Cape Gazette

Johnny and Ronnie march into Legends Stadium coaching Dover lacrosse

Cape wins 9-5 but game is a dogfight
By Dave Frederick | Apr 19, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape junior attackman Luke Benson dodges around the crease on a Dover defender in the Vikings' win over the Senators.

Johnny and Ronnie came marching into Legends Stadium April 17, leading the Dover Senators lacrosse team into battle against favored Cape Henlopen.

Cape usually tortures the Senators, treating them to a double-digit loss as they have each of the last three years.  In fact, Dover has never beaten Cape in lacrosse.

But coaches Coveleski and Allen, with more than 60 combined coached seasons on their records and another 60 on the Rehoboth Beach Patrol always bring the dogs to the junkyard for off-the-chain, teeth-bared managed mayhem.

The game was 5-3 in favor of Cape entering the fourth quarter and ended in a 9-5 Cape victory with each team putting 30 shots on goal. Neither coaching staff seemed pleased with the outcome, with Coveleski telling his team, “I am proud with how hard you played tonight, but we left one out there. A defensive lapse here and there and missing too many close-in shots cost us, but you played hard.”

Cape’s Tony Iammatteo was active and quick in goal, making 11 saves, while Dover’s MacKenzie Ware, just a sophomore and a big old rascal, had 7 saves.

Cape’s Little Big Man, Blake Mann, bounced around like a pinball the entire game, scored 3 for the Vikings including one in the third quarter while lying on the turf.

Todd Keen and Michael Hopkins each scored two goals, while Luke Benson and Justin Lopez each scored one.

Benson had 3 assists for a 4-point game - Todd Keen and Kyle Orton - also had an assist.

Dover was paced in goals by Ryan McQuaide 2, Asani Edmunds, Nate Valenti and Jordan Robinson.

Dover dropped to 6-3 on the season and next plays at Delmar April 22. The Senators had six games remaining, all in the winnable category, which would make them 12-3 and a tournament team and a potential nightmare waiting for someone to go to sleep on them.

Cape improved to 6-2 and will host Salesianum Saturday, April 20, with the junior varsity beginning at 4 p.m. and varsity at 5:30.

Notes: The Saturday game versus Sallies is a Brian Tappan fundraiser with silent auction, lots of donated baked goods and No. 33 T-shirts for sale.


Cape attacker Blake Mann passes to the crease for teammate Luke Benson. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape middie Todd Keen gets the first goal of the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape attackman Michael Hopkins makes a cut toward the goal in the Vikings' win over the Senators. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Todd Keen gets whacked by a Dover defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape faceoff specialist Hunter Daley wins a draw with a Dover FOGO. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Connor Brown dodges past a Dover defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape middie Connor Brown is knocked down in the crease but still manages a shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape attackman Blake Mann backs in on a Dover defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Luke Benson takes a shot on the Dover goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Blake Mann controls the ball despite a check from a Dover long pole. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape middie Justin Lopez brings the ball into the Vikings' offensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Luke Benson passes to Todd Keen. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Luke Benson takes a shot on the Dover goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Kyle Orton passes to a teammate. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defenseman Thomas Ott clears the ball from the Vikings' offensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Tony Iammatteo gets prepared to make a save. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Blake Mann scores a first-half goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Dover D-Pole goes coast to coast to score a goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Blake Mann is knocked to the ground then shoots off the carpet and scores. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jordon Robinson scores Dover's final goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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