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape crowd loves the effort by the Viking's lacrosse team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Juaz Saez says "nothing's gonna get to you while I'm here" Grant. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team celebrates their victory over previously number one ranked Sallies. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Charlie Burton says, "he ain't heavy, he's my brother" as he carries injured middie Matt Kane to the trophy celebration. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
There are no words to describe the joy of lifting the DIAA State Championship trophy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Thomas Ott lifts the DIAA trophy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Two warriors, Todd Keen and Grant Gillan, left it all on the turf. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sweet emotions! (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape Class of 2014 shows what it means to be a state champion. Shown are (l-r) Garrett Becker, Craig Fanto, Christian Prestipino, Austin MacCoy,William Clampitt, Hunter Dailey, Charlie Burton, Blake Mann, Matt Kane, Aaron Mattioni, Todd Keen, Steve Collins (hidden), Juan Saez, Luke Benson, Cory Kreis and (kneeling l-r) Thomas Ott, Grant Gillan, Justin Lopez and James Katurakes. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Blake Mann lets you know who the number one team is as he scored five goal to lead the Vikings past Sallies. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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