Hill Leads Cabrini Past Widener, Stevenson Awaits in Second Round
from press release
RADNOR, Pa. – For the fourth straight season, the Cabrini men's lacrosse team has opened its NCAA Tournament play with a victory, downing local rival Widener University, 16-9 on Wednesday night at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The win improves the Cavaliers' record to 4-1 all-time at home in the national tournament.
Junior attackman Brian Hill (Folsom, Pa./Ridley HS) powered the Cabrini offense, totaling six points with three goals, on just five shots, and three assists. Hill posted four points with one goal and three assists through the opening two quarters.
Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Woodlynn, Pa./Ridley HS) totaled five points, pairing four goals with one assist. Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) and sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) each recorded four points with two scores and two helpers.
Sophomore attackman Jeff Crosby (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS) contributed two points with two goals.
The Cavaliers owned a decisive advantage in groundball department, 46-29. Senior midfielder Joe Strain (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) and sophomore defenseman Andrew Kvech (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph HS) led the Blue & White charge, each scooping a team-best five loose balls.
Strain and senior midfielder Mike Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco HS) helped the Cavaliers to a commanding 22-for-29 performance in the draw circle. Gurenlian won 13-of-16 attempts, while Strain, the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship game most valuable player, went 9-for-13.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) earned his 28th career victory between the pipes, stopping 11 shots in his 37th consecutive start for the Blue & White.
The Cavaliers jumped out early on the Pride and never looked back, racing to a 3-0 advantage with 8:35 remaining in the first quarter. Cabrini scored its first four goals of the game, and led 4-1 at the 4:18 mark, on just eight shot attempts.
The Blue & White held a 5-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter and took a 10-5 cushion into the intermission. Terenick also notched four points in the opening 30 minutes with three goals and one assist.
Cabrini put together a 4-0 run to close out the second quarter and opened the third period en route to a 12-5 lead. Terenick and Thorp scored two goals separated by only 12 seconds to begin the third quarter.
However, Widener (15-3) answered with a 4-1 spurt into the early minutes of the fourth period and pulled within four scores, 13-9, with 11:40 remaining.
Yet, the Cavaliers closed the contest with three unanswered goals in the final 11:24. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Layne (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep) put a stamp on the Cabrini victory with an unassisted tally with only 90 seconds left in the contest.
Johnny Casey led the Widener attack with five points on four goals and one assist. Josh Fox tallied three points with one goal and two assists.
Bobby Schluter made the start for the Pride in between the pipes and played more than 25 minutes in the first half, posting 10 saves. Mac Nestler came on in relief before the intermission and played the remainder of the game, recording seven stops.
The win improves the Cavaliers record to 6-5 all-time versus Widener in a series that dates back to the 1995 campaign. The Blue & White has now won four straight against the Pride dating back to the 2008 campaign.
Tonight marked the second meeting all-time between Cabrini and Widener in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers captured their first national tournament win in program history with a 13-8 victory versus the Pride in the 2003 first round.
For the third time in three seasons, Cabrini (13-5) advances to the NCAA Tournament Second Round and will play at No. 3 Stevenson University on Saturday, May 14. Game time against the Mustangs is to be determined.