Vikings rip CR 17-3 for Henlopen North boys lacrosse title

Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

LEWES — Cape Henlopen High checked off its first team goal of the season in front of its home crowd Wednesday night.

With a decisive 17-3 win over Caesar Rodney High, the Vikings clinched the Henlopen Conference Northern Division boys’ lacrosse title for the second consecutive season.

The Vikings (11-2) finished with a perfect 6-0 division record, defeating opponents by a combined 114-14.

“It feels good because in a game like this, against rivals, the records kind of go out the window,” said junior goalie Baxter Travers.
“It doesn’t matter what their record is, it doesn’t matter what our record is, we just go out there and play as hard as we can in a game like this.”

The Vikings will face Henlopen South champion Milford High in the conference title game for the second year in a row. The Vikings won last season’s showdown, 23-2.

“Caesar Rodney is always a solid team, so you would be foolish to underestimate them in any way,” said Cape coach Mark D’Ambrogi. “They’re always good, they’ve got a new coaching staff that’s played a lot of lacrosse, so I know they know what they’re talking about. We just had to be prepared.”

Eight Vikings scored goals Wednesday night, with Jack Dennis registering a game-high four goals and one assist.

Freshman Hank D’Ambrogi and sophomore Gabe Best each recorded hat tricks. Seniors Greg Boyce and Adem Tekmen scored a pair of goals,
with freshman Mike Frederick, sophomore Blake Gipko and junior Finbar Rishko each contributing one goal.

“It feels good,” said Dennis. “We really needed that coming into our last couple of games. We weren’t selfish, so that helped us out a lot, and we didn’t let off. We just kept our foot on the pedal.”

Sophomores Brian Page and Ryan Carey and junior Sean Wooleyhand recorded the three goals for the Riders (9-4), who finished 5-1 in the North.

Senior Zach Davis assisted on two of those CR goals.

Travers had a strong performance in front of the net for the Vikings, as did the defense in front of him.

Travers made five saves, while teammate Sean Griffith registered three saves.

“I was seeing the ball good, the defense was playing good,” Travers said. “Everything kind of clicked on defense, that’s all we needed to have there.”

“Defensively we’ve gotten better as the season has gone on,” said D’Ambrogi. “Matt Prestipino, Broderick McMahon and Ben Weathersby are all seniors, they’ve played a lot of lacrosse, and they’re doing a good job.

“Jaden Davis and Will Bragg do a good job winning ground balls, they’re kind of unsung guys. They play a lot defensive midfield and they do an excellent job.”

Cape netted seven goals through the first 12 minutes, five unassisted. Dennis and D’Ambrogi each scored a pair in the first quarter to put the Vikings ahead 7-1 early.

The Vikings led 10-2 at halftime and put up four more goals in the first 6:45 of the second half to set up a running clock.

Rishko’s lone goal at the 9:45 mark of the fourth quarter capped the Vikings’ seventh game of 17 or more goals and the team’s second consecutive 17-3 win.

“We have to enjoy this for the night and then get on to the next one,” said Travers.

“We have stuff to work on, we didn’t play perfect,” said D’Ambrogi. “We’re just going to keep working hard, that’s all there is to it.”

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