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NCAA Men’s Division III playoffs: Cabrini will host Widener in all-Philly first-round game Wednesday

Monday, 9th May 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/9/11
From Press Releases

The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team will make its 10th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday when it hosts local rival Widener University at Edith Robb Dixon Field in the first round. Game time against the Pride is to be determined.

Cabrini (12-5) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 9-6 win against Marywood University in the championship game of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament on May 7. The victory clinched Cabrini’s 11th straight CSAC crown under 11th-year head coach Steve Colfer.

Senior face-off specialist Joe Strain was named the game’s most valuable player, winning 6-of-10 draw attempts and scooping a team-best six groundballs. Strain went 5-for-7 at the face-off in the fourth quarter.

Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Garnet Valley) led the Cavaliers’ offense, posting five points with three goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Dan Terenick (Ridley) tallied four points, including the 100th of his career, with two scores and two helpers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki recorded 11 saves for the Blue & White in the victory.

Cabrini and Widener has a brief history playing one another in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers claimed their first national postseason win in program history with a 13-8 victory versus the Pride in the 2003 first round.

Widener gears for Cabrini after winning MAC crown

Widener (15-2, 11-0 MAC) will make its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament and has won two games. It notched an 11-9 victory at Kenyon in 2006 and an 8-5 triumph at Denison in 2007.

The Pride recorded their sixth league crown in seven years with Saturday’s 11-6 triumph over Messiah. Senior Andrew Janusz (Easton) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring three times Saturday. Junior Josh Fox (Lower Merion) and senior JJ Hoeffler each added two goals and an assist.

The victory extended Widener’s school record for victories in a season to 15 as well as its team-best winning streak to 13. The Pride are now 22-3 all-time in the MAC Tournament and 11-1 in the championship game with no final held for their first two crowns.

The Pride entered the MAC Tournament as the top seed for the first time since 2006 and went undefeated in the league for the first time since 2003.

Widener gets a huge boost from senior Nick Politarhos (Ridley), who has enjoyed another standout campaign and is the anchor for one of the area’s top defenses. The two-time Honorable Mention Preseason All-America leads the Pride with 26 caused turnovers and senior Matt Parrott (Downingtown West) is next with 25.

Fox paces Widener with 30 goals and 47 points with sophomore Johnny Casey (Abington) next at 27 and 45. Fox is tied for sixth in the league in goals, tied for sixth with 17 assists and fourth in points. Casey is 10th in the conference in goals, tied for third with 18 assists and tied for fifth in points.

Sophomore Bobby Schluter (Tatnall School) and freshman Mac Nestler have led a goalkeeping tandem that is first in the league with a 5.53 goals-against average.

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