May 2, 2009

Cabrini Routs GMC for CSAC Bid

from press releases

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - The Cabrini women's lacrosse team captured the 2009 Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship and has punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament after a 20-9 win at Gwynedd-Mercy College Saturday. Head coach Jackie Neary, in her 13th season with the Cavaliers, wins her ninth career CSAC championship.

Junior attack Erin Nollen (West Chester, Pa./Henderson), one of four Cabrini players to receive CSAC First Team honors, powered the Cavaliers' offense with a season-high 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Nollen scored five goals in the first half, including three of the game's first five scores.

Junior attack Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley, Pa./Ridley) totaled seven points, scoring six goals and dishing one assist. Sophomore attacks Jaime O'Hanlon (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) (2G, 2A) and Kristen Vernon (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) (3G, 1A) each contributed four points.

Sophomore defender Courtney Davis (Madison, N.J./Madison), earned the game's most valuable player honors, notching a team-best five groundballs and six draw controls. Alexandrowicz also tallied five draw controls.

Junior goalkeeper Kate Schmid (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert's) played all 60 minutes in between the pipes for the Blue & Gray, recording nine saves en route to her 12th win of the season.

Cabrini raced to a 5-0 lead behind Nollen and led 10-4 at the intermission. Alexandrowicz deposited three goals in the first half.

The Cavaliers stretched its lead to nine goals, 14-5, less than eight minutes into the second stanza. Alexandrowicz scored her second goal of the half, off a feed from Nollen, at the 22:20 mark.

After a goal from Gwynedd-Mercy's Shannon Carabba, Cabrini ripped off three straight scores, pushing its advantaged to 11 goals, 17-6, mid-way through the half.

Sophomore attack Colleen Dellostretto led the Griffins's efforts, notching four points on three goals and one assist. Carabba totaled three points on three goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Trisha Timony posted 23 saves in the GMC cage, including 14 alone in the first half.

The Cavaliers will make their sixth appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue & White qualified for five cobnsecutive NCAA Tournaments from 2001-2005.

Saturday's championship game marked the 13th in 13 seasons for Neary at the helm of the Cavaliers.

Cabrini (12-4) will learn of its NCAA Tournament fate Sunday, May 3. The championships brackets will be announced exclusively on CBS College Sports Network. The NCAA Lacrosse Selection Special will air from 10 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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