Cabrini Wins 13th Consecutive Conference Title
from press release
RADNOR, Pa. – For the 12th consecutive year, the Cabrini College men's lacrosse team maintained its spot atop the Colonial states Athletic Conference (CSAC) after today's 13-3 championship win over Gwynedd-Mercy College.
The win secures the team's 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and extends its win streak over conference foes to 113 regular and postseason games.
Cabrini freshman Anthony DiNenno secured Most Valuable Player accolades after sparking the Blue and White's offense with 16 faceoff wins in 18 chances.
Senior Brian Hill led the Cavaliers (15-2) with five points on two goals and three assists. Junior Bobby Thorp added an assist to his pair of goals.
Thorp opened the Cabrini score book less than 90 seconds into the action as the junior converted a Hill pass. Freshman Mike Leyden's 20th goal of the year doubled Cabrini's lead at the 10:52 mark.
Sophomore Corey Elmer converted a Hill pass into a 3-0 lead with five minutes left in the opening period. A Griffins goal with 3:33 to play cut into the Cavaliers' lead, but the Blue and White ended the quarter with a 3-1 lead.
Freshman Anthony DiSanzo's 17th goal of the season extended Cabrini's lead to 4-1 midway through the second quarter. After another Gwynedd-Mercy tally, freshman Ben Laffoon found the net giving the Blue and White a 5-2 lead at the half.
The Hill to Thorp connection struck again five minutes into the third quarter. Three goals in a 46 second span late in the third period extended Cabrini's lead to 9-2. Junior Andrew Layne found Hill for the senior's 39th score of the year.
Thirty second later, Layne sliced through the Griffins' defense for an unassisted tally. Senior John McSorley completed the spurt with his fifth goal of the season.
Hill again found the back of the cage five minutes into the final period on an assist from sophomore Matt Biegel. Two minutes later, sophomore JoJo Cooper secured the rebound of a shot by freshman Damian Sobieski and converted it into Cabrini's 11th goal of the day.
Less than a minute later, Sobieski marked the score card with an unassisted goal. With just north of five minutes to play, Biegel added a goal to his earlier assist for the Blue and White's 13th score of the game.
The Cavaliers outshot Gwynedd-Mercy 49-16, forcing Griffins goaltender Ryley O'Keefe to make 17 saves.
DiNenno lead Cabrini with eight ground balls, while Cooper and junior Tyler Grau secured five each.
Cabrini's junior backstop Erick Zarzecki improved his nation's best goals against average to 4.29 after recording seven saves on the day.
McSorley and Andrew Kvech cause three turnovers each, while Cooper forced a pair.
Gwynedd-Mercy senior Craig Trueblood led the Griffins (10-6) with a pair of goals.
The Blue and White will learn their NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. when the NCAA broadcasts its Selection Show on NCAA.com.
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