Lightning sparks Cape to 16-9 boys lacrosse semifinal win over Archmere

BEAR — Lightning forced the Cape Henlopen High boys’ lacrosse team off the field before the skies opened up and kept the Vikings in the locker room for another hour and a half.

Truthfully, Cape Henlopen didn’t mind the break.

The Vikings were only up a goal but then rallied for seven unanswered after the delay for a 16-9 victory over Archmere Academy on Wednesday night in the DIAA state tournament semifinals. Gabe Best led the way with a game-high four goals.

“A lot of us were a little upset with how we were playing so it was kind of a nice thing to have,” Best said of the weather delay. “It gave us a little wakeup call like, ‘Hey, these guys are still in the game, we need to shut the door as fast as we can.’ We came out and shut the door.”

The second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Caravel Academy between Salesianum and Caesar Rodney was postponed. It will be played tonight at 8 p.m., still at Caravel.

The winner will advance to play the top-seeded Vikings in the finals at a place and time to be determined.

“We’re antsy to play the next game, we’d play tomorrow if we could,” Best said. “I hope whoever wins that game is ready for us because we’re going to come at them with everything we got.”

Archmere scored the game’s first goal on Wednesday before Cape edged in front 4-2 with 10:17 left in the second quarter. That’s when the referees whistled the players off the field due to lightning in the area.

Both teams waited out the storm and returned to action after a one hour and 31-minute delay.

Archmere netted the first goal after the break but Cape Henlopen answered with three goals in the final 52 seconds of the second quarter. Andre Currie scored one just before the buzzer sounded to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead at halftime.

Coach Mark D’Ambrogi agreed the weather delay allowed the Vikings to regroup.

“It was interesting how it happened because I really didn’t think we were playing well,” he said. “We were careless with the ball and were making some mistakes but we still had a lead. It gave our kids a chance to take a break and get comfortable.”

The Vikings also scored the first four goals of the second half to go up 11-3.

“That’s the way we’ve been playing,” D’Ambrogi said. “Playing fast but under control and finding the open guy.”

The Vikings’ biggest lead of the game was 15-5 with 5:54 left in the contest.

James Heid contributed a hat-trick for Cape Henlopen and Luke D’Ambrogi added two goals. Jack Dennis, Currie, Adam Tekmen, Henry D’Ambrogi, Blake Gipko and Gregory Boyce also scored once.

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