Cabrini Beats Marywood for CSAC Women's Title
from press release
SCRANTON, Pa. – After a one year break,
the Cabrini College women's lacrosse team can once again be called
“Champions” after defeating Marywood 19-16 in the
Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship game.
The Cavaliers' 10th win of the season secured the College's 11th CSAC title in the program's 16 year history. The victory clinches Cabrini's ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach Jackie Neary's squad was led by a trio of freshmen in today's win. Sara Carzo was named the game's Most Valuable Player after posting career highs with four goals and six assists. Carzo's goals came on just four shots.
Lacie Doubet led the Cavaliers with five goals and seven points. Fellow rookie Melissa Scanzano joined Carzo with four goals on the day.
The Cavaliers fell behind in the first minute before responding with four consecutive goals. Scanzano's tally evened the score at the 27:21 mark. Cabrini's first lead's came led than two minutes later as Doubet found sophomore Sarah Means.
Senior Jacky McDermott extended Cabrini's lead 39 seconds on a Carzo pass. Just over nine minutes into the action, junior Christina Pasquariello gave the Blue and White a 4-1 lead. The Pacers evened the score at four with three goals of their own.
Carzo's goal midway through the first half gave Cabrini a short-lived lead as a Marywood tally leveled the score. Unassisted goals by Scanzano and Doubet gave Cabrini a 7-5 lead with 10 minutes left in the half. A Pacers' goal at 9:41 halved Cabrini's lead, but Marywood would get no closer.
The Blue and White immediately responded, as Carzo found the net 10 seconds later. Scores by Pasquariello, Carzo and Doubet gave the Cavaliers an 11-6 cushion with 7:16 left in the half.
Doubet's goal with 2:14 left in the first half sent Cabrini into halftime with a 12-7 lead.
McDermott and Scanzano added to Cabrini's lead with goals in the first three minutes of the second half. After a pair of Marywood goals, Carzo found the back of the cage for the fourth time, giving the Cavaliers a 15-9 lead with 20:46 on the clock.
Marywood continued to fight, cutting their deficit in half with just over 16 minutes to play. Cabrini got two of those goals back when Doubet scored her fourth of the game followed by sophomore Ali May's tally.
After a Pacers' goal, Scanzano and Doubet again extended Cabrini's lead to six goals at 19-13 with 5:39 to play.
Carzo and Doubet each added a pair of assists to their scoring totals.
Cabrini used a balanced team defense to stifle the nation's #9 scoring offense. The Blue and White's sophomore goaltender Janel Folkomer recorded nine saves, while scooping five ground ball and causing three turnovers.
Sophomore Erin McLaughlin secured four ground balls and the trio or junior Kaitlyn Smith, Scanzano and Doubet scooped three each. Doubet, May and Scanzano joined Folkomer with three caused turnovers.
Sophomore Diana D'Achille led the Pacers (14-4) with six goals. Three players added three scores each as the Pacers suffered their first loss to a conference opponent of the season.
The Cavaliers will learn their NCAA fate on the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Selection Show on Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. The show will be broadcast on NCAA.com.