Elmer, Cabrini Stomp Springfield, RIT Up Next
from press release
RADNOR, Pa. – After surrendering three goals in the final 2:04 of the first quarter, the Cabrini men's lacrosse team used a dominant second quarter to pull away from Springfield College in tonight's NCAA Tournament opener at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Blue and White outscored the Pride 7-0 in the period, en route to a 20-8 victory.
With the win, the Cavaliers extend their current win streak to 12 games and improve to 15-3 on the year. The victory sends Cabrini to New York for the weekend, where it will face No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday.
Corey Elmer paced the Cavaliers with his seventh eight point game of the season, pairing four goals and four assists. Senior Bobby Thorp and sophomore Mike Leyden added five points each on seven goals and three helpers. Thorp posted three goals, while Leyden tallied four goals.
The Cavaliers took control of the game early, recording three goals in a one minute span in the game's opening minutes. Leyden opened the scoring before Elmer and Thorp found the net. Junior Matt Biegel added a man-up goal at 9:35, giving Cabrini a 4-0 lead. Following a Springfield goal, sophomore Anthony DiSanzo tallied the first of his three on the game. The Pride grabbed the game's momentum late in the period, cutting the Blue and White advantage to 5-4 after 15 minutes.
It didn't take Cabrini long to regain control of the game as junior defenseman Bill McCabe scored his first goal of the season 75 seconds into the quarter. Leyden tallied his second of the game with just under nine minutes to play. DiSanzo's second came just 80 seconds later, extending the lead to 5-4.
With 5:12 left before the half, sophomore Ethan Heisman scored the first of his two goals. Heisman recorded his second assist of the quarter at the 2:09 mark, finding Thorp for the senior's 42nd goal of the season. Elmer completed the period with two goals in the final two minutes, including one with just three seconds remaining, sending the teams into the break with Cabrini leading 12-4.
The Cavaliers' maintained their eight goal through the third quarter as the clubs exchanged goals. Springfield sophomore Bryce Serriello and freshman Brendan Boss netted goals, while Heisman and Leyden found the net for Cabrini.
The Blue and White removed any doubt about the game's outcome in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter. DiSanzo completed his hat trick one minute into the final quarter. Elmer posted his 55th goal of the season 76 seconds later.
After the ensuing faceoff, senior Andrew Kvech found sophomore Damian Sobieski streaking to the goal for his 25th of the season just 13 seconds after Elmer's goal. Senior Andrew Protenic netted an unassisted tally at 11:40, 59 seconds before Thorp completed his hat trick. Leyden closed Cabrini's scoring with 5:50 to play off an pass from rookie Evan Allvord.
The Blue and White outshot Springfield 60-28 and scooped 55 ground balls to the Pride's 38. Kvech and sophomore Anthony DiNenno combined for 16 ground balls, giving each 225 for their career as they sit tied as Cabrini's ground ball leaders. Kvech also matched a career high with five caused turnovers, while DiSanzo and junior JoJo Cooper caused two each.
Freshman Chris Treat scored his first NCAA Tournament win with eight saves.
Boss led the Pride (10-8) with three goals, while junior Kevin Freeman tallied three assists. Junior goaltenders Connor Nash and Robert Maher combined for 19 saves.
Saturday's game will mark the first between the Cavaliers and RIT. The Tigers received a bye into the second round after posting a 16-2 mark and capturing their second consecutive Liberty League title. RIT topped Clarkson University 10-9 in overtime to reclaim the conference crown.