Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/11
When Lynchburg College (2-1, ranked No. 11) visits Cabrini College (1-1, ranked No. 17) today for a non-conference men’s lacrosse game at noon, it will feature a showdown of Philly-area rosters.
The visiting Hornets’ offense is led by junior attackman Dylan Hoff (Downingtown East), a former Rookie of the Year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American selection. Hoff was the team’s leading scorer last year and leads Lynchburg with 6 goals and 3 assists.
The Hornets defense is anchored by a pair of high school teammates in sophomores Jon Gill (Unionville) at LSM and Joe Lisicky (Unionville) at close defense. All three players were selected by the ODAC coaches to the preseason all-conference team.
Key reserves for the Hornets include junior defenseman Rob Day (Lansdale Catholic) and junior LSM Ben Wright (Central Bucks East), while newcomers to the team this year include attackman David Alyanakian (Strath Haven), a transfer from the University of Delaware, and midfielder Campbell Armstrong (Great Valley).
Almost half of the Cabrini squad hails from the Philly area, two of whom were also selected as Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans – senior midfilelder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) and senior face-off specialist Mike Gurenlian (Springfield-Delco). This past weekend Skulski scored twice and Gurenlian won 7 of 12 face-offs as the Cavaliers dropped a tight 6-5 season opener against Haverford College.
Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Ridley) also netted two goals, including his first with just one second remaining in the first quarter. Head coach Steve Colfer, in his 11th season at the helm of the Cavaliers, received a spirited effort on the defensive end, especially from returning USILA All-America duo senior Steve Heaps and junior John McSorley (Ridley).
Heaps scooped three groundballs and caused three turnovers, while McSorley tallied six groundballs and played strong defense. Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki made his 20th straight start in between the pipes for the Cavaliers, recording six saves in the loss.
Cabrini (0-1) is 0-4 all-time against Lynchburg in a series that dates back to the 1998 season. The Cavaliers are looking to avoid their first 0-2 start to a season since 2005.
Lynchburg has won two straight following a season-opening 13-5 loss at home against Salisbury University on Feb. 19. The Hornets are coming off a 10-1 victory against Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) opponent Marywood University on March 2.