Cape Gazette

Cape lacrosse girls beat Tower Hill 12-10 for state title

Agonizing uncertainty till the final horn
By Dave Frederick | May 24, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook The Cape Henlopen girls' lacrosse team celebrates their fifth straight DIAA state championship with a 12-10 win over Tower Hill.

The agony of victory and a fifth straight state championship fell to a mentally exhausted Cape Henlopen girls' lacrosse team May 23 at Dover, beating Tower Hill 12-10 for their 63rd straight win over a Delaware opponent going back to the 2009 season.

The head coach known as the Zen Master, P.J. Kesmodel, rocked a favorite expression after the game, "It was an ugly win, but it was a win.”

But not just a win, a state championship win, as players from previous teams found the field after the game to join the celebration. The pressure on Cape to keep it going seemed to exhaust the players.

“It all would have meant nothing if we had lost this game,” senior Anna Frederick said after the game. “Our mission was to win it and we did; that’s all that matters."

The Hillers versus Cape real time, one-time, winner-take-all collision was set up at the end of the 2012 season, when Kesmodel looked over the talent in the state and said, “It’s Tower Hill. If we get to the finals, they are the team with the most talent who has the best chance of beating us.”

And the game played out weirdly in the first half, with Tower holding a 6-4 lead, but goals by Karalyn Joseph and Anna Frederick leveled the Vikings at 6 at intermission.

“We should be OK,” Kesmodel calmly told his team. "You just need to be patient and make better decisions.”

Cape’s diversified array of offensive weapons snapped early in the second half on unanswered goals by Sara Young, Kat Judge, Allie Yeager, Joseph and Young again to lead 11-6.  That made it five straight Cape goals and a five-goal cushion with 12 minutes remaining.

Cape went to “spread yellow” to pull out the defense, run the clock and only go to goal for a layup.

“That is the worst spread offense we’ve run with a lead in the last five years,” Kesmodel said. “Players were taking bad shots, forcing passes and turning the ball over. And every mistake we made, Tower Hill made us pay. A credit to them in many ways. They played better than we did; they had a great game plan and their kids executed it. “

Jenna Chodos, Kiva Walsh and Sophie McCoy scored for the Hillers, and with four minutes remaining it was on. Every pass and turnover became crucial to the outcome.

Tower Hill lost the ball twice with possession in the final minutes and “spread yellow” put another trophy on Fred Harvey’s yellow school bus.

“I was nervous that entire game and all day long," said Harvey, the lacrosse team's designated good-luck driver.

That is the pressure of defending a five-year streak. It rippled all the way to the man who drives the “spread yellow” bus.

Sara Young led Cape scorers with 3 goals followed by Anna Frederick, Allie Yeager and Karalyn Joseph each with 2, while Kat Judge, Jordan Brown and Lexi Woodruff scored single goals.

Riley Wagner and Lexi Woodruff each had an assist.

Tower Hill goals were by Jenna Chodos 4, Sophie McCoy 3 and single goals from Megan Cobb, Alex Dupont and Kiva Walsh.

Chodos, Cobb, Ellie Wakefield and Walsh each had an assist.


Cape senior Anna Frederick ducks under a Tower Hill defense and scores one of her 2 goals in the contest. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Anna Frederick, left, and No. 11 Sara Young congratulate Jordan Brown on her goal in the first half. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Karalyn Joseph speeds the ball upfield. Joseph scored twice in the Vikings' win. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager gets whacked in the head while dodging to the cage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Anna Frederick shoots and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach P.J. Kesmodel looks on during the first half of the Vikings' 12-10 victory over Tower Hill. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager is surrounded by a tough Tower Hill defense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Kat Judge dodges away from Tower Hill's Abigail Manning. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore midfielder Jordan Brown attacks the cage and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Karalyn Joseph prepares to draw with Tower Hill's Sophia McCoy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kat Judge shoots high into the Tower Hill cage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager splits two Tower Hill defenders. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Anna Frederick shoots and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jordan Brown puts one past Hillers goalie Simona Scotto D'Antuono. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Coach P.J. Kesmodel walks the sideline during the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Karalyn Joseph dodges past the tough defense of Tower Hill's Jaime Manlove. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Riley Wagner clears the ball and hits Anna Frederick with a perfect pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Anna Frederick celebrates a goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Sam Broadhurst clears after a save. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Riley Wagner wins possession of a loose ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kat Judge files into the pile. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
An Anna Frederick goal ties the game at 6. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Meghan Cobb of Tower Hill goes to the goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Allie Yeager is ruled in the crease. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Sophie McCoy and Karalyn Joseph battle on the draw control. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Sara Young cranks home a second-half goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Taylor Gooch and Sophie McCoy totaled for three yellow cards. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tower Hill pushes late first-half action. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Meghan Cobb is hurt but would quickly return to the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cape defender Taylor Gooch clears the ball from the Vikings' defensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager is trapped by a tough Tower Hill defense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sara Young shoots and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager shoots on goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Karalyn Joseph draws with Tower Hills' Sophia McCoy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Topping off her season in the cage was sophomore Sam Broadhurst. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tower Hill's captains receive their DIAA trophy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The equipment came off during the after-game ceremony. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Riley Wagner, left, and Amanda Smith share a post-championship hug. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Celebrating with the 2013 DIAA Championship trophy are (l-r) coach P.J Kesmodel, Sara Young, Lindsey Voss, Anna Frederick and Amanda Smith. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Celebrate good times, c'mon! (Photo by: Dan Cook)
They did it together. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The 2013 DIAA State Champion Vikings. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Seniors Anna Frederick, Sara Young and Briana Marsico pose with the 2013 DIAA State Championship Trophy. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior's are (standing l-r) Claire Carnevale, Lindsey Voss, Maggie Delp, Allie Yeager, Karalyn Joseph, Riley Wagner, Alyssa Mocci,and Karissa Lemaire and (kneeling l-r) Kat Judge and Amanda Smith. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore's are (l-r) Alexa Woodruff, Taylor Gooch, Jordan Brown, Sarah Tappan, Coryn Cannon and Samantha Broadhurst. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape freshmen are (l-r) Lauren Kelley, Cameron Wick, Alison Palmer, Lizzie Frederick and Tess Bernheimer. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Championship team pose with bus driver Fred Harvey. Harvey drove bus number five to transport the team to the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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