Local roundup: 10-time champ Cape top seed in girls lacrosse tournament

Three downstate schools made the 12-team field for the DIAA girls’ lacrosse state tournament that was announced on Monday.

The tourney starts on Thursday with four games. The top four seeds receive first-round byes

Cape Henlopen (15-0), which has won the last 10 state crowns, is the top seed. The Vikings will host a second-round game on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Newark Charter-Tatnall contest.

Polytech (10-5) is seeded seventh and hosts No. 10 Wilmington Charter (8-7) on Thursday at 7 p.m. with No. 12 Smyrna (7-8) playing at fifth-seeded St. Andrews (10-5) at 4 p.m.

GIRLS, Polytech 15, Appoquinimink 13: The Panthers edged the Jaguars to clinch a spot in the state tournament.

Smyrna 11, Caravel 10: The Eagles got past the Buccaneers to earn their tourney berth.

Padua 21, Sussex Tech 9: The Pandas out-scored the Ravens, 12-2, in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Morgan Johnson scored four goals for Sussex Tech while Nataleigh Hunter had three. Breonda Wright made three saves.

BOYS, Lake Forest 10, Indian River 9: Dylan Auen scored four goals as the Spartans topped IR in a Henlopen South matchup.

Kade Collins had three goals and a pair of assists with Zyaire Elliott added two goals and an assist. Caleb Secrist made nine saves while Kaidan Fullerton earned the 500th faceoff win of his career.

Polytech 15, St. Elizabeth 5: Connor Fuchs (1 assist) and Samuel Slater netted three goals apiece to pace the Panthers to the season-ending win.

Joshua Blandino and Christopher McCalister each had two goals and an assist for Polytech, which out-scored the Vikings, 7-1, in the second half.

Milford 17, Sussex Tech 8: The Buccaneers built a 14-2 halftime advantage en route to the win.

Girls’ soccer

Polytech 5, Sussex Central 0: Sara Fox tallied two goals and an assist as the Panthers (10-4) ran their winning streak to five in a row.

Paxton McGinnity (1 assist), Emma Moorman (1 assist) and Jenna McDuff also scored goals for Polytech, which out-shot Central, 12-1 in the Henlopen North victory.

Appoquinimink 2, Smyrna 1: Kelly Barr netted the Eagles’ goal in their non-conference loss.

Indian River 4, Milford 0: Isabella Binko scored the Indians’ first three goals in their victory.

IR finished with advantages of 18-3 in shots and 8-1 in corner kicks.

Baseball

Ravens forfeit win: Sussex Tech has forfeited last Wednesday’s Henlopen Conference baseball win over Cape Henlopen after having a player throw too many pitches.

By rule, high school players can throw only 205 pitches in a seven-day period. The player in question threw 218 pitches in a span of six days. The Ravens beat Cape, 3-2, in nine innings.

The forfeit shouldn’t have any effect on the Henlopen Conference title race.

In the Henlopen Northern Division, Dover is 11-1 in conference, 14-1 overall while Sussex Tech is now 10-1, 13-2. The Ravens, who still have a conference game against Caesar Rodney next Saturday, host the Senators today at 4:15 p.m.

Cape is in third place in the North at 9-3, 11-5.

College baseball

DSU to face Rattlers in opener: Delaware State will take on Florida A&M in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference baseball tournament on Wednesday at noon in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Hornets are the tournament’s No. 3 North seed, while the Rattlers are seeded second in the MEAC South.

This will be the third time in three seasons that Delaware State and Florida A&M will square off in the MEAC Tournament. The teams met twice in the 2017 tourney in Salisbury, Md.

That season, the Rattlers defeated the Hornets 12-2 in the opening round, but DSU bounced back to defeat Florida A&M 7-4 in an elimination contest.

The winner of the Delaware State/Florida A&M first-round contest will play No. 1 North seed Norfolk State on Thursday at 3 p.m.

The Hornets won their last four games, including a 9-7 victory over Richmond on May 7, to finish the regular season with an 18-23 overall record. DSU had a 12-12 mark in the MEAC North.

Garrett Lawson (Dover), a three-time 2019 MEAC Pitcher of the Week, is expected to start the tournament opener for the Hornets. Lawson is 7-3 with a MEAC-best 1.85 ERA this season. He also leads the league with a .196 opponent batting average and is tied for the conference high with 97 strikeouts.

At the plate, DSU designated hitter Miguel Rivera (Polytech) is third in the MEAC with a .370 average, third in the league in on-base percentage (.447) and fifth in slugging percentage (.504). Hornet third baseman Jared Gillis (Smyrna) is batting .305 and is sixth in the MEAC with 35 RBI and tied for seventh in the conference with 12 doubles.

DSU second baseman John Weglarz is hitting .319 and is tops on the team with 53 hits.

The Hornets are 57-67 all-time in the MEAC Tournament. DSU won its lone tournament championship in 1989, and also made final round appearances in 1988, ’91, ’93, 2004 and 2012.

College lacrosse

Hens’ DeLuca named All-American: Delaware junior goalie Matt DeLuca was recognized by Inside Lacrosse on its All-American squads.

The accolade is the first All-American honor earned by a Blue Hen since 2011. He is the 34th player in program history to earn All-American status.

DeLuca racked up 204 saves, the eighth-most in a single-season by a Blue Hen. He ranked in the top-10 in the country in saves per game (13.6). It’s the highest average by a Blue Hen since Chris Burdick in 1991 (15.8).

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