Cape Henlopen stays perfect with 15-3 win over Polytech

Polytech’s Avery Rowles (19) and goalie Carleigh Knotts play strong defense in front of the net. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

LEWES — The Cape Henlopen High girls’ lacrosse team moved one win closer to doing something it hasn’t done since 2012.

A 15-3 win over Henlopen North opponent Polytech High Friday night moved the Vikings to 12-0 on the season.

Coach Lindsey Underwood’s Vikings squad, winner of the last 10 girls’ lacrosse state titles, is three wins away from posting its first undefeated regular season since that 2012 title run.

A win over Caesar Rodney High next Wednesday would clinch the Henlopen Conference, which is the first of many team goals the girls set for themselves this season.

“We knew that Polytech is super athletic, we knew their goalie was going to be good and that they’re well-coached, so we came out ready for whatever they were going to throw at us,” said Underwood.

Senior attack Chloe Schaeffer turns the corner around a defender and looks for an opening in front of the goal. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

Sophomore Emily Monigle netted the game’s first goal just 1:12 into the game on her way to a game-high four goals and one assist. It’s the midfielder’s second game in a row leading the Vikings in scoring.

“Today I think we passed really well, we had a lot of good ball movement,” Monigle explained. “In the first half we were a little bit frantic, but in the second half I think we pulled it together and moved the ball around really well.”

Cape junior Lola Messick scoops up a ground ball behind the net. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

Seven different Cape girls scored at least one goal, with junior midfielder Meredith Lockwood and senior attack Chloe Schaeffer each registering three-goal performances.

Freshman midfielder Ella Rishko netted a pair of goals while junior Sawyer Walker and freshmen Tarrah Welch and Kelly Bragg contributed one each.

Rishko, Lockwood and sophomore Haley Craig each finished with a pair of assists. Schaeffer and junior Lola Messick had one each.

“Each year we kind of design our offense around what we have, and this year we have so many kids who can pass and catch and take good shots,” Underwood explained. “So, our offense is designed for anyone on any given day and the girls know that, so they have complete faith in each other.”

Cape junior Sawyer Walker passes the ball to a teammate on the run. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

“We try to not be selfish because we don’t want just two people scoring all of our goals,” said Monigle. “Overall as a team we’re all really good and skilled, so we can all score.”

Polytech senior Mackenzie Estrada scored a pair of goals for the Panthers (9-3) while sophomore Claire Fuchs netted one. Junior Jazmine Winfield added one assist.

After taking an 8-1 lead into the halftime break, the Cape girls came out of the second half more aggressive around the net and quickly built up a double-digit lead.

Within the first two minutes of the half, Lockwood, Rishko and Schaeffer scored a trio of unanswered goals over the span of just 27 seconds to set the Vikings up with a second half running clock.

“In the second half we wanted to come out a little stronger than in the first half, because in the first half I felt like we were holding back a little bit,” Monigle said.

Cape hasn’t lost a game against an in-state opponent since dropping a pair of games to St. Andrew’s School during the 2009 season. The remaining three games of the season for the Vikings are against in-state opponents.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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