Cape Gazette

Cape girls' lacrosse follows tepid play with Crazy Hat Day

Five-time state champions are a moving target
By Dave Frederick | Mar 14, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior Kat Judge dodges around a Stephen Decatur defender and goes to goal in the scrimmage with the Seahawks.

The first full outside scrimmage of the 2014 lacrosse season for the five-time defending state champion Cape girls' lacrosse team came back with mixed reviews, mostly tepid to lukewarm wet.

"We didn’t play very well, but at least we got in two full scrimmages and don’t forget to dress warmly on Thursday, which is Crazy Hat Day," said coach P.J. Kesmodel by email Wednesday night following the scrimmage.

The Vikings are not a team to lick their wounds after battle and are looking forward to a Delmar/Metro Lax play day Saturday, March 15, featuring eight teams with fat resumés; Cape is the lowest-ranked team in the field.

Cape, 17-1 in 2013,  will scrimmage Marriotts Ridge, 18-1,  at 9 a.m in Champions Stadium;  Good Counsel, 17-3, at noon in Legends Stadium; and Georgetown Visitation, 17-2,  at 2 p.m in Legends Stadium.

The other four teams are Moorestown, N.J.;  Queen Anne’s County; Broadneck; and McDonogh.

All games will start on the hour and be two 20-minute halves with running clock with a 5-minute break between.

In the March 12 scrimmages, Cape played its best lacrosse in the first half against a talented team from Stephen Decatur then went into mix-and-match mode for the rest of the afternoon. No scores were posted, and no results counted; in scrimmage play it's inaccurate to record who beat whom as coaches look at possible combinations on the field.

“Sam [Broadhurst] was the story in the first half against Decatur making a slew of big saves,” Kesmodel said. “If she plays like that during the season, we will be tough to beat. This team on the defensive end may be the quickest and most athletic we’ve ever had, starting with Taylor Gooch, Amanda Smith and Maggie Delp.”

Cape played Parkside in the second scrimmage, came out flat, got lit up and never got all the way back into harmony.

“I want the entire roster to get a chance to show what they can do in the scrimmages, because once the regular season begins, playing time will be based on performance," Kesmodel said.

Cape will open the season March 22 at Holy Cross High School of Maryland.

Sophomore Lizzie Frederick dodges around Stephen Decatur's Ally Beck and goes to the crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman Caliey Thornburg wins a draw and starts a fast break. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Allie Yeager scoops up a ground ball and speeds to the offensive arc. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Tess Bernheimer avoids a Seahawks check and speeds up field. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach P.J. Kesmodel speaks with starting goalie Sam Broadhurst after her first half in goal against the Seahawks. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior defensive player Amanda Smith carries the ball from the Vikings' defensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape draw specialist Karalyn Joseph wins a draw. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Allie Yeager gets a face full of her own hair during a face dodge. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kat Judge gets major air for a pass to the crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sarah Tappan spins and dodges to the crease. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lizzie Frederick goes to the goal in the scrimmage with Stephen Decatur. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jordan Brown shoots and scores in the scrimmage with Stephen Decatur. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Maggie Delp speeds a clear out of the Parkside offensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape freshman Cailey Thornburg, right, plays close defense on a Parkside forward. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Izzie Cryne prepares to make a save in the scrimmage with Parkside. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager speeds up field in the scrimmage with Parkside. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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