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Collegiate men’s playoffs: Cabrini is eliminated by No. 1 Stevenson, 19-9

Sunday, 16th May 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/16/10
From Press Releases

The 8th-ranked Cabrini men’s lacrosse team’s ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament ended Saturday afternoon on the road in the second round with a 19-9 loss against No. 1 Stevenson University at the Caves Athletic Complex.

The top-ranked Mustangs scored used 11 goals in the second half, including seven in the third quarter, en route to the victory.

Sophomore attackman Brian Hill (Ridley) led the Cavaliers (15-4) with four points, scoring three goals and adding one assist. Freshman midfielder Andrew Protenic (West Chester East) notched two points with two scores.

Senior attackman Steve Kapp (La Salle/1G, 1A) and freshman attackman Bobby Thorp (2A) also contributed two points in the loss.

Senior attackman and 2010 Tewaaraton Award candidate Casey Grugan (Ridley), sophomore defenseman John McSorley (Ridley) and freshman midfielder Jeff Crosby each scored one goal. The loss marks the end of the Cabrini careers for Grugan, Kapp and senior midfielder Rich Romanelli.

Grugan finishes his Cavalier tenure with 334 career points, ranking first in program history and tied for fifth all-time in the NCAA Division III recordbooks. He also owns Cabrini’s single-season mark for points (97) and assists (44). Grugan lists second all-time in career goals (206) and assists (128), and single-season goals (65).

Grugan concludes his collegiate career having recorded at least one point in his final 76 games, the longest streak in the country among Division III players. He also scored at least one goal in an NCAA Division III-record 73 consecutive contests.

Grugan and junior longstick midfielder Anthony Mazza led the Blue & White with four groundballs. Hill and junior face-off specialist Mike Gurenlian (Springfield-Delco) scooped three groundballs.

Gurenlian won 10-of-24 draw attempts. The Mustangs owned a 19-of-31 advantage in the face-off circle.

Freshman goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki posted 13 saves in the loss. Zarzecki started all 19 games for the Cavaliers in between the pipes this season.

Stevenson jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter. The Mustangs got on the scoreboard at the 14:13 mark of the opening period, scoring on their first possession.

The Cavaliers answered with three unanswered goals and secured a 3-2 advantage at the 13:30 mark of the second quarter. Kapp ignited the spurt off a feed from Thorp on the cage’s doorstep. Protenic netted Cabrini’s second goal on a pass in front from Kapp.

The Blue & White grabbed its first and only lead of the game as a result of a bad clear attempt from Stevenson. The Cavaliers’ ride forced the turnover before Hill found Grugan at the crease for the go-ahead goal.

However, the Mustangs closed out the first half with six goals in the final 6:41, including four straight separated by just 64 seconds. Junior attackman Richie Ford and junior midfielder Kyle Moffitt each scored two goals during the decisive stretch.

McSorley pulled the Cavaliers to within three goals, 8-5, before the intermission, scoring his second career goal with 1:40 remaining.

Stevenson opened the third period with three goals, extending its lead to 11-5. The Mustangs owned a 15-8 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Hill deposited the Blue & White final goal of the game with 7:59 left in the final stanza.

Senior attackman Steve Kazimer led the Mustangs attack with seven points on two goals and five assists. Moffitt recorded six goals, scoring five goals and adding one assist. SU scored three goals on the man advantage in the second half.

Senior goalkeeper Geoff Hebert totaled 22 saves for Stevenson. Hebert recorded 15 saves in the Mustangs’ 8-7 win versus Cabrini in the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament.



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