May 12, 2012

Cabrini's Quick Start, Strong Finish Sink Dickinson

from press release

– The No. 6 Cabrini College men's lacrosse team jumped out to an early lead and never let it go, as the Cavaliers defeated No. 11 Dickinson College 12-7 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Carlisle, Pa.'s Bibble Field.

The victory, Cabrini's 16th consecutive, sends the Blue and White to Wednesday's quarterfinal round.

The win marks the Cavaliers' first road triumph in the NCAA Tournament since a 13-8 win at Widener, and just the third road tournament win in program history.

Junior Bobby Thorp and sophomore Corey Elmer led the Blue and White attack with four points each. Thorp posted three goals, while four players, including Elmer added a pair of goals each.

Cabrini (17-2) took control of the score board early in the game, scoring the game's first five goals. Elmer opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into action, on an assist from freshman Anthony DiSanzo.

Twenty-five seconds later, junior Andrew Layne found senior Brian Hill, doubling the Cavaliers' advantage.

At the 11:37 mark, freshman Mike Leyden scored an unassisted goal, extending the lead to 3-0. DiSanzo recorded his second assist of the period when he connected with fellow rookie Damian Sobieski.

Thorp's unassisted tally with just over five minutes left in the quarter ended the Cavaliers' opening barrage.

The Red Devils responded with a pair of goals before Elmer found Leyden with just eight seconds remaining in the quarter. Leyden's goal gave the Blue and White a 6-2 lead after the first 15 minute period.

Dickinson captured all of Cabrini's momentum in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered goals, cutting the score to 6-5 with five minutes until halftime.

Hill's second goal of the day came with 3:34 to play until the break, extending Cabrini's lead to 7-5 at halftime.

Elmer's second goal of the game came 3:17 into the third quarter and gave Cabrini a 8-5 cushion. The Red Devils got the goal back midway through the period.

With 2:18 to play in the third, senior defenseman John McSorley found Thorp for the junior's second tally of the day.

Dickinson gained a little momentum with a goal in the final seconds of the third quarter, setting the score at 9-7 with 15 minutes to play.

Both teams had chances throughout the fourth quarter, but neither could navigate the opposition's defense for the first 11 minutes of the final period.

That all changed when McSorley caused his second turnover of the day. Sophomore JoJo Cooper scooped the ball and sprinted down the field, finding Sobieski for the rookie's second goal of the day.

Just over two minutes later, sophomore Matt Biegle converted an Elmer pass into sixth man-up goal of the year. Thorp completed his hat trick with 57 seconds on the clock.

The trio of DiSanzo, Elmer and Layne finished with two assists each.

Junior Tim Grenier joined McSorley with two caused turnovers on the day. Junior goaltender Erick Zarzecki posted nine saves in the win.

The nation's faceoff win percentage leader Anthony DiNenno controlled 13 of the game's 21 faceoffs and scooped nine ground balls. Grenier and senior Andrew Zelinski added the ground balls apiece.

Sophomore Brian Cannon led Dickinson (15-4) with a goal and two assists. Senior Sam Greenberg and junior Christian Beitel add two goals each for the Red Devils.

The Cavaliers will face the winner of tonight's matchup between #1 Salisbury and #10 Goucher. Those two will face off tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Salisbury's Sea Gull Stadium.

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