May 3, 2011

Cabrini Waxes Immaculata, 23-3

from press release

– The Cabrini men's lacrosse team will play in the championship game of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament for the 11th straight season following a convincing 23-3 victory versus Immaculata University on Tuesday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Cavaliers out-scored the Mighty Macs in the second half, 15-0, en route to the win. Senior midfielder Paul Skulski led the Cabrini attack with five points, pairing two goals with three assists. Junior midfielder Joe Arrell notched four points with three scores and one helper.

Senior attackman Jordan Coeyman, junior attackman Brian Hill, sophomore attackman Jeff Crosby and sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp each contributed three points, netting two goals and adding one assist.

Sophomore midfielder Andrew Layne and freshman attackman Louis LaCour both totaled two points with one goal and one assist. The Cavaliers' offense out-shot Immaculata, 64-26, and boasted 21 players with at least one point in the win.

Cabrini also won the groundball battle by a convincing margin, 56-28. Senior defenseman Steve Heaps and senior midfielder Joe Strain led the charge, each scooping a team-high five groundballs.

Strain led the Blue & White in face-off circle, winning 4-of-7 draw attempts. Senior Mark Hamilton went 2-for-3 at the X.

Freshman goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki started his 35th straight game in the cage for the Cavaliers and recorded five saves for his 26th career win. Freshman Steve Oppenheimer came on in relief, playing nearly 12 minutes and posted two saves.

Cabrini out-shot IU in the first quarter, 14-4, and led 4-0 following 15 minutes of play. Arrell's first goal of the game at the 11:20 mark of the second quarter pushed the Blue & White's lead to 6-0.

Yet, the Mighty Macs closed the first half on a 3-2 run and trailed by just five goals at the intermission, 8-3. Thorp led the Cavaliers' attack at the intermission with two points on two goals.

Cabrini opened the second half with a man-down goal from Hill and never looked back. Crosby netted two goals in the third period and the Cavaliers owned a comfortable 14-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Arrell pushed the Blue & White lead to 16-3 with 12:37 remaining. Several reserves saw action late in the game, including LaCour, freshman midfielder Pat Nolan and freshman midfielder Charles Stephens, who each scored their first career goal in the final stanza.

Mike Boyd, Chaz Gorman and Joey Shallow each scored one goal for Immaculata (6-9) in the season-ending loss. Mike Nesci added one assist.

Jon Diodati tallied 15 saves for IU.

The victory extends the Cavaliers' win streak against CSAC opponents to 103, including the postseason, since the 2001 campaign. Also, the victory stands as the 149th in the career of 11th-year head coach Steve Colfer.

In a series that dates back to 2007, the Blue & White is now 7-0 all-time against the Mighty Macs, including a 26-3 win in the CSAC Semifinal last season.

Cabrini (11-5) will host the winner of tonight's second CSAC semifinal match-up featuring Marywood University and Gwynedd-Mercy College (7 p.m.) on Saturday, May 7 at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Game time is to be determined.

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