Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/17/12
From Press Release
The Cabrini College men’s lacrosse season came to an end Wednesday night at with a 14-4 loss at No. 1 Salisbury University in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The Cavaliers end the campaign with a 17-3 overall record, tied with the 2008 team for the best record in school history.
The Sea Gulls jumped out to an early lead, scoring the game’s first goal 46 seconds into play and opening a 4-0 lead in the first quarter.
Freshman Anthony DiSanzo got the Cavaliers on the score board, scoring his 19th goal of the season with 20 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Salisbury extended its advantage to 6-1 midway through the second quarter. Senior Brian Hill (Ridley) found freshman Mike Leyden (Haverford High) for the rookie’s 25th score of the season. After 30 minutes of action, the Blue and White found itself trailing 6-2.
While Cabrini returned to the field after halftime with aspirations of cutting in to Salisbury’s lead, the Sea Gulls had other ideas. Salisbury scored four goals in the first six minutes of the third quarter, extending its lead to 11-2.
The Cavaliers stopped the Sea Gulls run at the 6:14 mark of the period when junior Bobby Thorp (Cherokee) hooked up with sophomore Matt Biegel (West Chester East). Biegel’s 25th goal of the season cut Cabrini’s deficit to 11-3.
Salisbury added three more goals in the period, extending its lead to 14-3 with one period to play.
With 10:36 left in the game, Hill recorded his 47th tally of the season on a Thorp assist.
Thorp and Hill, Cabrini’s leading scorers throughout the season, led the Blue and White with two points each.
Freshman Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) secured a team-high five ground balls, while senior defenseman John McSorley (Ridley) added four.
Freshman Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) caused a game-high three turnovers. McSorley also added a pair of caused turnovers to Cabrini’s defensive effort.
Junior goaltender Erick Zarzecki recorded eight saves in the loss.
Senior Sam Bradman led the Sea Gulls with seven points on six goals and an assists in the win. Fellow seniors Matt Cannone and Erik Krum combined for five goals and five assists.
Salisbury will face Stevenson University in one of two national semifinals to be played this weekend. Tufts University and SUNY-Cortland will meet in the other semifinal.
The winners will play for the national championship on Sunday, May 27 in Foxboro, Mass.
Tonight’s loss ends the careers of Cabrini’s four seniors, Joe Arrell (Springfield-Delco), Hill, McSorley and Andrew Zelinski. As a group, this foursome is among the most successful classes in program history.
They have led the Cavaliers to a 60-17 overall record, including 24 consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) regular season wins and four league titles.
They have also reached at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament in all four years.
This senior class has collectively started 281 games, recording 301 points including 177 goals. They have caused 199 turnovers and secured 499 ground balls.