Cape Henlopen deals Smyrna first loss of season in boys lacrosse

LEWES – It took nearly six minutes to put the first goal on the scoreboard, but once the ball hit the back of the net halfway through the first quarter the goals just kept coming for Cape Henlopen High Wednesday night.

Cape rolled to an 18-1 boys’ lacrosse win over Henlopen North opponent Smyrna High, capturing the team’s eighth consecutive win since dropping its first game of the season.

The loss marks the first of the season for the Eagles (7-1).

“They’re a young program, they’re having a great season and I felt our guys really had to be ready,” Cape coach Mark D’Ambrogi said of Smyrna. “I think right now our kids are working hard, trusting each other and continuing to get better.”

Cape edged Smyrna 46-8 in shots and 25-11 in ground balls.

Eight different players scored for Cape (8-1), led by senior Greg Boyce’s game-high five goals. He also added one assist.

“It was a great win for everybody,” said Boyce. “Guys were just moving off the ball – all of my goals I believe were assisted – and it was just a team effort. I think everybody just played their part, did what they were supposed to do and finished their shots.”

Freshman Hank D’Ambrogi put up a career-high four goals, receiving assists on three of those goals from his brother Luke D’Ambrogi. The senior Luke finished with two goals and six assists.

“It’s so great,” Hank said of receiving the assists from his brother. “I had never played with him before this year and I got to walk out here this season for his final year and my first, and he kind of welcomed me into the program. It’s really nice to see it all coming together.”

Mike Frederick and Jack Dennis each scored a pair of goals, while Blake Gipko, Gabe Best and Finbar Rishko each scored one to round out the scoring.

“It all kind of came together and it shows how dynamic we are as a team. We had a lot of guys scoring a lot of different goals,” said Hank D’Ambrogi.

Senior Cullen Porter broke up the shutout bid with an Eagles goal at the 9:38 mark of the fourth quarter.

Senior goalkeeper Matt Miller made 15 saves for the Eagles, while Cape’s Baxter Travers and Sean Griffith combined for three saves.

Cape’s Northern Division win over Smyrna came just five days after a historic 18-12 victory over defending state champion Salesianum, a program that has won the last four state titles and seven out of the last eight.

It marked the first in-state loss for Sallies since falling to the Vikings, 9-7, in the 2014 state title game.

But the recent past is already in the past for this Cape program.

“For us, it’s kind of important to just keep moving on, keep everything going,” Boyce said. “We don’t want to look back. It was great, I’m ecstatic to have performed that way, but we just have to keep it going.”

“We’re really taking the momentum and just running with it, trying to keep it going,” Hank D’Ambrogi added. “You can’t look back on that stuff, it’s in the past, so you have to just keep moving forward.”

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