February 28, 2009

No. 5 Cabrini Buries Black Squirrels

from staff reports

Casey Grugan had two goals and three assists to lift fifth-ranked Cabrini to a convincing, 15-3 victory over Haverford on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers raced out to an 11-0 lead before the No. 12 Black Squirrels were able to get on the board.
© Kevin P. Tucker

RADNOR, Pa. - The No. 5 Cabrini men's lacrosse team made a statement Saturday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field, surging to a convincing 15-3 win against local rival No. 12 Haverford College. Junior attackman Casey Grugan charged the Cavaliers with a game-high five points.

Grugan extended his consecutive points streak to 40 games, scoring two goals and adding three assists in the win. He is now just five goals shy of the century mark for his Cabrini career.

Senior attackman Scott Reimer, junior midfielder Rich Romanelli and sophomore midfielder Paul Skulski each totaled three points. Reimer and Romanelli deposited hat tricks, while Skulski buried one goal and dished two helpers.

Senior midfielders Dan Terenick and Matt Conaway each posted two points. Terenick tallied two markers and Conaway added one score and one assist.

Cabrini's control throughout started with its success at the X. Senior face-off specialist Mike Dolente won a game-high 8-of-11 draws. Classmate Kevin Fahey recorded 6-of-8 face-off victories. The Blue & White won 16-of-22 face-offs as a team.

The Cavaliers owned a 46-32 advantage on groundballs. Senior defenseman Jeff Moore tallied a game-high six groundballs and forced five turnovers. Senior midfielder Pat Grenier notched four groundballs.

Senior goalie Kevin Chenoweth continues his steady play in the early part of the season. Chenoweth logged all 60 minutes in the cage for Cabrini, making eight saves. He kept the Black Squirrels off the scoreboard until the 9:06 mark of the third period.

The Cavaliers pounced on Haverford in the opening two periods, racing to a 9-0 cushion at the intermission. Romanelli opened the offensive barrage with his first goal of the game. Skulski, Romanelli and Reimer each deposited one goal to end the period, providing the hosts a 4-0 edge.

Freshman attackman Brian Hill sustained the run in the second quarter, scoring his lone goal of the contest on a spin move in front of the cage. Terenick, Conaway, Grugan and freshman defenseman John McSorley closed out the half with one score each.

Grugan's tally with 26 seconds before halftime came on a roll-out from behind the Haverford goal. The junior dodged a Black Squirrels' long pole and uncorked a laser that tucked inside the corner of the cage.

McSorley's first career goal came off a Haverford turnover. The rookie close defender scooped a groundball and sprinted three-quarters of the field before beating freshman goalie Joe Banno low.

Cabrini opened the second half with two quick strikes from Grugan and Reimer. The Black Squirrels ended its scoreless streak with a goal from freshman defenseman Dillon Hamill.

Reimer added his third marker of the game and Terenick again found the back of the cage, handing the Cavaliers a commanding 13-1 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

After two scores from Haverford, senior midfielder B.J. Kletcheck cashed in his first goal of the season. Romanelli capped the game's scoring with his fifth of the season.

The win was Cabrini's fourth straight against its local rival. The Cavaliers twice knocked off the Black Squirrels last season, including a 13-10 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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