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Wednesday’s men’s college roundup: Cabrini wins thriller; Haverford, Gwynedd Mercy gain first victory

Thursday, 8th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/8/12

The Cabrini College men’s lacrosse team scored two goals in the final 30 seconds of the game to down host Hampden-Sydney College, 13-11, on Wednesday. The victory snapped Cabrini’s two game skid and evened its record at 2-2.

Junior Bobby Thorp and sophomore Corey Elmer led the Cavaliers with five points each. Thorp and freshman Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) tallied four goals each, while Elmer posted four assists.

The game seemed to be in hand when Brian Hill (Ridley) scored his second goal of the day with just under nine minutes to play, giving the Cavaliers an 11-7 lead. Hampden-Sydney mounted an incredible rally, scoring four goals and tying the score at 11 with 1:17 on the clock.

With 29 seconds on the clock, the Cavaliers capitalized on a Tigers’ turnover, as Sobieski gave Cabrini the lead with an unassisted tally. A penalty on the ensuing faceoff gave the Cavaliers another man-up situation. Elmer and Thorp connected for the third time with 17 seconds on the clock sealing the Cavaliers’ win.

Junior Brandon Dunn went 7-15 in the faceoff circle and secured five ground balls. Senior John McSorley (Ridley) and sophomore Bill McCabe (Spring-Ford) recorded three ground balls each. McSorley also caused a team-high three turnovers.

Cabrini’s junior goaltender Erick Zarzecki posted eight saves and secured three ground balls in the win.

Haverford College 16, Skidmore 9

Phillip Valliant notched seven goals as the Fords’ offense exploded for a non-conference men’s lacrosse victory over Skidmore College at Ridge High School.

The win was the first of the season for Haverford (1-3) while Skidmore dropped to 1-2.

The Thoroughbreds netted the game’s first goal but Haverford ran off six unanswered tallies over a 12-minute span to take command.

Valliant had a career night with his seven goals but he wasn’t alone in helping the Fords’ offense as six others added scores including three from Christian Clay (Lawrenceville School) and a pair from Henry Lanier.

Zack Cohen played setup man most of the night registering a team-leading four assists.

In the defensive end, Dillon Hamill, with three caused turnovers, and Alexander Douglas and Scott Chanelli, with two each, made things difficult for Skidmore’s attack. The Haverford defensive corp helped provide clean looks at shooters for goalkeeper Joe Banno, who finished with 13 saves in the win.

Skidmore creapt within three, 7-4, by halftime, but the Haverford attack — which scored nine goals over the final 30 minutes — proved too strong as the pressure forced the Thoroughbreds into 22 turnovers for the game.

Gwynedd Mercy 9, Richard Stockton 8

Sophomore Nathan Pendleton (Cumberland Valley) led GM (1-2) by scoring three of his game-high four goals in the second half. His two scores in the third quarter alone helped brake a 6-6 tie.

Junior Roy Bakeoven (Archbishop Ryan) added two goals and an assist. Despite being outshot 39-34, junior goalie Ryley O’Keefe (Bishop Shanahan) made 11 stops in goal for Gwynedd.

Salisbury 16, Ursinus 4

The host and No. 1 Gulls (6-0) dealt the Bears (2-1) their first loss.

Stevenson 11, Widener 3

Michael Bassani led Widener with two goals. Charlie Bytheway (Garnet Valley) also scored once and had seven ground balls and junior Bobby Schluter (Tatnall School) made 17 saves.

Marymount 27, Penn State Abington 0

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