From Press Releases, Posted 1/3/13
With its first spring practice just a few weeks away, the Cabrini College men’s lacrosse team has been recognized among the best teams in the country. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 6 in the Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division III preseason rankings, released this afternoon.
“This is an honor for our student-athletes, our program and our College,” said Cabrini head coach Steve Colfer. “This is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes and coaches, along with the support of our administration and community. We hope that with a lot of hard work, we will also be recognized at the end of the season.”
The Cavaliers captured the school’s 12th straight Colonial States Athletic Conference championship and appeared in the program’s 11th NCAA Tournament last year. The Blue and White tied a school record with 17 wins and advanced to the National Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
Colfer, entering his 14th year at Cabrini’s helm, returns more than 30 players from his 2012 team that posted one of the most successful seasons in program history. Leading the Cavaliers into the 2013 campaign are a quartet of USILA All-Americans, seniors Andrew Kvech (Pasedena, Md./ Mt. St. Joseph), Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./ Cherokee) and Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./ Pikesville) along with sophomore Anthony DiNenno (West Grove, Pa./ Avon Grove).
Kvech was an anchor on the nation’s top ranked scoring defense. The senior defenseman received USILA All-America Honorable Mention after forcing 22 turnover and securing 56 ground balls.
Thorp claimed USILA All-America Third Team honors last season after totaling 89 points on 52 goals and 37 assists. The senior was also a major factor in Cabrini’s ranking as the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense. Thorp’s 4.45 points per game ranked 15th in the country, while his 2.6 goals and 1.85 assists per contest ranked 36th and 39th, respectively.
The 2012 CSAC Player of the Year, Zarzecki led the nation with his 4.9 goals against average, while his 0.624 save percentage ranked 13th. The USILA All-America Honorable Mention honoree recorded 148 saves on the year and set a school record with 17 wins.
DiNenno, who also paired USILA All-America Honorable Mention with his CSAC Rookie of the Year honor, made an immediate impact during his rookie season. The rookie ranked second in the nation with a 0.69 faceoff win percentage, the second highest percentage in the country. DiNenno also secured a school record 116 ground balls.
In addition to a difficult conference slate, the Cavaliers will face one of the most difficult nonconference schedules in the country, facing six teams also ranked on the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 25. The Blue and White will travel to No. 9 Dickinson College and No. 7 Lynchburg College in its first three games of the season. Mid-March will see a three game stretch that includes a trip to No. 12 Gettysburg before hosting 2012 national runner-up and No. 1 SUNY-Cortland and No. 17 Union College.
Cabrini will also host No. 8 Denison University in April.
Stevenson, defending NCAA champion Salisbury, Tufts and RIT close out the top five teams in the rankings.
The Cavaliers will open their 2013 schedule on Saturday, February 23 when they welcome the Haverford College Fords to Edith Robb Dixon Field. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Lacrosse Magazine’s NCAA Division III men’s preseason rankings as follows:
NCAA Division III Men
11. Western New England
14. Connecticut College
15. Washington College
20. St. Lawrence
Preseason Player of the Year: Joe Lisicky (Unionville), Lynchburg, Sr. D