With just a few games remaining for high school girls lacrosse, the Cape Henlopen Lady Vikings are set to make the postseason, defending their state title for a remarkable tenth time.
There’s still work to be done, but the Lady Vikings enter the week at 11-1, leading the Henlopen North and undefeated against in-state opponents.
To no one’s surprise, Cape Henlopen has been solid. Offensively, they average 17 goals per game, second only to St. Mark’s. On defense, the Lady Vikings have allowed an average of four goals against per game, the lowest in the state.
Backed by a powerful offensive lineup, smothering defense and a general well-roundedness, the Lady Vikings are poised to defend their title.
“Our biggest strength has been our team first mentality,” said head coach Lindsay Eichner. “The girls are trusting each other and really love working as one unit. We have a good spread of scoring and assisting and our defense is working together really well.”
Lindsay Monigle, Mallory Jones, Alia Marshall and Catherine Frederick have topped 20 goals. They’ve also combined for 66. Monigle has led in both goals and assists, scoring a team-high 27 goals with 37 helpers through 12 games.
Contributing to Cape’s deep scoring, Emily Monigle, Sawyer Walker, Lola Messick, Meredith Lockwood and Victoria Lockwood, have all surpassed the double-digit goal mark. Annie Judge, Mary Cannon and Jody Boyer have been essential on defense. Judge leads the team in ground balls with 29, while also adding eight goals. Cannon has four goals and two assists, while Boyer has come away with 16 ground balls.
Goalie Vienna Iacona has been solid between the pipes, sporting a goals against average of five and a save percentage over .500, along with two shutouts.
In their final two games, the Lady Vikings will face off against St. Andrew’s and Dover, two teams also fighting for playoff spots. Entering the week, Dover trailed the Lady Vikings by one game, while St. Andrew’s leads the Independent Conference.
“St. Andrew’s is always a good team. They’re well coached and their defense is always well organized,” Eichner said. “Our team is working hard, they are really working on playing as one unit, sliding fast, riding hard and overall just focusing on what we need to do to be successful.”