Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/10/09
Cabrini College gave the No. 1 team in the country all it could handle Saturday in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
The 15th-ranked Cavaliers played toe-to-toe with host Stevenson, but fell, 8-7, in a brilliant second-round game that featured standout goaltending by Cabrini’s Kevin Chenoweth (19 saves).
The Cavs finish 16-4 while Steve son (16-1) advances to the quarterfinal round and will host Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) rival Salisbury University Wednesday. The See Gulls toppled Haverford College, 16-10 Saturday.
Senior attackman Scott Reimer (Downingtown West) and sophomore midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) each scored two goals for the Cavaliers. Junior attackman Casey Grugan (Ridley) tallied one point on one goal. Grugan’s marker with six seconds remaining in the third quarter tied the contest, 6-6, and extended his consecutive goals streak to 54 games, matching a 32-year old Division III record set by Washington College’s John Cheek in 1977.
Grugan also extended the nation’s second-longest consecutive points streak to 57 games. He has recorded at least one point in each game of his Cabrini career. Grugan wraps up his junior season as the program’s single-season leader in points (96) and assists (44). He is second all-time in points (237), goals (140) and assists (96).
Reimer’s two goals equals and eclipses the Blue & White’s single-season standard he established in 2008, finishing the year with 69 scores. He completes his Cabrini career with a program-record 256 points and 232 goals.
The Mustangs held a two-goal lead, 5-3, at the conclusion of a tightly played first half. Cabrini opened the third quarter with two quick goals from Skulski and Reimer, evening the scoring, 5-5, at the 12:42 mark. Stevenson’s Brett Yoder (six groundballs; Ridley) answered just 20 seconds following, regaining a 6-5 edge.
Grugan’s tally tied the contest with six seconds remaining in the third period and set the stage for the final stanza.
Each team played scoreless through the first six minutes of the final quarter before the Mustangs grabbed a two-goal lead, 8-6, with 7:24 on the clock. B.J. Kletcheck (Roman Catholic) pulled Cabrini within one, 8-7, at the 2:25 mark.
The Cavaliers had two offensive possessions in the final two minutes. However, the Stevenson defense held tight to preserve the one-goal victory.
Salisbury 16, Haverford College 10
A six-goal third quarter helped salt away a win for the visiting Sea Gulls in their victory over No. 11 Haverford College (13-4) in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse tournament.
Salisbury’s six goal third quarter was part of a second half string where the visitor’s out scored the Fords by a 9-1 margin to take what had been a narrow 6-4 Sea Gulls (16-3) halftime lead and turned it into a long uphill climb for host Haverford.
Myles Monaghan and Brian Fleishhacker each scored three goals for the Fords while Travis Gregory scored twice and Zack Cohen had a goal and three assists.
Denison 14, Roanoke 7
Dan Maude (Haverford School) scored three goals as No. 14 Denison (14-2) stunned No. 3 Roanoke.
Gettysburg 15, Washington & Lee 10
Tom O’Donnell (La Salle) had a goal and an assist to pace Gettysburg (14-3) to the second-round win.