Cape Henlopen scored 3 goals in the final 52 seconds of the first half to break open a close game and vault the Vikings to a 16-9 win and a spot in the 2019 DIAA Boys Lacrosse Championship.
The game was marred by a 1:35 lightning delay, as severe thunderstorms worked their way through New Castle County, but they were able to get the game started at about 7:45, although the second semifinal between Salesianum and Caesar Rodney was postponed.
Archmere's Mitchell Moyer, who earlier opened the scoring, scored on a spin move with 3:52 to go before halftime to bring the game within 4-3.
That's when Cape got focused, and on an offensive set that included over 20 passes, the final one was from Luke D'Ambrogi to Gabe Best, who used one fake, and then bounced in a goal to double the advantage.
Cape would win the next two face-offs, and they turned them into quick goals, with James Heid and Andre Currie scoring in the final 19 seconds to suddenly make it a 7-3 game at intermission.
Four more Viking goals started the second half, with Greg Boyce, Best, Heid, and Luke D'Ambrogi finding the net to push the lead out to 11-3.
Archmere's Moyer and Cole Bauer scored the next two goals to get back within 11-5, but Cape had another surger in them.
They'd eventually get the lead out to 16-6, and then settled in as Archmere scored the last 3 goals, but it wasn't enough.
Cape Henlopen advances to the championship game, which was originally expected to be played Saturday, but with Salesianum and Caesar Rodney hoping to get their second semifinal on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Caravel, any other weather delay could send the schedule into another set of revisions.