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Men’s playoffs: Cabrini advances to CSAC finals with 19-2 victory

Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/30/13

The No. 5 Cabrini men’s lacrosse team extended its win streak to 10 games today and in the process secured its spot in its 14th consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference championship game. After a slow start, the Cavaliers found their stride and overpowered the Marywood University Pacers 19-2 at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

The Blue and White will host Centenary College – a 12-5 winner over Gwynedd mercy College – in Saturday’s title game.

Ten Cavaliers (13-3, 6-0 CSAC) found the back of the net in tonight’s game, led by Corey Elmer. The junior recorded his sixth game this season with at least eight points, posting four goals and four assists. Sophomore Anthony DiSanzo match Elmer with a career high four goals. Senior Bobby Thorp (Cherokee) added five points, while fellow senior Andrew Layne (Malvern Prep) added a career high four points.

The Blue and White struggled to find its rhythm in the early going as the game remained scoreless for the first nine minutes. Cabrini finally opened the scoring on its ninth shot of the game, as sophomore Mike Leyden (Haverford High) found DiSanzo with 6:18 left in the first. Elmer’s unassisted tally with 2:11 to play in the opening period gave Cabrini a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.

The Cavaliers found their stride in the second quarter as a late flurry blew the game open. Sophomore Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) scored the first of his two in the quarter just 90 seconds into the frame. Layne opened his scoring with a goal at the 10:45 mark. Elmer’s second of the night came just after the nine minute mark, extending the lead to 5-0.

The Pacers got on the board with 3:35 left in the half on a goal by sophomore Sam Trill. Cabrini took less than 20 seconds to respond.

Known for its quick strike offense, the Blue and White put the game out of reach with six goals over the final 3:16 of the second quarter. Nineteen seconds after Trill’s goal, Thorp found Sobieski for the sophomore’s second of the quarter. Just 16 second slater, Elmer found Thorp for the senior’s first of the night.

Thorp returned the favor at the 2:15 mark, as Elmer completed his hat trick. Leyden recorded his second helper of the game when he found sophomore Ethan Heisman with 1:18 on the clock. Layne’s second goal of the game came with 40 seconds remaining in the half and extended the lead to 10-1.

The Cavaliers outshot Marywood 65-14, including 34-6 in shots on goal, including 13 each by Elmer and Thorp and 10 from Heisman. Senior defenseman Tim Grenier scooped a career high nine ground balls. Kvech added six ground balls and caused a career best five turnovers. Freshman Chris Treat (Haverford High) recorded four saves in recording his 11th career win.

Trill netted both goals for the Pacers (5-11, 4-2 CSAC), while senior goaltender Nicholas Cornella posted 15 saves.

Centenary 12, Gwynedd Mercy College 5

Centenary knocked out Gwynedd-Mercy in a semifinal game of the 2013 CSAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.

The third-seeded Griffins were looking for a return to the championship game, but came up short in their quest. The second seeded Cyclones will now play at top-seeded Cabrini in the title game on Saturday.

Senior Bill Beck (Archbishop Ryan) led GM with two goals while Mason Risner added a score and an assist.

Centenary would score seven unanswered goals, breaking a 4-4 tie to stretch a big lead into the fourth quarter. Gwynedd scored one goal in the second half.

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