Boys Lacrosse Wins State Quarterfinal, Will Play Cape Henlopen in Semifinals
For the third consecutive season, the Archmere boys lacrosse team heads to the State Semifinals this week. On Saturday, May 28 on the lower turf, the team put on an offensive showdown against Wilmington Friends, with nine different players scoring on their way to a 14-7 quarterfinal win.
Mike Lang wrote of the game,"The Auks got off to a good start by winning the opening faceoff, and just 54 seconds in, Drew Duncan took advantage, scoring on a turnaround shot. That was it for the next five minutes. A Quakers turnover proved costly, as Conor Udovich scooped up a loose ball and found Cole Fenice, who sliced his way up the middle before beating Friends keeper Xingyu Wang.
The Auks pulled away just a bit in the third. Udovich hit from distance on a delayed penalty to make it 9-4. Alex Im ended a long Archmere possession with a goal at the 7:58 mark. Kupiec scored with 7:02 to go, the third Auks goal in a 1:50 span.
France flashed his skills in the early moments of the fourth, coming up with a quality kick save. That energized the Auks, and Alex Starnes scored his second of the day in quick fashion with a bouncer that pushed the advantage to a game-high eight goals. Friends was markedly better in the second half taking care of the ball and controlling draws, but they could not get the deficit below seven."
Leading scorers included junior Danny Kupiec with three goals, and sophomore Drew Duncan, junior Alex Starnes and senior Conor Udovich each adding a pair. Goalie Conor France finished with eight saves. Archmere (16-1) will meet fifth-seeded Cape Henlopen in the first semifinal on June 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Abessinio Stadium. The No. 2 seed, Salesianum, will host third-seeded Sanford in the nightcap, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased on the DIAA website in advance of the game: https://gofan.co/app/school/DIAA