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FRIDAY, APRIL 5 - MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013 95 Vikings travel across the Chesapeake to up their game By Dave Frederick fredman@capegazette.com The Cape boys' lacrosse team traveled across the Chesa- peake Bay Bridge April 3 for its second straight insertion into the toughest league in the na- tion, the MIAA "A" Division of Baltimore. The Vikings lost 11-4 to the Admirals of Severn after losing March 28 to Saint Paul's School for Boys 20-6. The collective Cape coaching approach: You can stay home and hunt for Easter eggs over spring break or go looking for trouble inside the Baltimore private school network. One road will make you a better player. "You never like to lose or look for consolation prizes, but we played pretty well except Cape midfielder Todd Keen is double-teamed and hemmed in on the sidelines: for a few lapses," said Cape head coach Jack Lingo. "All our injuries hurt as a little as well." Cape is playing without goalie Grant Gillan (broken collarbone), midfielder Matt Kane (bruised kidney) and Sean Grogan (ACL injury). The Admirals jumped Cape early in the first period, out- scoring Cape 5-2. Defenders blanketed the Vikings' leading scorer Luke Benson "on his hands" the entire game, jam- ming him up and making shoot- ing difficult. "They know who we are and had scouted out our play- ers," said assistant coach Mark D'Ambrogi. "You play a major program, they are not leaving anything to chance)' Cape battled Severn in the second period and trailed 7-3 at halftime on goals by Blake Mann, Benson and Todd Keen. Tony Iammatteo played well in goal, recording seven saves while facing 23 shots on the game, with most of the goals coming off assists to wide-open cutters cruising past the crease. The Admirals outscored Continued on page 98 CAPE'S KYLE ORTON slams Severn School April 3. Aaron Mattioni clears the ball. DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS on the brakes during the Vikings' 11-4 loss to ougher and dumber - | Athletes and coaches .A. from generations past m talk about today's athletes not being as focused and, tough as previous generations, conced- ing, "But they are bigger and stronger and moreexplosive." One of my favorite quotes: Players in my day would run fl rough a wall for a coach, but today they ask, 'Why should I run through a wall; what's in it for me?'" It is totally illogi- .ay are cal to me that the bigger and stronger modern-day athletic population should be less rough and tough and less committed to excellence unless they did little more to earn their power and grace than eat a bunch of meatloaf from hormone- and steroid-jacked beef while they were growing up and were born to a mother who was a seri- ous consumer of grade A beef burgers. Watch any "Classics" sports competition and you can easily see that as a population, athletes' mean muscle mass is bulging but only gets in the way for a population whose hunting skills are using GPS on the smartphone to find the closest McDonald's. Organic- consumers.org, blames it all on beef-eating pregnant women. Seriously, how crazy is that, know what I'm saying? F .Who's in your pocket? - There is no doubt that ESPN is a corporation inside the pockets of sports franchises; hence the term "broadcast partner" is all so intertwined, which is why all the real top-flight sports journalists have taken flight or been booted off the network. ESPN will televise live for the first time in conjunction with its new broadcast partner, the WNBA. The telecast will also be available at WatchESPN. Or you can get the app and watch it live while driving your new Fiat. The draft is April 15 and normally in Delaware we wouldn't care, but since homegrown Elena Delle Donne has emerged asthe best over- all player on the planet we are curiofis - especially Joe Biden - which is why Elena intends to throw her smartphone in the Brandywine River imme- diately after the selection. The top five teams picking are Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky, Tulsa Shock, Elena Washing- Delle Donne ton Mystics and New York Liberty. If I'm Phoenix, I'm picking Delle Donne, then Chicago has to go Skylar Diggins, then Brittany Griner to Tulsa. It's about long- term marketability and face of franchise. WNBA doesn't need to put fans in the stands with a broadcast partner already in the pocket. The team salary cap for a WNBA team is less than the poorest-paid NBA player. If you're an Atlantic Seaboard fat cat basking on the sun porch and reading this column, would you relocate to Phoeflix, Chi- cago or Tulsa for $100K a year with a chance at major shoe endorsements? Not me; I'm staying in my own playground. Abusive behavior - "Gone gone like a turkey through the corn." A coach like recently ., fired Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice who throws a ball at a player or pushes him or calls him a degrading name should be fired prior to any investiga- tion when presented with video evidence. And before anyone says, "I'd like to see someone throw a ball at me," he or she should realize that an adult out of control is most times befud: dling to an athlete and team- mates. We all have stories to tell. I wish I could go back to third grade and slap a penguin or retum to ninth grade and floor a friar with a wet plank. I've heard some crazy stuff come out of the mouths of coaches, some of it by people I respected, then I immediately repressed the experience. And Rutgers - of all places - after the flap over Don Imus' comments , about its women's team has that guy Rice running around? Makes no sense, but crazy ,: never does. Continued on page 99