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Photos: Cape's Maren Ford dribbles downfield (top).
NEWARK -- The tears and embraces showed just how much this one hurt.
Cape Henlopen field hockey players, eyeing a return trip to the Delaware high school championship game ever since last year's state title game loss, came up a goal short in their quest in the tournament's Final Four on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001.
On the artificial turf at the University of Delaware's Rullo Stadium, the second-seeded Vikings lost to third-seeded St. Mark's 1-0 in the tourney semifinals to end their season at 17-2.
St. Mark's will face top-seeded Tower Hill in the championship game at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Rullo Stadium. Tower Hill blanked 12th-seeded Caravel Academy 6-0 in Wednesday's other semifinal.
The Vikings controlled play for the most part, but St. Mark's goalie Caitlin White came up with 7 big saves and Lauren Lapinski banged in a second half goal on a pass from Michelle Huynh-Ba at the 27:20 mark of the second half.
The Vikings made a number of charges after that, but after losing senior forward Casey Cahill to an ankle injury with 23:17 left in the game, they couldn't quite connect on their passing game.
The Vikings' best chance to score came on a shot by junior midfielder Amanda Warrington with 4:45 to go, but White kicked the ball away to preserve St. Mark's lead.
24:32 -- ST. MARK'S (1-0 St. Mark's)
Lauren Lapinkski goal
(Michelle Huynh-Ba assist)
Shots -- Cape Henlopen 8, St. Mark's 5.
Penalty Corners -- Cape Henlopen 10, St. Mark's 4.
Saves -- Nicole Rhoades (CH) 2, Caitlin White (SM) 7.
Cape Henlopen head coach Ruth Skoglund on the loss:
"Again, we came up one goal too short. We had a few corners but unfortunately they (Spartans) had a tough defense. Their goalkeeper did a good job. They have some excellent players."
Skoglund on the season:
""I'm very proud to be the only public high school in the state of Delaware to make the semifinals. The girls had a great season. I'm very proud of them for all of their efforts."
Skoglund on the loss of senior Casey Cahill to an ankle injury:
"When one of our key offensive players was injured in the very beginning, trying to fill that spot, it's hard to replace someone that's been there for three or four years. We still had our passing game going, but there's a connection that some of the players have from playing together for so long. We missed that, but I thought the girls who came in still did a great job."
- Saturday's state championship game will feature a pair of unbeaten teams. St. Mark's is 16-0-2, while Tower Hill is 17-0-1. The two teams tied 2-2 during the regular season.
- The loss ended a streak of seven straight wins for the Vikings. St. Mark's has now won nine straight games.
- Senior forward Casey Cahill went down twice with a leg injury, once in the first half and again early in the second half. She was ably replaced by junior midfielder Sarah Ritthaler, who led a couple of nice runs down the field to give the Vikings scoring opportunities.
- Cape hadn't been shut out all season. The Vikings scored only one goal twice, in a 3-1 loss to Smyrna and a 1-0 victory over Delmar.
- Seniors playing their final games for Cape were: Brittany Bailey, Casey Cahill, Maren Ford, Beth Hitchens, Cassie King, Lauren Mazzotta, Karli McCall, Elizabeth Pratt, Brandy Rehkamp, Katie Smith, Lindsey Williams.
- Among the top players returning for the Vikings next season are junior midfielder Amanda Warrington and sophomore goalie Nicole Rhoades.
- Tower Hill entered the Final Four with a 17-0-1 mark with the only blemish the 2-2 tie against St. Mark's. Tower Hill is 6-0-1 against state tournment teams counting its two tournament games this season. Caravel is 12-3-2 overall.
- Cape Henlopen is on a late-season roll with seven straight victories including its first and quarterfinal round state tournament wins.
- Counting the state tournament games, Cape went 8-2 this season against teams that made the tournament.
- St. Mark's showed no ill effects from its triple-overtime win over Wilmington Friends in the tournament's quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 10.
- The state's best players will showcase their talents in an all-star game at St. Mark's High School in Newark on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Admission will be $3.
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