March 4, 2009

No. 5 Cabrini Takes Care of F&M

from staff reports

The No. 5 Cabrini men's lacrosse team remains unbeaten following a 12-5 win against Franklin & Marshall College Wednesday at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Senior attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) charged the Cavaliers' offense with a team-high five points.

Grugan, the reigning Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player of the Week, extended his consecutive points streak to 41 games, scoring four goals and adding one assist. He is now just one goal shy of 100 for his career at Cabrini.

Senior midfielder B.J. Kletcheck (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) tallied three points, tallying two goals and dishing one assist. Sophomore midfielder Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) and freshman attackman Brian Hill (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) each posted two points, depositing one score and notching one helper.

Senior face-off specialist Mike Dolente (Phoenixville, Pa./Spring-Ford) led the Cavaliers with 10 groundballs. Cabrini won 12-of-21 faceoffs, including 11 draw victories from Dolente.

Senior defenseman Jeff Moore (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) scooped seven groundball, moving into sole possession of second place all-time with 160 in just three-plus seasons at with the Cavaliers. Moore also totaled five caused turnovers.

Senior defenseman Joe Monroe (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple) recorded five groundballs and forced three giveaways. The Cabrini defense allowed just one goal in the second half.

Senior goalkeeper Kevin Chenoweth (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) logged all 60 minutes in the cage for Cabrini, posting six saves. The Blue & White defense held its opponent to five goals or less for the 77th time in program history and for the second straight game in 2009.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage less than six minutes into the contest following back-to-back scores from Kletcheck and Grugan. The Blue & White owned a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter after Skulski found the back of the cage at the 5:40 mark.

Skulski's lone marker sparked a 5-0 run that carried mid-way into the second quarter. Senior midfielder Matt Conaway (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) and senior attackman Paul Reimer (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) each found the back of the cage before Kletcheck and Grugan struck again.

The Diplomats closed the first half on a 3-0 run in the final four minutes, trimming its deficit to just three goals, 7-4, at the break. Attackman Sean Oliver triggered the spurt, scoring his second of two goals at the 3:16 mark.

The Cavaliers tightened its hold on the defensive in the second half, allowing just 11 shots and forcing 15 turnovers. Franklin & Marshall's lone goal of the final 30 minutes came at the 7:25 mark of the fourth period.

Cabrini's lead grew to a game-high seven goals, 11-4, after junior midfielder Jordan Coeyman (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) buried a nice feed on the doorstep from Skulski at the 7:54 mark of the closing stanza.

The victory is the Cavaliers' first in five tries all-time against Franklin & Marshall. Cabrini improves its record at Edith Robb Dixon Field to 19-3 since the stadium debuted in 2007.

Cabrini (3-0) returns to the road Saturday, March 7 at No. 11 Lynchburg College. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.

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