Peyton McNeill scored three goals during a 5-0 run to rally Wilmington Friends past Cape Henlopen 10-8 in boys lacrosse action Wednesday.
Playing on artificial turf that played much higher than the 90 degrees on the thermometer, Cape heated up with four 2nd quarter goals to take a 5-3 halftime lead after markers from Jaycob Trimmer and Erik-Stephane Stancofski.
The lead stretched to three early in the 3rd quarter, as Patrick Monigle found a cutting Trimmer to give the Vikings their largest lead.
After Friends’ Owen Ganse and Cape’s Brock Maloomian traded goals, Friends took control of the game.
Matt Tornek and Peyton McNeill scored 11 seconds apart to cut the lead down to one with 5:18 to go in the quarter, and it took a lower-body save by Cape goaltender Brendan Kane to keep the Vikings ahead going to the final 12 minutes.
The lead wouldn’t last, as McNeill scored again 56 seconds into the quarter to tie the game.
Eric Pincus then found a knifing Tornek in front of the goal, and Friends took their first lead since 2-1 early in the second quarter.
The 5-0 run wrapped up with McNeill’s third goal, this time backing down at the edge of the crease, and Friends was up 9-7 with 3:46 left.
Cape regained possession, and Patrick Monigle used a spin, dodge, and blast to get his team within a goal.
They would have a chance to tie, but turned it back over to friends, and River Harper rifled a shot from about 15 yards away for the insurance goal.
The buzzer sounded, and Friends exploded in celebration after their second straight win over Cape.
McNeill finished with 4 goals and 2 assists for Friends (14-0), who can finish off an undefeated regular season with a victory at the Charter School of Wilmington on Friday afternoon.
Trimmer and Luke D’Ambrogi scored twice for Cape, who finished their regular season at 11-4.