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No Easy Street as Cape beats Worcester 9-6 in girls' lacrosse

Close defense slows down high-powered offense
By Dave Frederick | May 01, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape's Kat Judge battles through a Worcester double team and scores in the Vikings' win over the Mallards.

The Cape lacrosse girls entered the game versus Worcester Prep at Champions Stadium April 30 under a dreary low ceiling, what local sportsmen call “ducking weather.” All the Cape players wore headbands of camouflage for the game, rocking the theme Hunting for Mallards.

The Vikings 9-0 were entering a six-game stretch to close out the regular season where opponents have a combined record of 54-5-1. “It’s a great way to get ready for the state playoffs,” coach P.J. Kesmodel told the team at a Saturday practice. “Worcester is really fast with lots of skilled players and good goaltending. That game will be a challenge for us.”

Worcester, 10-1, came into Lewes riding a 10-game winning streak averaging 18 goals a game including an impressive 21-10 win over Tower Hill earlier in the season.

Cape, with 11 athletes who also play field hockey, met the challenge, scoring first and never trailing and eventually winning 9-6 behind the stellar defense of goalie Sam Broadhurst with 8 saves and the clearing of Taylor Gooch and Maggie Delp.

Cape’s leading scorer, Anna Frederick, took her whacks inside the 8-meter line and scored three goals including Cape’s first and last of the game, while her frontline running mate from field hockey, Allie Yeager, also scored three in addition to having a goal waved off.

Sara Young, all over the field, scored two goals had another waved off and received a yellow card when she launched one shot so hard it dropped a Mallards defender to the turf. Kat Judge, another yellow card-carrying midfielder, scored Cape’s other goal while playing a typical “Kat Country” game in the midfield.

The Mallards got behind early, trailing 4-1, and seconds after the Yeager goal was disallowed scored to close the gap to 4-2. The halftime scored was 6-4, but Young and Yeager scored early in the second half for an 8-4 cushion as Cape went into a "nowhere in a hurry fast” spread offense and secured a hard-earned victory.

Worcester goal scorers were Allie Greer and Meredith Smith with 2 and Lilly Dinardo and Meg Lingo each scoring 1.

Cape, 10-0, is set to play at 9-1 Charter at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2,  before playing at unbeaten Queen Anne's County at 5:30, Saturday, May 4.

Worcester Prep, now 10-2, will host unbeaten Sussex Tech at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 2.

 

Cape senior attack Anna Frederick shoots and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Allie Yeager shoots and scores, but the goal is taken away by the officials. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Alexa Woodruff dodges around a Mallards defender and goes to the goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Allie Yeager splits the defense and goes to the goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Sara Young goes to the Worcester goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape freshman Jordan Brown dodges around the Mallards' goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Anna Frederick shoots and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Sam Broadhurst stops a Worcester shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sara Young battles for position. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Karalyn Joseph scoops up a ground ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Anna Frederick scores the first goal of the game on a free position shot. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Meg Lingo with coach Uncle Bill watching from the Cape sidelines scores the Mallards' first goal of the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Maggie Delp comes up with the first draw of the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Karalyn Joseph of Cape and Meg Lingo race up the field off the draw circle. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Kat Judge checks fleet-footed Lilly DiNardo. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
A Worcester player is dropped by a hard shot. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Anna Frederick is rocked on her way to the goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Players congratulate goalkeeper Sam Broadhurst after the victory over Worcester. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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