Cape, Tatnall advance to lacrosss championship game

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Cape Henlopen girls lacrosse celebrates after advancing to the state championship. photo by Nick Halliday


The No. 1 seed Cape Henlopen Vikings and the No. 2 seed Tatnall Hornets advanced to DIAA Girls Lacrosse state Championship. Cape Henlopen won its thirteenth straight championship last season with a 16-4 victory over the Tatnall Hornets last season. Now the rematch is set up as both teams advanced with commanding wins. 


Cape Henlopen faced off against Sussex Academy in the first of two games in the 2023 DIAA Girl Lacrosse semifinals. In the regular season Cape defeated Sussex Academy by a score of 10-7, but Cape turned it up in the playoffs. 


Cape jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Sussex Academy answered with 2 goals of their own. After the two goals from Sussex Academy Cape called a timeout to talk things over and regroup. Well the time out worked. Cape went on to score six straight goals to close out the first half taking a 10-2 lead into half. 


Cape came out of the half and dominated Sussex Academy as they did in the first half. Cape out scored Sussex Academy 10-2 in the second half to come away with a commanding 20-4 victory. Louise Rishko Led he Vikings with seven goals white Claire Lopez added five goals. Anna Lopez was just a wall in goals as she made ten saves in the game. 


Sussex Academy was led by Emily Bisaha with two goals and goal keeper Morgane Leeper added six saves. 

Tatnall girls lacrosse celebrates after advancing to the state championship, photo by Nick Halliday

In game two of the night the Tatnall Hornets faced off with the Archmere Auks. Tatnall dealt Archmere their only loss in the regular season with a 20-4 victory. They would end the Auks season in similar fashion. 


Archmere started the game off going up on the Hornets quickly 2-0. However the Hornets would sting right back. The Hornets then went on to outscore the Auks twelve to two the rest of the half to take a 12-4 lead. The Hornets then went on to outscore the Auks nine to one in the second half to walk away with a 21-5 lead. 


Lydia Colasante led the Hornets with 7 goals and 2 assists. Kali Clayton had 4 goals and 3 assists. Charlotte Wilkerson also added 4 goals. In the net Devon Chipman was stelar totaling 11 saves for Tatnall. Archmere was led by Sara Denning with two goals. 


Cape Henlopen and Tatnall will face off this Thursday evening at Delaware State University with a start time at 6:00 PM. It’s a rematch from last season’s state championship in which Cape defeated Tatnall 16-4. Cape is going for their fourteenth straight state championship Thursday night.

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