Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/15
From Press Release
For the fourth consecutive season and 14th time in program history, the Cabrini women’s lacrosse team wears the title of Colonial States Athletic Conference Champions, as the Cavaliers downed Neumann 19-2 in Saturday’s conference championship game at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
With its third consecutive championship win over the Knights, the Blue and White improved to 14-5 on the season. With the win, Cabrini also earns the league’s automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers will make their 12th tournament appearance riding a nine-game win streak.
The Blue and White must wait until Sunday’s NCAA Tournament selection show to learn who and where it will continue the season. The show will be broadcast on NCAA.com on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
The Cavaliers thoroughly dominated today’s action, as it outshot the Knights 37-10, including 27-4 in shots on goal. Cabrini scooped 40 ground balls to Neumann’s 23 and forced the Knights into just 8-20 clear attempts.
Senior Melissa Scanzano (Haverford High) earned Most Valuable Player honors after posting four points on two goals and two assists, three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover.
Classmate Lacie Doubet (Ridley) provided the offensive push, as the senior netted seven goals and added an assist. With today’s output, Doubet now has 231 career goals, while her 305 career points make her just the second player in program history to record 300 points.
Junior Sarah Carzo (Strath Haven) added three goals, while senior Bree Thompson (Interboro) and sophomore Allie Vallen (Maple Shade) tallied two goals each. Senior Sarah Means (Archbishop Ryan), sophomore Jenn Robinson (St. Hubert) and freshman Emily Crouse (Allentown Central Catholic) also found the back of the net.
Thompson and sophomore Jess Breuning (St. Hubert) scooped five ground balls each, one more than Carzo, Vallen and senior Megan Decker (St. Hubert). Decker and Means caused three turnovers each, while Doubet controlled a game high four draws, one more than Breuning.
Sophomore goaltender Megan Barlow (Academy Park) earned her 14th win of the season with a pair of saves.
The Cavaliers knew it was imperative to take an early lead and that’s just what they did. Doubet opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game and Cabrini never looked back.
Doubet and Scanzano combined for the first seven points on the game on six goals and an assist in the opening 11:32. Means extended the lead to 7-0 before Doubet netted her fifth of the day with 11:12 left in the half.
The Blue and White took advantage of two Neumann yellow cards late in the half, as Carzo netted a pair of woman-up goals to send Cabrini into the halftime break with a 12-0 cushion.
The halftime break did nothing to slow the Cavaliers’ attack, as Carzo, Doubet and Vallen combined for four goals in the opening 5:39 of the second half, extending the lead to 16-0.
Neumann junior Jordan Hopkins finally broke through the Cabrini defense to put the Knights on the board with 22:12 to play. Less than one minute later Doubet found Thompson to regain the 16 goal difference.
Goals by Crouse and Robinson extended the lead to 19-1, Cabrini’s largest lead since a 19-1 win over Rosemont on April 20, 2013. Sophomore Shae Risley added a late goal for the Knights.
Freshman goaltender Gabby Curry tallied eight saves for Neumann (11-6), while Hopkins controlled three draws. Juniors Nicole Barbieri and Alexa McIntyre caused two turnovers each. Five Knights secured three ground balls each.