Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/6/09
The victory advances the No. 15 Cavaliers (15-3) to a second-round date Saturday at No. 1 Stevenson University. Game time is to be announced.
Junior attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley) sparked the Cavaliers’ offense with five points on four goals and one assist. Grugan’s one assist increased his 2009 total to 44, passing Athletic Hall of Fame honoree Tom Lemieux’s 2002 performance and setting a new single-season program record.
Grugan also extended the nation’s second-longest consecutive points streak to 56 games. He has recorded at least one point in each game of his Cabrini career.
Sophomore midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) also recorded five points, pairing two goals with three assists. Senior attackman Scott Reimer (Downingtown West), the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in points (254) and goals (231), notched four points on four goals.
Senior midfielder Kevin Fahey and freshman attackman Brian Hill (Ridley) each tallied two points on one goal and one assist. Cabrini owned a 44-29 advantage in groundballs. Senior Jeff Moore (Springfield-Delco), the program’s all-time leader (210), led the Cavaliers’ efforts with five groundballs.
Behind Fahey and senior Mike Dolente (Spring-Ford), the Blue & White controlled the face-off circle, winning 17-of-23 attempts. Dolente went a staggering 11-for-12 at the X. Fahey posted six wins in nine tries.
Senior goalkeeper Kevin Chenoweth played all 60 minutes against the Red Hawks, totaling 11 saves and earning his 15th win of the season.
The Cavaliers led just 2-0 at the end of the first quarter following an unassisted marker from Grugan and a score from senior Christian Burrows (The Woodlynde School) off a feed from Hill.
The Blue & White held a 6-1 advantage at the intermission. Grugan struck first in the second quarter with a goal at the 7:09 mark. He concluded the first half’s scoring with a goal at the 3:38 mark.
Grugan’s last goal of the second quarter triggered a 9-0 run from the Cavaliers, racing to a 14-1 cushion with 13:51 remaining in the contest.
Montclair State deposited two unanswered goals mid-way through the fourth period. However, Cabrini closed out the game with three straight scores, including Skulski’s second.
Sophomore attackman Tyler Meth led the Red Hawks with two points on one goal and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Thomas Bowers claimed 17 saves in the loss. Montclair State was making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament all-time.
The Cavaliers’ 17 goals is a program record in an NCAA Tournament game, surpassing last season’s 13-score output against local rival Haverford College in the second round.
Roanoke College 14, Cabrini 9
The Cavaliers (12-5) were outscorded, 9-5, in the second half and fell in their first-round NCAA contest. Kerri Ricker (Ridley) and Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley) scored two goals each to lead the Cavaliers. Jamie O’Hanlon (Springfield-Delco) added a goal and an assist while Kate Schmid (St. Hubert) collected three groundballs, caused four turnovers and stopped 20 shots in the losing effort.
Catholic 9, Messiah 8, OT
Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale Catholic) scored the game-winner in OT to lift Catholic (16-3) to a first-round NCAA victory. Rachel Dirksen (Abington) had two goals for Messiah (14-5).