Cape Henlopen girls lacrosse team captured their 13th straight state championship as they defeated Tatnall for the second straight year.
Last year the two schools faced off at Dover high school with Cape coming away victorious. This year had the same outcome, but the game was played in front of a large crowd at Delaware State University’s Alumni Stadium.
Cape jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Alexi Nowakowski scored the first goal for the Vikings on a great assist from Maren Buckaloo behind the net hitting the cutting Nowakowski in front of the net. Kelly Bragg then got a loose ball in front of the net and scooped it for a score.
Alexis Truitt scored on a nice left handed shot in front of the net. Elizabeth Rishko then scooped up a loose ball off the draw going right down the field for another goal.
Down 4-0 Tatnall didn’t panic. They ripped off 3 straight goals. Tatba took advantage of a rare Cape turnover. Kali Clayton found a cutting Teryn Singer for the assist as Singer deposited the shot in the lower left hand corner.
Clayton then scored two goals of her own. She received a pass in the middle of the field, made a quick cut to find herself right in front of the net as she deposited a bounce shot to the right side of the goalie. She then took advantage of a direct shot a few mins later to bring the score within one, 4-3
Before the half Cape would tack on two more goals. Rishko scored both of those goals to give her a hat trick in the 1st half. Cape took a 6-3 lead in the half of the DIAA girls lacrosse state championship.
Cape came out of the in the second half and dominated their presence. The Vikings went on an 8-0 run led by Alexi Nowakowski and Grace Wiggins who scored two goals a piece. Cape’s defense would hold the Hornets scoreless for the first 21 minutes of the second half until Teryn Singer found Cali Clayton cutting in front of the goal to score the last goal for Tatnall.
Cape Henlopen added two more goals after the Tatnall goal to complete the 16-4 victory while capturing their thirteenth consecutive girls lacrosse state championship.
Cape was led by senior Elizabeth Rishko with four goals, and Alexi Nowakowski who added 3 goals. Tatnall was led by Cali Clayton with three goals.
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