April 29, 2014

Goodbye, Neumann: Cabrini Rolls to CSAC Finals

from press release

RADNOR, Pa. – It took the Cavaliers 29 seconds to build a lead it would not relinquish, as the Cabrini men's lacrosse team topped Neumann University 25-7 tonight in the semifinal round of the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The Blue and White improved to 15-1 on the season and advanced to its 15th consecutive conference championship game.

Fourteen Cavaliers recorded at least one point in the win, led by juniors Damian Sobieski and Mike Leyden who combined for 14 points. Sobieski paired five goals and three assists, while Leyden matched a career high with five goals.

Senior Corey Elmer added two goals and two helpers, one of five players with two goals on the night, including freshman Evan Downey, sophomore Cole Campbell and juniors Anthony DiNenno and Enrique Montoya.

DiNenno went 21-26 at the faceoff spot and scooped a career high 13 ground balls, while Leyden, fellow junior Antony DiSanzo and freshman goaltender Hank Altschuler secured four each. Altschuler also recorded a pair of saves to improve to 9-0 on the season. Fellow netminders Austin Marshall and Chris Treat also posted one save each in the victory.

After netting the Blue and White's first goal, Sobieski added his second with just under nine minutes to play. The Knights got on the board midway through the opening period. Montoya and Sobieski added goals in a 31 second span, before Elmer's first goal of the day gave Cabrini a 6-2 lead after 15 minutes.

The Cavaliers expanded their lead in the second quarter, as they outscored Neumann 7-2. Leyden led the way with a hat trick in a three minute span early in the period. Sobieski found sophomore Kevin MacQuilliam for a goal at the 1:50 mark of the period, sending Cabrini into the half with a 12-4 lead.

Cabrini removed any doubt of the outcome over the next 22 minutes of action, as it outscored the Knights 12-1, with nine different players found the back of the net. Leyden, Sobieki and Downey led the run with two goals each.

Junior Chris Knight led the Knights (6-10) with three goals, while sophomore Lee Ryan added a pair of goals.

Cabrini will face Marywood (10-7) in Saturday's championship game, after the Pacers downed Gwynedd Mercy 14-6 today in Scranton. This will mark the third times the teams have met in the championship game and the first since 2011. The Cavaliers scored an 18-8 win over the Pacers on April 5 behind a program record 13 points from Elmer.

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