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D3 men’s roundup: Haverford College edges Cabrini, 9-8, in battle of powers

Saturday, 27th February 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/27/10
From Press Releases

Haverford College junior midfielder Jason Leeds scored with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the host Fords a 9-8 thriller over Cabrini College today in a battle of two highly-ranked Philly men’s Division III lacrosse teams.

The 10th-ranked Black Squirrels were making their season opener, and gave rookie coach Colin Bathory a victory in his debut.  The 12th-ranked Cavaliers fell to 1-1.

Junior Max Hjelm (Conestoga) led the Black Squirrels attack with five points on four goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Travis Gregory posted four points, pairing three goals with one assist. Haverford sophomore goalkeeper Joe Banno made 13 stops.

Cabrini senior Casey Grugan (Ridley) collected a team-high four points for the Cavaliers in the loss. His first goal of the game at the 11:15 mark of the opening quarter extended his NCAA Division III record of consecutive games with at least one tally to 56 and tied the Division I standard owned by Syracuse University’s Tom Marechek and Johns Hopkins University’s Terry Riordan.

Grugan also extended his consecutive game streak with at least one point to 59, the nation’s longest active streak among Divison III players. He finished the game with three goals and one assist.

Grugan has recorded 245 career points in 59 games played and needs just 12 more to become the Cavaliers’ all-time leader. Former Cavalier Scott Reimer (2006-09) owns the program record with 256.

Junior attackman Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) notched two points on two goals. Skulski becomes Cabrini’s 15th player in team history to reach the 100-point plateau for his career. He has posted 101 career points on 54 goals and 47 assists in 40 games with the Cavaliers.

Freshman attackman Bobby Thorp  also totaled two points on two scores. Junior attackman Jordan Coeyman (New Hope-Solebur) added one point on a single tally.

Freshman midfielder Joe Hughes (Plymouth-Whitemarsh) led the Cabrini charge on loose balls, claiming a team-high seven groundballs. Skulski and freshman cageminder Erick Zarzecki each notched four.

The Cavaliers won the battle at the face-off X (15-for-21) behind junior draw specialists Mike Gurenlian (Springfield-Delco) and Joe Strain, Gurenlian won 9-of-13 attempts, while Strain went 6-for-8.

Zarzecki made his second straight start in goal, posting 14 saves.

After the opening 30 minutes played even at 4-4, the Black Squirrels jumped out to a two-goal advantage, 6-4, less than three minutes into the third quarter. Cabrini responded with four unanswered goals and secured an 8-6 cushion with 11:22 remaining in the final period. Coeyman triggered the streak with his fourth goal of the season. Grugan netted his third goal of the game at the 13:04 mark before Thorp capped the run less than two minutes later.

Junior attackman Max Hjelm pulled Haverford within one score with 7:10 remaining before tying the contest with 4:13 left on the clock. Leeds added the go-ahead tally three minutes following.

Gurenlian won the ensuing face-off, but the Cavaliers could not get a clean look at the cage in their final possession. The loss is Cabrini’s first against its local rival in the last five outings.

Salisbury 9, Widener 7

Cory Malampy (Ridley) scored four goals and had one assist for the Pride (0-2) in a gallant effort vs. the No. 4 SeaGulls (3-0).

Kevin McLemore (Upper Darby) added three assists and Andrew Janusz (Easton) had a goal and an assist for Widener while Mike Vandegrift (Penn Charter) and Johnny Casey (Abington) also scored. Senior Dave Simcox (Ridley) amassed nine ground balls and junior Kevin Carney (Ridley) notched 15 saves.

Swarthmore 8, Eastern 2

Senior Tyler Bradshaw and sophomore Zach Belden each netted two goals apiece, while senior Gavin Musynske, senior Anthony Phalen , sophomore John Bukawyn and freshman Wes Marcik also added goals to pace the Garnet attack.

Senior captain goalkeeper Kevin Friedenberg was outstanding in net for the Garnet, making 13 saves to lead a ferocious Swat defensive performance; the two goals allowed is the least by a Swat opponent since the 2008 season-opener against Randolph-Macon (3/1/08). Senior captain Max Wilson led the defense with three caused turnovers.

Eastern got goals from Matt Wagner and Zac Ivy.

York College 16, Saint Vincent 11

Will DeLanoy (North Penn) had three goals and three assists for Saint Vincent in its opener.

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