WILMINGTON – Ursuline’s lacrosse team hung with nine-time defending state champion Cape Henlopen for much of the first half in the teams’ meeting on March 26, but the Vikings used a 7-0 run to pull away from the Raiders. Cape improved to 2-0 on the young season with an 11-3 win at a soggy Serviam Field.
Senior Lindsay Monigle opened the scoring for the Vikings, going upstairs to beat the Ursuline goalkeeper, but Jane Lyons knotted the score, bouncing a shot into the cage after taking a long pass from Val Cradler. A patient Raiders approach, combined with the slow turf, kept the scoring to a minimum, and Brigid Monahan turned away several shots to keep her team in the hunt.
It was 3-1 with 2:21 remaining in the half when Maxine String scored for the Raiders to cut the lead in half. String was fouled on her initial approach to the net and put the ball into the net on the free restart. That goal seemed to wake up Cape as much as it energized Ursuline.
Anna Stancofski found the net with 1:26 to go, restoring the two-goal advantage. The Vikings added to that just seconds before the horn sounded to end the half. After a sustained Ursuline possession near the Vikings’ goal, Alia Marshall intercepted a pass and raced downfield, splitting several defenders and finding the back of the net.
Cape dominated possession in the second half, adding five more goals before the Raiders ended the run. Lola Messick set the tone on the first possession of the half, beating the keeper from in close. After four more Vikings tallies, Katherine Shroyer scored the Raiders’ final goal.
The Raiders (0-1) will have to wait a while to go after their first win. They are off until April 10, when they meet Delaware Military Academy at 3:45 p.m. at Kirkwood Soccer Club.
Marshall, Monigle and Mallory Jones each scored twice for Cape. The Vikings are on the road Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Henlopen North rival Sussex Tech.