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NCAA men’s playoffs: Cabrini season ends in 22-13 loss at RIT

Saturday, 11th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, NCAA Philly Final Four  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/11/13
From Press Release

The Cabrini College men’s lacrosse season came to an end today, as the No. 5 Cavaliers fell to the No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers 22-13 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The loss snapped the Blue and White’s 11 game win streak, as the Cavalier closed the season at 15-4.

The loss also closes the career of Cabrini’s 16 seniors, one of the most successful classes to go through the program. The group amassed a record of 60-17 overall during their careers, including 25-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference and 5-4 in the NCAA Tournament. The seniors also raised four CSAC championship trophies by a combined score of 66-15.

The group appeared in a combined 694 games, recording 387 points on 225 goals and 162 assists. The also scooped 974 ground balls, forced 257 turnovers and 550 saves.

Sophomore Anthony DiSanzo led the Cavaliers with a career high six goals. Junior Corey Elmer added four points on a pair of goals and assists. Sophomore Ethan Heisman (Henderson) matched Elmer with two goals.

RIT got opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game before the Blue and White responded. Sophomore Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) evened the score less than two minutes later with his 26th goal of the year. Elmer gave Cabrini its first lead of the game forty five seconds later with his first goal of the day.

It didn’t take long for the Tigers to reclaim the lead, as they tallied a pair of goals in six seconds to regain a 3-2 lead six minutes into the game. Heisman tied the score with an unassisted tally at the 7:49 mark. DiSanzo’s first of the day came with just north of two minutes to play in the first quarter.

The Cavaliers extended their lead to 5-3 on DiSanzo’s second score of the game with 10:46 left in the opening half. RIT responded with a pair of man-up goals to tie the score at five at the 8:50 mark.

Junior Matt Biegel (West Chester East) returned the lead to the Blue and White with a man-up goal, his third of the year. The Tigers scored the final two goals of the half, taking a 7-6 lead into the break, but a late RIT penalty meant Cabrini would have the ball and a man-up opportunity to open the second half.

Cabrini didn’t waste any time in the third quarter, as DiSanzo completed his hat trick just 18 seconds into the action. Fourteen seconds later, the Blue and White reclaimed the lead as senior Bobby Thorp (Cherokee) found Heisman for an 8-7 lead 32 seconds into the period.

The Tigers then took over, putting the Cavaliers on their heels with six unanswered goals over an eight minute period. Thorp snapped the RIT run with his 43rd goal of the year but the break was short lived as RIT embarked on another 6-0 run, building a 19-9 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.

DiSanzo snapped the run with his fourth goal of the game. After an RIT score, the sophomore ripped two shots that found the back of the net for his 34th and 35th scores of the year. Elmer closed Cabrini’s scoring with his 57th goal of the season.

Senior Andrew Kvech led the Blue and White with eight ground balls, closing his career as Cabrini’s all-time leader with 233. Sobieski and fellow sophomore Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) scooped six ground balls each. Senior Tyler Grau forced two turnovers, while freshman Chris Treat posted 11 saves in the loss.

Eddie Kiesa led the Tigers with four goals and four assists, while Kyle Aquin netted six goals in the win. The Tigers (17-2) return to Wednesday’s National Quarterfinal round and will host Tufts University (16-4), who rallied to top Stevens Institute 14-9.

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