February 27, 2009

Black Squirrels Call on Cabrini

from staff reports

RADNOR, Pa. - The No. 5 Cabrini men's lacrosse team begins its 2009 home schedule Saturday, February 28 versus No. 12 Haverford College at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

The Cavaliers are 1-0 for the third straight season and for the fifth time in the last seven years. Cabrini opened the season with an 18-9 victory at Fairleigh Dickinson University February 25. The Cavaliers' 18 goals scored is a program record in a season-opening game.

Junior attackman Casey Grugan powered the Cavaliers' offense with a career-best and game-high nine points on four goals and five assists. Grugan has totaled at least one point in the last 39 career games, dating back to his first game as a freshman in 2007. Senior attackman Scott Reimer collected five points on three scores and two helpers.

Six Cabrini players deposited at least two goals. Senior midfielder Christian Burrows, sophomore attackman Paul Skulski and freshman attackman Brian Hill each recorded a hat trick against the Devils.

The Blue & White begins its third full season on the Edith Robb Dixon Turf in 2009 against the Black Squirrels. The Cavaliers own a 17-3 record all-time since the stadium's debut in 2007. Cabrini has twice hosted NCAA Tournament games at Edith Robb Dixon Field, welcoming Ithaca College in 2007 and Haverford in 2008.

Haverford College
The Black Squirrels finished last season with an 11-5 overall record, making its first appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Haverford's postseason run in 2008 came to a close at the hands of the Cavaliers. Cabrini claimed a 13-10 win against the Fords in the second round of the NCAA Tournament May 10. The Cavaliers twice knocked off Haverford last season, downing the host Fords 13-8 April 16.

In a series that dates back to 1997, Cabrini and Haverford have split four meetings. The Black Squirrels earned a commanding 15-5 win against the Blue & White in the teams' debut meeting. The Cavaliers have won the last two contests, both wins coming last season.

Haverford head coach Mike Murphy is in his seventh season. Murphy coached the Black Squirrels to a program-record 11 wins last season. In his first season in 2003, Haverford was listed as the second most-improved team in the NCAA. Murphy has coached at the Division I level with Brown (1992), Virginia (93-97) and Penn (2002).

Top scorers sophomore Max Hjelm and Brian Fleishhacker return to the Black Squirrels' attack in 2009. Helm led Haverford with 63 points on 42 goals and 21 assists on year ago. Fleishhacker totaled 51 points, scoring 46 goals and tallying five assists. Face-off specialists Peter Hannapel (.557) and Kiley Norton (.500) anchor the Black Squirrels at the X.

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