A decade of dominance: Cape Henlopen defeats St. Mark’s 15-5 for 10th straight girls state lacrosse title

Cape Henlopen players celebrate Tuesday’s 15-5 victory over St. Mark’s in the girls state lacrosse championship game at DE Turf. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

FREDERICA — As the Cape Henlopen High girls’ lacrosse team posed for pictures, the Vikings lifted both hands up.

Ten fingers for ten championships.

The Vikings’ Meredith Lockwood celebrates her goal in the first half.

Cape Henlopen won its 10th DIAA state championship in a row, defeating St. Mark’s 15-5 in the final Tuesday night at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica.

“It honestly is great,” said junior goalie Vienna Iacona. “People think it is just handed to us sometimes. But we work really hard for it and it’s great to be part of Cape lacrosse. We definitely feed off it, the more we keep going, the more we want it.”

Senior Lindsay Monigle paced the Vikings with a game-high four goals and one assist. Seniors Mallory Jones and Catherine Frederick each netted a pair of goals.

“It’s a great feeling every time to win,” Monigle said. “The seniors this year, we’re 10 best friends. We’ve been playing with each other since were at least five-years-old. Just to win one all together and go out with a win is the best.”

The senior class wrapped up its career not only with four state titles, but with an unbeaten record against Delaware competition. Cape’s last loss against a Delaware opponent came on May 2, 2009 against St. Andrew’s.

Cape’s Catherine Frederick scores against St. Mark’s in the second half.

“It’s been an amazing ride with these girls,” Jones said. “It never gets old, it’s always a thrill.”

“What surprises people is that we don’t talk about it,” said second-year Cape coach Lindsay Eichner. “You’re only good as your last loss.”

The Vikings needed only 1:50 to take their first lead of the game off a goal by Meredith Lockwood.

Iacona made three saves on free position shots to keep the Spartans off the board in the first half. That allowed Cape Henlopen to have an 8-0 lead at the break.

Sawyer Walker and Kaylie Truitt added goals in the first half. Anna Stancofski, Emily Monigle and Alia Marshall each scored an insurance goal in the second half.

The Vikings’ Lola Messick puts pressure on St. Mark’s goalie Jacqueline Stofa.

The Spartans got on the board for the first time 10 seconds into the second half on Kendra Schweizer’s goal. Schweizer scored again to bring St. Mark’s within 8-2 with 23:30 left.

That was as close as the game got in the second half. Frederick responded with a goal before Monigle scored two of her four goals in a three-minute span and Stancofski added another for a 4-0 Cape run.

That made it 12-2 and a running clock with 16:04 remaining.

Eichner credited her 10 seniors for their year-round commitment to the sport. The Vikings finished 17-1 overall this season, with the lone loss coming to South River High of Maryland.

“We got girls playing tonight and on Saturday a bunch of them are playing club at the University of Maryland,” Eichner said. “The sticks are always in their hands. They work hard.”

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