Cape Henlopen’s Jack Dennis and Luke D’Ambrogi scored goals in the final five minutes, and Baxter Travers made a key save late to edge Caesar Rodney 10-9 to win the Henlopen North boys lacrosse title Wednesday night.
This was a game of runs, with Cape racing out to a 4-0 lead after the opening quarter powered by a pair of goals from Jack Dennis, only to have the Riders score the only two goals in the second off of the baskets of Josh Cosden and Demetrius Stevenson.
After Jacob Brown put Cape up 5-2 with 9:42 to go in the third quarter, Caesar Rodney went on a 4-goal burst to jump ahead, with Cosden scoring a pair of goals before Stevenson tied the game.
Noah Longest gave C.R. their first lead of the game when he patiently waited behind the Cape goal, and finally cut to his left and went top shelf to cap the 2:38 run.
Dennis completed a hat trick off a feed from D’Ambrogi, and the rivals went to the final quarter tied 6-all.
The teams alternated goals in the first 5:30 of the 4th quarter, with Cae’s Jacob Brown and James Heid being counted by Caesar Rodney’s Longest and Stevenson.
Dennis put the Vikings ahead with 5:07 to go, but after the Riders won the next draw, Travers had to reach down low to stop the attack, and keep the Vikings on top.
Cape tried to run out the clock, but D’Ambrogi couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run from the sideline unabated and fling home an insurance marker to put Cape up 10-8 with 2:20 to go.
The danger of that strategy is you need to win the face-offs, and C.R. made them pay by winning the next one, which Longest converted by jumping over the side of the crease and scoring a goal with 34.1 seconds left.
Cape would seemingly win the next face-off, but an illegal time-out gave the possession back to the Riders, but they turned the ball over before getting a shot off, and Cape had their revenge for last year’s 6-5 loss in the de facto Henlopen North title game.
Dennis scored 5 goals for Cape (10-3), who will play at Appoquinimink Friday night at 6pm before hosting Wilmington Friends on Tuesday.
Stevenson, Longest, and Cosden each had hat tricks for Caesar Rodney (13-1), who will look to bounce back in a big way when No. 1 Salesianum comes to Rider Stadium on Tuesday night at 7pm.