Cabrini Wins 11th Straight CSAC Crown
from press release
RADNOR, Pa. – The Cabrini men's lacrosse team has captured the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) title for the 11th straight season and will play in the NCAA Tournament for the 10 consecutive year following a 9-6 win against Marywood University in championship game on Saturday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
Senior face-off specialist Joe Strain (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) was named the game's most valuable player, winning 6-of-10 draw attempts and scooping a team-best six groundballs. Strain was especially brilliant in the fourth quarter, winning 5-of-7 face-offs at a critical juncture.
Cabrini led for more than 51 minutes on Saturday until Marywood netted three unanswered goals to begin the fourth quarter and pulled even, 6-6, at the 9:04 mark.
However, the Cavaliers closed the game on a 3-0 run over the final seven minutes to clinch the victory. Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Woodlynn, Pa./Ridley HS) handed the Blue & White a lead it would never relinquish with his second goal of the game at the 6:45 mark.
Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) added two insurance goals for the Cavaliers at the 2:20 mark and with just 1:28 remaining.
Skulski led the Cabrini offense in the victory, posting five points with three goals and two assists. Terenick tallied four points, including the 100th of his career, with two scores and two helpers. Terenick is the 18th player in program history to reach 100 career points and second this season, joining junior attackman Brian Hill.
Sophomore attackman Jeff Crosby (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS) totaled three points with two goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) notched two points, pairing one goal with one assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) made his 36th consecutive start between the pipes and recorded 11 saves for his 27th career win. Zarzecki tallied six saves in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage and led 5-2 at the intermission. Crosby scored two of Cabrini's first three goals. Skulski scored one goal and handed out two assists in the first half.
Marywood (11-6) trimmed its deficit to just two scores, 5-3, with a goal from Gregory Nestor at the 2:07 mark of the third quarter. The Blue & White pushed its lead back to three goals, 6-3, after Thorp found the back of the twine with just eight seconds left before the fourth.
Then, the Pacers made their move and seized the game's momentum, scoring three straight to open the final period and pull even, 6-6, with 9:04 left. Marcus Janda's equalizer came just 15 seconds after Nick Parks made it a one-goal contest.
Yet, the Cavaliers displayed resolve in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter, led by Strain's play at the face-off X. Terenick deposited the eventual game-winning goal with 6:45 remaining.
George Downey IV led the Marywood attack with three points on three goals. Janda also tallied three points, scoring one goal and handing out two assists.
Jesse Habich turned away 16 shots for the Pacers in the loss.
Head coach Steve Colfer, in his 11th season at Cabrini, is the architect behind the Cavaliers' run of success in CSAC play. Today, he claimed his 150th career victory in 192 games on the sideline. Beginning the 2011 season, Colfer listed second among active Division III coaches in winning percentage (.789) and third all-time.
The win clinches the CSAC crown for the 11th straight for the Cavaliers under Colfer's leadership. Including the postseason, Cabrini has won 104 consecutive contests versus conference opponents.
Cabrini (12-5) will learn of its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday. The NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Selection Committee will announced the tournament field via www.ncaa.com on Sunday at 10 p.m.