March 30, 2011

No. 18 Cabrini Breezes Past Neumann, 21-4

from press release

– The No. 18 Cabrini men's lacrosse team allowed the first goal of the game before scoring the next 17 en route to a 21-4 victory against Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) opponent Neumann University on Wednesday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) and sophomore midfielder Jeff Crosby (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS) each posted five points for the Cavaliers in the win.

Crosby matched a season-high with four goals against the Knights and added one assist. Skulski netted one goal and dished out four helpers. Skulski is now only four goals shy of becoming just the fifth player in program history to reach 100 career goals.

Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Woodlynn, Pa./Ridley HS) and freshman attackman Matt Biegel (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East HS) each recorded four points. Terenick paired two goals with two assists, while Biegel netted three goals and posted one assist.

Sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) notched three points with two goals and one assist. The Cavaliers' offense generated 63 shot attempts and 14 players with at least one point.

Cabrini's success on the offensive end could very well be attributed to the team's performance in the face-off circle. Behind senior midfielder Joe Strain's (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) perfect 9-for-9 draw performance, the Cavaliers won 24-of-29 face-off attempts.

Senior Mike Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco HS) (7-for-9) and senior Mark Hamilton (Brighton, Mich./Brother Rice HS) (5-for-5) complimented Strain's efforts at the X. The Blue & White boasted a 43-20 groundball advantage versus the Knights.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) made his 27th straight start in the cage for the Cavaliers and played 30 minutes en route to his 20th career win. Zarzecki made three saves before making way to freshman goalkeeper Steve Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) (5 saves) and sophomore cageminder Kevin Gallagher (Radnor, Pa./Archbishop Carroll HS) (1).

­However, Cabrini had to overcome an early deficit before winning its third straight game after Neumann opened the game's scoring with a man-up goal from senior attackman Justin Mailloux just 76 seconds into the game.

Yet, the Cavaliers led 13-1 at halftime and scored 17 unanswered goals overall. The Blue & White used seven different goal scorers on its way to a 7-1 lead after one period.

Terenick closed the first half opened the third quarter with consecutive man-up goals. Cabrini took advantage of eight Neumann penalties and converted 4-of-8 man-advantage opportunities.

The Cavaliers led by as much as 18 goals, 21-3, with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter after junior attackman Drew Brady (West Chester, Pa./Penncrest HS) canned his second goal of the game.

The Blue & White's 21 goals in the most scored in a game since the Cavaliers hung 26 on Immaculata University in the 2010 CSAC Semifinal.

The win also extends the nation's longest active regular season conference win streak to 79 games. Including the postseason, the Cavaliers have won 98 consecutive contests against conference opponents since the 2001 campaign.

Mailloux led the Knights' offense with three goals. Sophomore midfielder Mark Consolo added two assists.

Cabrini (5-3, 2-0 CSAC) resumes its non-conference schedule versus Whittier College on Saturday, April 2 at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Game time against the Poets is set for 1 p.m.

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