Vikings earn spot in semifinals with 21-2 girls lacrosse win over Tatnall

LEWES — Even after a decade’s worth of consecutive state title wins, the Cape Henlopen High girls’ lacrosse team still gets nervous heading into a tournament game.

Cape’s Chloe Schaeffer attempts a behind-the-back shot. She scored a game-high six goals. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

“I feel like maybe some teams think we’re used to it, but we’re not,” said senior attack Chloe Schaeffer. “We still get jitters, like anybody else, it’s still super exciting. We’re lucky to be here.”

After a first-round bye, the top-seeded Cape girls opened tournament play by cruising to a 21-2 win over No. 9 Tatnall School in Saturday night’s DIAA quarterfinal round.

“The mindset [for tournament games] is that you’re playing for another day,” said Cape coach Lindsey Underwood. “We play for each other and we go hard, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Schaeffer led the offensive attack for the Vikings (16-0), netting a game-high six goals. Senior Alia Marshall added four and freshman Ella Rishko contributed three goals and one assist.

“We just get really excited during tournament time because it hits us that anyone could beat us and we just have to play our own game,” Schaeffer said. “So I think we really came out here trying to play together and show the whole state what we’re capable of.”

Junior Meredith Lockwood takes off down the field against a Tatnall defender.

Cape will face fourth-seeded Ursuline Academy in Tuesday night’s semifinal showdown for a chance to advance to another state title game.

The Vikings faced Ursuline in the last game of the regular season May 10, defeating them 16-9 to cap the team’s first undefeated regular season since 2012.

The two teams also met in the 2017 semifinals, with Cape pulling away for a 10-5 win.

The 21 goals, which were scored by eight different players, fall just one shy of the Vikings’ season-high mark.

“Everyone knows that on any given day it’s their day, so we say, ‘use your team, play for your team.’ We also have a lot of assists, so it’s comforting to know that if you want to guard one person, someone else will just go off on that day,” said Underwood.

Juniors Meredith Lockwood, Sawyer Walker and Lola Messick each had a pair of goals, with one each from freshman Kelly Bragg and senior Jackie Cannon. Messick also had a trio of assists.

Freshman Tarrah Welch tries to corral a loose ball.

“I think we did really well, we definitely finished off of our goals,” said Schaeffer. “We had a really high shooting percentage, so that’s always good, and we worked really well together.”

Freshmen Katrina Cattermole and Teryn Singer contributed the two goals for the Hornets (10-7).

Within the first six minutes of the game, Schaeffer had already recorded a hat trick and the Vikings jumped ahead 10-0 to set up a running clock with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

Trailing 12-0, Tatnall finally put the ball in the back of the net for the first time with a goal at the 7:43 mark of the first half.
Cape led 15-1 at halftime and piled on six more goals in the second half to cap the scoring.

“I think it’ll be a good game [against Ursuline],” said Underwood. “We’ll just need to be firing on all cylinders for it.

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