March 29, 2014

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Cavalier Attitude: No. 3 Cabrini Roasts No. 9 Ithaca

from press release

Damien Sobieski scored four goals, helping No. 3 Cabrini rally from an early deficit to down No. 9 Ithaca, 20-11. (Kevin P. Tucker)

RADNOR, Pa. – After a slow start, the No. 3 Cabrini men's lacrosse team circled the wagons and rallied for a 20-11 win over the No. 9 Ithaca College Bombers in the rain at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The victory improved the Blue and White to a perfect 9-0, improving the program's best ever start.

Junior Anthony DiSanzo matched a career high with six goals to lead the Cavaliers. Fellow junior Mike Leyden matched a career high with five points on four goals and an assist, including his 100th career point, while junior Damian Sobieski added four goals.

The Bombers put the Cavaliers on their heels from the opening faceoff, scoring just seven minutes into the action. By the 9:45 mark of the first quarter, Cabrini found itself in its biggest hole of the season, trailing 4-0. Sobieski and junior Tyler Johnston cut in the deficit with unassisted goals late in the period, cutting Ithaca's lead to 4-2 after one quarter.

The Bombers got one of the goals back in the opening minute of the second quarter before Cabrini responded in a big way. Over a 9:40 span of the second quarter, Cabrini tallied seven unanswered goals to take control of the game.

Leyden opened the run with a pair of goals before freshman Evan Downey found the back of the net to tie the score at 5-5 with just under nine minutes left in the quarter. Sobieski netted a pair of goals, including a man-up tally, in a span of 31 seconds. Goals by junior Frankie Magazu and DiSanzo sent Cabrini into the halftime break with a 9-5 lead.

The scoring binge continued into the third quarter as DiSanzo and Leyden extended the lead to 11-5 with goals separated by just 17 seconds. The Bombers broke the run with two goals in the next 39 seconds cutting its deficit back to 11-7, but again Cabrini had an answer, as DiSanzo and Sobieski closed the period with goals, extending the advantage to 13-6.

Following an Ithaca goal to open the fourth quarter, Leyden reached his centennial point with 12:12 left in the game. Sobieski fourth tally of the afternoon came just 19 seconds later. The Bombers posted two more goals before Cabrini removed any doubt that remained. The Blue and White tallied five goals over the next five minutes to put the game away.

DiSanzo recorded his fifth goal at the 9:28 mark. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Cole Campbell scooped a loose ball into the net. Junior faceoff specialist Anthony DeNenno found senior Corey Elmer for a goal five seconds later. A Bomber goal interrupted the spurt, before Elmer and DiSanzo closed the scoring.

After struggling in the first quarter, DiNenno found his way at the faceoff spot, winning 19-33 chances, including 6-7 in the third quarter. The junior also scooped a game high 10 ground balls, while freshman goaltender Austin Marshall scooped five and four other players four each. Senior Matt Ward, Johnston, and sophomores Brian Kittredge and Dan Hopson caused two turnovers each.

Marshall improved to 4-0 between the pipes, recording nine saves in the win.

Freshman John Januszkiewicz led Ithaca (7-2) with four goals and an assist, while seniors Pat Slawta and Ryan Burns added two goals each. Sophomore goaltender Scott Sidman recorded seven saves in the loss.

The Blue and White will have some time to recover as it doesn't return to action until next Saturday, when it travels to Scranton, Pa. to face Marywood University (3-6, 0-0 CSAC). Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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