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Men’s playoffs: Cabrini routs Centenary for 13th straight league crown

Saturday, 4th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/4/13
From Press Release

The No. 5 Cabrini men’s lacrosse team continued its dominance of the Colonial States Athletic Conference, claiming its 13th consecutive league championship with today’s 24-3 win over the visiting Centenary College Cyclones at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The victory extends the Blue and White’s win streak over conference opponents to 121 straight regular season and conference victories.

Junior Corey Elmer claimed Most Valuable Player honors after scoring seven points for the ninth time this season. Elmer totaled five goals and two assists, becoming the first player in program history to record 100 points in a single season. The junior is now tied for 5th on the single season goal list with 15 and tops the single season assist list with 49.

Elmer was just one of 12 Cavaliers to find the back of the net in today’s win. Senior Bobby Thorp (Cherokee) added four goals, while junior JoJo Cooper and sophomore Ben Laffoon recorded career highs with three goals each.

By virtue of today’s win, Cabrini (14-3) will make its 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers must wait until 10:00 p.m. Sunday night to learn their tournament fate on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Selection Show on NCAA.com.

It took the Blue and White a few minutes in the early going to figure out the Centenary defensive scheme but Cooper’s rocket shot from the wing opened the score book with 10:48 left in the opening period. Just over two minutes later, sophomore Anthony DiSanzo’s 26th goal of the season doubled the lead.

Cabrini extended its lead with a 3-0 spurt over a 1:29 span late in the first quarter. Goals by Thorp, sophomore Ethan Heisman (Henderson) and Cooper game the Blue and White a comfortable 5-0 lead after 15 minutes of action.

Elmer found Thorp just 65 seconds into the second quarter for the senior’s second goal of the afternoon. Centenary senior Robert Nuzzolese put the Cyclones on the board with just over 13 minutes to play before halftime. Elmer posted his first goal at the 10 minutes mark of the period, extending the lead to 8-1. Forty seconds later, DiSanzo connected with freshman Evan Allvord (Kennett) for the rookie’s third career goal.

Nuzzolese added his second of the afternoon midway through the second period before Cabrini blew the game open in the final 3:45 of the first half. Elmer completed his hat trick with a pair of goals at the 3:45 and 1:58 marks.

Eleven seconds later, sophomore Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) marked the scoring column with an unassisted goal. Laffoon added two of his three goals in the final 73 seconds of the half, sending the Blue and White to halftime with a commanding 14-2 lead.

The halftime break did nothing to slow the Cavaliers as Sobieski opened the second half with his second goal at the 12:32 mark. Elmer’s fourth tally came at 10:39, assisted by sophomore Mike Leyden (Haverford High). Senior defenseman Andrew Kvech scooped the groundball on the ensuing faceoff and sped to the net, scoring his second career goal, both coming in the last two games.

Thorp added his fourth with just under 10 minutes left in the period on Layne’s second helper of the day. Cooper completed his hat trick with 6:13left in the third after he worked a give and go fast break with senior Vince Silveira. Elmer closed his day with his record setting goal with just over five minutes to play in the period.

Cyclones senior Conor Nolan recorded a goal with 19 seconds left in the period. Just as it looked like Centenary could carry some momentum into the final period, Laffoon completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal, ending the quarter with Cabrini leading 21-3.

Sophomore Eric Streicher (Ridley) recorded his fourth goal of the year with seven minutes on the clock, just one minute before junior Joey Shallow (Lower Merion) found the net. Freshman Bruce Overbay closed the game’s scoring with just under five minutes on the clock with his ninth goal of the year.

Sophomore Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) sparked the Cavaliers with 18 faceoff wins in 25 chances. Kvech scooped a game high six ground balls, while Cooper added five.

Senior Tim Grenier (Ridley) and junior Bill McCabe (Spring-Ford) forced two turnovers each for the Cavaliers. Freshman goaltender Chris Treat (Haverford High) improved to 12-1 after stopping eight shots.

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