The Caesar Rodney Riders boys lacrosse team improved to 11-2 on the season after defeating the Middletown Cavaliers 16-5 on Saturday.
Seven different Riders found the back of the net on Saturday, including David Schmidt who led the way for the Riders finishing with 6 goals in the win. Both Austin Hayward and Sean MacLeish finished with 2 goals and 4 assists on the day for CR.
The Riders took a commanding lead early over Middletown, leading 5-1 after just one quarter of play. CR would tack on 6 more goals in the second stanza to take an 11-1 lead into the half.
The Riders continued the pressure in the second half adding 5 more goals against a Middletown team that never threatened.
The win for the Riders moved them into a tie for the best record in the entire state along with Salesianum, St. Mark’s and Tower Hill.
The Riders lacrosse squad is no stranger to success, though, CR Head Coach Drew Hughes has been impressed with the performance from a very young Caesar Rodney team.
“I don’t think that this season is much different than in the past,” said Hughes. “Each team is different and the challenge is figuring out how the pieces fit together the best way.”
While this installment of Riders lacrosse features an awful lot of young talent, the majority of those players already had varsity experience heading into this year’s campaign.
“This is a very young team in terms of grade level but a team with a lot of varsity experience,” said Hughes. “When we look back at our losses we realized what we could have done better and have tried to fix those areas and improve going forward.”
With just two games remaining in the regular season schedule, Tuesday against Cape Henlopen and Wednesday at Delmar, the Riders are looking to improve upon their record and standing amongst the state’s elite heading toward the State Tournament.
“This is an exciting time of year,” said Hughes. “Cape Henlopen is a huge rivalry game and a great event for both programs. There is a lot of history and talent between the two teams and it’s one of the highlights of every season. “
The Riders will finish off their regular season against an improving Delmar team that should provide a stiff test.
“Delmar is a team that is growing and represents the Henlopen Conference well,” Hughes said. “Our players understand that it is important to finish the regular season strong and then prepare for the playoffs. “
With a tournament bid already in their back pocket, Hughes said he’s not worried about a let-down during these last two games and knows his squad is excited for what the future holds.
“There is definitely a second win that kicks in this time of year knowing that the season is drawing to a close and the seniors only have a few days of high school lacrosse left,” said Hughes. “We are all very excited about the next few weeks.”
The Riders finish off their regular season schedule this week, their game against Cape Henlopen on Tuesday will be played after our press-time. Be sure to check doverpost.com for a recap of the game.
CR will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Delmar, game-time 4:00 p.m.