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Men’s lacrosse preview: Cabrini travels to Stevenson for second-round Division III playoff

Saturday, 14th May 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/11
From Press Releases

For the third straight season, the Cabrini men’s lacrosse team will play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at No. 3 Stevenson University today at the Caves Athletic Conference.

Game time against the Mustangs is set for 1 p.m.

Cabrini and Stevenson has played each of the last two seasons in the national tournament. The Mustangs edged the Cavaliers, 8-7, in 2009 before a 19-9 victory in 2010.

Stevenson, formerly Villa Julie College, is a past affiliate member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (then the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference). Cabrini leads the all-time series against the Mustangs, 11-5, including three consecutive victories in the conference title game from 2004-06.

The Cavaliers are 5-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Cabrini punched its ticket to the second round of the national postseason for the fourth straight year with a convincing 16-9 win against local rival Widener University on April 11 at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Junior attackman Brian Hill (Ridley) powered the Cavaliers’ offense versus the Pride, totaling six points with three goals and three assists. Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Ridley) tallied five points, pairing four scores with one helper.

Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) and sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp each recorded four points with two goals and two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki turned away 11 shots for his 28th career win.

Much of the Blue & White’s success on the offensive end came as a result of its performance in the face-off circle. Cabrini won 22-of-29 draw attempts against Widener, including 7-of-8 in the first quarter. Senior Mike Gurenlian (Springfield-Delco) led the Cavaliers’ charge, winning 13-of-16 tries.

Cabrini is 1-4 this season against nationally-ranked opponents, including three losses by just one goal. Stevenson will be only the second nationally-ranked opponent that the Cavaliers will play on the road.

Stevenson (17-2) earned a first-round bye and has won nine of its last 10 games heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Mustangs lone loss down the stretch came against Salisbury University, 16-14, in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) title game.

Jimmy Dailey, the CAC Player of the Year, leads a potent Stevenson offense and all Division III players with 113 points on 58 goals and 55 assists. Neal Barthelme is tops on the team in goals (67) and lists second in points (88).

The Mustangs’ attack boasts 11 players with at least 15 points. Stevenson is 9-1 at home this season, suffering its lone loss versus Salisbury in the CAC championship.

Ray Witte is 13th nationally in face-off win percentage (.651) and leads the team with 115 groundballs.

Ian Bolland has started all 19 games for the Mustangs between the pipes, and carries with him a 6.09 goals-against average and .598 save percentage.

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