February 26, 2011

No. 7 Haverford Downs No. 14 Cabrini, 6-5

from press release

RADNOR, Pa. – The No. 14 Cabrini men's lacrosse team suffered a narrow 6-5 season-opening loss versus local rival No. 7 Haverford College on Saturday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Black Squirrels scored five unanswered goals and out-scored the Cavaliers 5-1 in the second half en route to the victory.

Senior attackman Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) led the Cabrini offense, recording three points with two goals one assist. Skulski's second goal of the contest with 3:47 remaining in the fourth quarter pulled the Cavaliers within one score.

The Blue & White won the ensuing face-off and had two possessions down the stretch with a chance to even the count, but could not convert the game's equalizer. Haverford junior goalkeeper Joe Banno stopped 19 shots in the win.

Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Woodlynn, Pa./Ridley HS) contributed two points for the Cavaliers, scoring two goals. Sophomore attackman Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) also netted one goal. Sophomore midfielder Brandon Dunn (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga HS) dished two assists.

Cabrini owned a 2-0 advantage after one quarter. Skulski opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 8:21 mark. Terenick pushed the lead to two goals on his first goal of the game with just one second remaining in the period.

After the Black Squirrels cut the Cavaliers' lead to one goal, 2-1, the Blue & White closed the opening half with two scores, a second from Terenick and one from Thorp. Cabrini out-shot the Black Squirrels in the first half, 23-6, and for the game, 37-21.

However, Haverford keyed the game's decisive 5-0 run with three goals in the third quarter, erasing its 4-1 deficit and tying the contest heading into the final stanza. Senior midfielder Travis Gregory netted one goal and added one assist for the Black Squirrels in the third.

Haverford took its first lead of the game on Gregory's second tally at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter. Freshman attackman Nick Schoen deposited the eventual game-winning goal with 7:01 remaining.

Gregory finished with three points, pairing two goals with one assist. Junior midfielder Phillip Valliant tallied two points, scoring one goal and dishing one assist.

Senior attackman Max Hjelm handed out two assists. Hjelm was limited on the offensive end by Cabrini junior defenseman John McSorley (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley HS) after notching four goals against the Cavaliers last season.

McSorley and senior defenseman Steve Heaps (Street, Md./North Harford HS) each caused three turnovers. McSorley led the Blue & White in the hustle category with six groundballs. Cabrini won the groundball battle, 41-26.

The Cavaliers and Black Squirrels split 14 face-off opportunities. Senior face-off specialist Mike Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco) HS) won 7-of-12 tries for the Blue & White.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) made six saves for the Cavaliers in the loss.

The victory is Haverford's second straight against the Blue & White. The Black Squirrels also captured a one-goal victory, 9-8, against the Cavaliers.

Cabrini (0-1) plays its second of four straight at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Saturday, March 5 against No. 10 Lynchburg College. Face-off against the Hornets is set for 1 p.m.


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