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NCAA men’s lacrosse: Cabrini topples Dickinson, 12-7, in second round to reach Elite Eight

Saturday, 12th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/12/12
From Press Release

Visiting Cabrini jumped out to a quick start and held on to topple host Dickinson College, 12-7, today in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

Cabrini improves to 17-2 overall and advances to the “Elite Eight”. They will face the winner of the Goucher-Salisbury match-up on Wednesday. Goucher and Salisbury are set to face-off at 7:00 pm tonight.

The Cavaliers wasted little time putting a goal on the board as Corey Elmer found the net just 1:12 into the contest, scoring off an assist from Anthony DiSanzo. Brian Hill (Ridley) scored off an assist from Andrew Layne (Malvern Prep) to put Cabrini in front, 2-0, with 13:13 on the clock.

The Cavs would stretch the lead to 5-0 before the Red Devils answered at the 3:17 mark. Junior Christian Beitel put the Devils on the board with an unassisted goal before sophomore Brian Cannon scored off an assist from Matt Cherry (Radnor) with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Cavaliers tacked on a late goal as Elmer fed Mike Leyden (Haverford High, two goals) with eight seconds on the clock to put Cabrini up, 6-2, at the end of the first.

The Red Devils capitalized on a pair of Cabrini penalties. Senior Sam Greenberg tallied a pair of extra-man goals, scoring off assists from Cannon and sophomore Will Scott (Emmaus) to pull the Devils within two at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter.

Senior Bobby Kingsley found Beitel for another Dickinson goal to pull the Devils within one, with 5:01 to play in the half. Hill dodged and scored to give Cabrini a 9-7 advantage at halftime.

Emler scored off an assist from Bobby Thorp to open the second half, putting the Cavaliers up, 10-7, with 11:28 on the clock. Sophomore Tyler White (Penn Charter) ripped a shot into the net off a great skip pass from Cannon with 7:38 to play in the quarter. Thorp answered at the 2:18 mark, scoring off a beautiful assist from long pole John McSorley (Ridley) to give Cabrini an 11-8 lead.

Cherry pulled the Devils within two again, scoring with just one second remaining in the third period. Defense, transition and turnovers were the story of the final quarter. Cabrini would score the only three goals of the period, including what proved to be an empty net goal as the Devils looked to rally.

Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove, two goals) scored the first goal of the period with just 3:37 remaining in the game. The Cavs added tallies at the 1:33 mark and Thorp struck with 57 seconds to play for the final of 12-7.

Thorp led the Cavaliers with three goals and an assist while Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) won 13 of 21 face-offs. Elmer tallied a pair of goals and two assists. Erick Zerzecki made nine saves and controlled a pair of ground balls in the nets for Cabrini.

The Red Devils finish 15-4 overall, ranked 11th in the USILA National Coaches Poll. They made their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the “Sweet Sixteen” for the second straight year.



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