March 5, 2011

No. 11 Lynchburg Fends Off No. 11 Cabrini

from press release

Lynchburg junior goalie Franc Cook made 20 saves, helping the No. 11 Hornets make up for a nearly 2-to-1 deficit in shots to defeat No. 17 Cabrini on the road.
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RADNOR, Pa. – The No. 17 Cabrini men's lacrosse team remains in pursuit of its first win of the 2011 regular season following a 9-4 loss against No. 11 Lynchburg College on Saturday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the first quarter en route to their fifth straight victory against the Cavaliers.

For the second straight game, Cabrini out-shot its opponent, recording 48 attempts against 27 from Lynchburg. The Blue & White out-shot the Hornets, 42-15, over the final three quarters.

Sophomore attackman Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) led the Cavaliers attack with two points on two goals. Senior attackman Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) and sophomore midfielder Jeff Crosby (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS) each netted one goal.

Crosby and senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Woodlynn, Pa./Ridley HS) each distributed one assist.

Thorp charged the Cabrini offense in the shot department, recording a team-high 10. Skulski posted nine shot attempts.

Lynchburg junior goalkeeper Franc Cook stood tall through the contest, notching 20 saves. Opposing goalkeepers have combined to make 39 saves against the Blue & White in its first two games of the new season.

The Cavaliers owned a 33-30 advantage in groundballs. Senior defenseman Steve Heaps (Street, Md./North Harford HS) and junior defenseman John McSorley (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley HS) each scooped a team-best five groundballs.

The Hornets opened a 4-0 advantage versus Cabrini at the end of one quarter. Sophomore midfielder Max Voumard scored two goals for Lynchburg during the opening 15 minutes.

The Cavaliers trimmed their defecit to three goals, 4-1, with Thorp's first goal of the contest at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter. Freshman attackman Charlie Oldendorp added a late score to push the Lynchburg lead back to four goals, 5-1, before halftime.

Junior midfielder Andrew Wilfong opened the scoring in the third quarter, extending the LC cushion to five goals, 7-2, with 13:56 on the clock. Cabrini trailed 7-3 after three quarter following Skulski's score at the 11:16 mark.

The Hornets led by as many as six goals, 9-3, with 5:28 remaining in the final period. Voumard netted his third and final goal of the game at the 6:05 mark.

Wilfong, senior midfielder Eddie Bilinkas and junior attackman Ben Sauer each finished with two points on one goal and one assist.

The Hornets held a decided advantage in the face-off circle, winning 13-of-17 draws. Junior face-off specialist Jeff Schwartz won all 13 for LC and also scooped nine groundballs.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) made the start in between the pipes for the Cavaliers, but lasted just 10:15 before making way to freshman stopper Steve Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy). Oppenheimer, making his collegiate debut, totaled seven saves and allowed five goals in nearly 50 minutes played.

The loss is the Cavaliers' fifth in five games all-time against Lynchburg. Cabrini has now opened the season 0-2 for the first time since the 2005 campaign.

Cabrini (0-2) will play its third of four straight at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Wednesday, March 9 versus No. 14 Hampden-Sydney College. Game time against H-SC is set for 3:30 p.m.

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