March 15, 2014

Cabrini Matches Best Start, Crushes Nazareth

from press release

RADNOR, Pa. – The Cabrini men's lacrosse team stepped into the program's history book with today's 20-11 victory over the visiting Nazareth Golden Flyers today at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The victory improved the No. 6 Cavaliers to 6-0 on the season, matching the 2004 club for the best start in program history.

After a tight first half, Cabrini blew the game open in the second half led by senior Corey Elmer and juniors Tyler Johnston and Damian Sobieski. Sobieski matched a career high with five goals, while Elmer and Johnston tallied seven points. Elmer paired three goals, including the 100th goal of his career, with four assists, while Johnston recorded five assists.

The Golden Flyers slowed the game in the early minutes as Cabrini fell behind 2-0 with 2:34 left in the opening period. Following a Blue and White timeout, junior Anthony DiNenno won the faceoff and sprinted to the Nazareth goal, putting Cabrini on the board with his first goal of the season.

Forty seconds later, Elmer found Johnston to even the score at 2-2. Nazareth added a goal in the final seconds of the quarter to take a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes.

The Cavaliers evened the score in the first minute of the second quarter, as Sobieski netted a man-up goal. Less than one minute later, junior Mike Leyden put Cabrini back in the lead. The advantage grew to 6-4 as Johnston and Elmer found the back of the net in span of 70 seconds midway through the period.

Again, the Golden Flyers had an answer, as they tied the score at 6-6 before Sobieski's unassisted tally with three minutes left in the period. Nazareth closed the half as it did the first quarter, with a goal in the final seconds, sending the game to halftime tied at 7-7.

Steve Colfer and the Cabrini coaching staff refocused the Blue and White during the break, as the Cavaliers took over in the third quarter. Two Sobieski goals, one by fellow junior Anthony DiSanzo , an Elmer tally and DiNenno's second of the day gave Cabrini a 12-7 lead in the final minute of the third quarter. Nazareth snapped the 5-0 spurt with a goal in the final seconds of the period.

Leyden opened the fourth quarter scoring with his 15th goal of the season. Eighty seconds later, sophomore Brian Kittredge found freshman Mike Crowley for a goal, marking the first career point for both players. DiSanzo's second goal of the day extended the lead to 15-8 with 9:30 to play. Two Nazareth goals cut the lead back to 15-10 before the Cavaliers rattled off another five unanswered goals.

Elmer, Sobieski and Leyden scored unassisted tallies before Johnston found Leyden and sophomore Kyle Bush to put Cabrini ahead 19-10 with 2:06 to play. DiSanzo completed his hat trick with a man-up goal with just 90 seconds to play.

Sobieski fired a team-high seven shots, one more than Elmer, DiSanzo and Johnston. DiNenno won 15-29 faceoffs and scooped 10 ground balls in the win.

Freshman Austin Marshall earned his first win between Cabrini's pipes, as the rookie posted 10 saves after entering the game at halftime. Senior Bill McCabe and sophomore Dan Hopson forced two turnovers each.

Freshman Hunter Burdick led the Golden Flyers (2-3) with two goals and two assists. Seniors Brian Wright and Collin Clark added two goals each in the loss.

The Cavaliers have some time to rest and recover, as they don't return to competition until next Saturday, when Whittier College (1-0) visits Edith Robb Dixon Field. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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