Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/11
From Press Releases
The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team had its 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament come to a close today with a 13-8 loss in the second round at No. 3 Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.
Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) concludes his Cavaliers’ career with four points on two goals and two assists in the loss.
Cabrini (13-6) trailed by six goals, 9-3, in the early-goings of the third quarter. However, a 5-2 run from the Cavaliers to close out the third and open the fourth pulled the visitors within three scores, 11-8, with 11:34 remaining.
Yet, Stevenson iced the victory with two goals in the final 4:58, ending Cabrini’s season for the third straight year.
Skulski ends his Cabrini tenure with 226 career points, ranking fourth in program history. His 109 career assists and 117 career goals list third and fourth all-time, respectively.
Junior attackman Brian Hill (Ridley/3G) and sophomore attackman Jeff Crosby (2G, 1A) each recorded three points. Sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp totaled two points with one score and one helper.
Hill, Thorp and junior defenseman John McSorley (Ridley) led the Cavaliers in the hustle department, each scooping a team-high three groundballs. Stevenson owned a 33-19 advantage in loose balls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki made his 38th straight start and posted 16 saves, his third-highest single-game total of the season.
Stevenson (18-2) jumped out to a quick 3-0 advantage and owned a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Neal Barthelme scored two of his game-high six goals in the opening period.
The Cavaliers twice trailed by just one goal in the first half, including a 4-3 deficit after a goal from Crosby at the 11:57 mark of the second quarter. The Mustangs stretched their lead to three goals, 6-3, at the intermission.
Stevenson ballooned its cushion to a game-high six goals, 9-3, at the 10:03 mark of the third quarter. Hill sparked the Blue & White rally with his second score of the contest with 9:31 before the fourth stanza.
The Cavaliers trailed by three goals, 11-8, with 11:34 left in the fourth quarter after consecutive goals from Crosby and Thorp.
Barthelme halted the run with his sixth goal of the game with 4:58 remaining. Barthelme led the SU attack with six points on six goals.
Jimmy Dailey, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year, was limited to three points on three assists. Tyler Reid scored two goals in the victory.
Ray Witte helped the Mustangs offense with his performance in the face-off circle, winning 14-of-23 draw attempts. Ian Bolland notched 11 saves.
Skulski’s career comes to a close with nine classmates, including Jimmy Barraclough, Bryan Churchey, Jordan Coeyman, Mike Gurenlian, Mark Hamilton, Steve Heaps, Anthony Mazza, Joe Strain and Dan Terenick.
Gurenlian’s collegiate tenure concludes as the program’s all-time leader in career face-off wins with 367. Heaps, a USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2010, reaches 160 career groundballs, while Terenick has totaled 106 career points with 76 goals and 30 assists.
This senior class has been a part four Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) titles, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and 60 overall victories.