Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/11/14
After 11 consecutive victories to open the 2014 season, the Cabrini men’s lacrosse team suffered its first defeat, losing 15-11 at No. 5 Salisbury University Friday night. The No. 2 Cavaliers fall to 11-1 with the loss, its fifth consecutive defeat at the sticks of the Sea Gulls.
Senior Corey Elmer led the Blue and White with seven points on the night, including five goals and two assists. The game marks the seventh time this season that the senior has recorded at least seven points and his fourth outing with at least five goals.
Junior Anthony DiSanzo added three goals, while fellow junior Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) tallied a pair of goals. Junior Mike Leyden (Haverford High) paired a goal and an assist.
Junior faceoff specialist Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) won 16-28 faceoffs and scooped a game-high seven ground balls. All three Cabrini netminders saw action in the loss, as rookie Austin Marshall (Neshaminy) suffered his first career loss after surrendering nine goals against five saves.
The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead as DiSanzo and Leyden notched the first goals of the game less than six minutes into the action. The Sea Gulls rallied for four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead with 1:59 left in the opening period.
Cabrini regained the game’s momentum in the period’s final minutes as DiSanzo added his second of the day with 57 seconds left in the quarter. Sobieski knotted the game with his first goal with just one second remaining in the quarter.
Salisbury extended its lead to 6-4 early in the second quarter, but Elmer’s first goal of the night cut the lead in half. The Blue and White held its one goal deficit through the halftime break.
A Cabrini penalty in the final seconds of the second quarter allowed the Sea Gulls to open the third quarter with a man-up opportunity, and they took advantage. Salisbury regained its two goal advantage just 17 seconds into the half, spurring three consecutive goals.
Elmer’s 40th goal of the season with 8:42 left in the third snapped the run before the Sea Gulls added two more scores. The senior completed his hat trick with 2:42 left in the quarter but Salisbury again had an answer, scoring three unanswered goals to end the third and open the fourth quarters.
Elmer tallied another unassisted goal with 11:11 to play, cutting the deficit to 14-8. Trailing 15-8, the Cavaliers tried to mount a late comeback. Elmer found Sobieski for a man-up goal with 1:36 to play. Twenty-four seconds later, Leyden found DiSanzo to cut the hole back to 15-10. Freshman Evan Downey found Elmer to close the scoring with four seconds on the clock.
Luke Phipps paired four goals and three assists for Salisbury (13-1). Rhet DePol added three goals and a helper.
The Cavaliers will return to CSAC play on Monday, as it travels down the Main Line to face Rosemont College (3-9, 1-3 CSAC). Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.