March 9, 2011

No. 20 Cabrini Stops No. 11 Sydney

from press release

RADNOR, Pa. – The Cabrini men's lacrosse team claimed its first win of the 2011 season on Wednesday afternoon, holding off a late rally from Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opponent No. 11 Hampden-Sydney College en route to a 12-10 victory at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Senior midfielder Paul Skulski and junior attackman Brian Hill each recorded four points in the win for the Cavaliers. Hill netted three goals, including the eventual game-winner, and handed out one assist. Skulski totaled two goals and added two assists. Skulski's second score of the contest with 33 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter sealed the Cabrini victory and ended the Tigers' three-game win streak.

Sophomore attackman Jeff Crosby and sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp each contributed two points with two goals. Freshman Matt Biegel earned his first career start on the first attack line and notched two points with one score and one helper.

Senior face-off specialist Joe Strain and sophomore midfielder Ryan Sankey each chipped in one goal.

Strain also won 6-of-12 face-off attempts and led the Cavaliers with six groundballs. Senior face-off specialist Mike Gurenlian complimented Strain at the X, winning 6-of-11 tries.

Hill and sophomore midfielder Joe Hughes each scooped five groundballs. Junior defenseman John McSorley gathered four groundballs.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki started between the pipes for the Cavaliers and tallied seven saves. Freshman cageminder Steve Oppenheimer came on in relief at halftime and finished with six stops. However, following Oppenheimer's slashing penalty mid-way through the fourth frame, Zarzecki re-entered the contest and played the remaining 7:30, coming up with three critical stops down the stretch.

Cabrini owned a 2-1 edge following the opening 15 minutes after goals from Crosby (7:47) and Hill (6:47). The Cavaliers out-scored the Tigers in the second quarter, 3-1, en route to a 5-2 advantage at the intermission.

The Blue & White kept its foot on the gas pedal to begin the third period, scoring four unanswered goals and jumping out to a comfortable 9-2 cushion at the 7:54 mark. Before Sankey capped the spurt with a goal on the H-SC doorstep, Skulski deposited his first goal of the game off a nifty deke move behind the cage.

Yet, the Tigers went undeterred and proceeded to score eight of the game's next 10 goals, pulling within one score, 11-10, with just 3:31 left in the fourth quarter. Junior midfielder Carter Mavromatis scored one goal and supplied four assists during the run that got H-SC back in the contest.

Hampden-Sydney (3-1) had a few chances to tie the game in the final three minutes, but it was Zarzecki that stood tall on both occasions, stopping two shots in front of the cage down the stretch.

Mavromatis finished with six points on two goals and four assists. Senior midfielder Cole Hawthorne posted four points with two goals and two assists.

Junior attackman Micah Keller, who came into Wednesday's game leading the Tigers' offense with 12 points, was held to just one point on one goal by McSorley.

In addition to the game's 15 goals scored in the second half, there were a combined 16 penalties served by the Cavaliers and Tigers. Cabrini committed nine infractions, while H-SC was flagged seven times.

The win improves the Blue & White's record to 5-0 all-time against Hampden-Sydney in a series that dates back to 2007.

Cabrini (1-2) plays its contest of a four-game homestand to begin the 2011 season on Saturday, March 12 versus North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) opponent Kenyon College. Game time against the Lords is set for 1 p.m.

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