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NCAA Division III playoffs: @CabriniMLax survives scare from Mary Washington, 9-8

Wednesday, 7th May 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/7/14

Junior Anthony DiSanzo scored four goals and Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) added two goals and two assists as host and seventh-ranked Cabrini College held off No. 17 Mary Washington, 9-8, tonight in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

The win gave Cabrini (17-1) head coach Steve Colfer his 200th career victory. Colfer becomes one of a handful of active coaches with 200 victories, as only 20 coaches all-time reached the 200 win plateau entering the 2014 campaign.

Evan Downey added two goals and an assist and Hank Altschuler (Lower Merion) made 10 saves for the Cavs.

Downey’s goal with 13;45 left gave the Cavs a 9-6 lead, but Mary Washington scored two goals 40 seconds apart to make it 9-8 with 2:34 to play.

The Blue and White will make its eighth appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, as it will face No. 3 and defending champion Stevenson on Saturday at a time and location yet to be determined. The Mustangs (18-2) scored an 18-4 win over Otterbein in tonight’s opening round.

Junior faceoff specialist Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) won 13 of his 21 chances at the spot and scooped seven ground balls, two more that senior Corey Elmer and junior Tyler Johnston (Ridley). Senior Matt Ward (Great Valley) matched a career high with three caused turnovers, including one that thwarted a Mary Washington opportunity in the final minute of the game.

The Eagles got off to a fast start, taking advantage of some Cabrini miscues and an early penalty to build a 4-0 lead with 5:30 on the clock. Mary Washington would go over 20 minutes of game action without reaching the net again, giving the Blue and White a chance to rally.

A non-releasable penalty gave the Cavaliers a chance to get on the board late in the opening quarter, as Sobieski found DiSanzo and Elmer for man-up goals. The Cavaliers continued its scoring run into the second quarter, as Downey found DiSanzo just 34 seconds into the period.

Sobieski’s unassisted tally at the 10:56 mark evened the score at 4-4. DiSanzo broke the deadlock with 2:13 left in the half with an unassisted goal, while Downey’s first of the day sent the Cavaliers into the half with a 6-4 lead.

The teams exchanged goals in the third quarter, as goals by DiSanzo and Sobieski helped maintain Cabrini’s two goal advantage with 15 minutes to play.

Downey extended the lead to 9-6 with an unassisted goal at the 13:45 mark. The Eagles regained the game’s momentum in the final minutes, netting goals with 3:14 and 2:34 to play. Mary Washington had the ball with less than two minutes to play, but Ward caused his third turnover of the game with 60 seconds on the clock to preserve the win.

Senior Luke Dick led the Eagles (14-4) with four goals and an assist, while senior goaltender Zack DelGrosso recorded 14 saves.



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