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Men’s NCAA D3 tournament: @CabriniMLax bows to Stevenson; Albright advances in ECAC

Saturday, 10th May 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/10/14

The Cabrini men’s lacrosse season came to an end Saturday, as the Blue and White fell to No. 3 Stevenson 15-9 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. With the loss, the Cavaliers close the 2014 season 17-2, tied for the most wins in program history.

Junior Damian Sobieski (Avon Grove) led the Cavaliers with four goals on the night, all coming in a 17 minute span late in the game, while junior Mike Leyden (Haverford High) and freshman Evan Downey added two goals and an assist. Junior Anthony DiNenno (Avon Grove) won 10-23 faceoffs and joined Leyden with six ground balls. Ward recorded two caused turnovers, while freshman goaltenders Austin Marshall (Neshaminy) and Hank Altschuler (Lower Merion) combined for 11 saves.

The Cavaliers took an early lead as sophomore Evan Allvord (Kennett) netted a man-up goal just 67 second into the game. The Mustangs wasted little time evening the score, scoring their first goal of the game seven seconds later. Stevenson took a 2-1 lead at the 8:35 mark, before Downey converted a Tyler Johnston pass into the game tying goal.

The Blue and White wouldn’t return to the scoring column for over 22 minutes of game time, stretching into the third quarter. Stevenson took full advantage of Cabrini’s scoring drought, rattling off seven unanswered goals to build a 9-2 lead.

Elmer found Leyden for his second goal of the game, momentarily stopping the Mustangs’ momentum. Stevenson responded with three more goals, extending its lead to 12-3 with 2:53 left in the third quarter. Sobieski tallied his first sore of the night with 2:20 left in the third, as the Blue and White trailed 12-4 entering the final quarter.

Downey opened the period with a man-up goal, his 15th goal of the season. Following a Stevenson, the rookie found Leyden for the junior’s 47th goal of the year. Thirty-five seconds later, Sobieski’s second goal of the night cut Cabrini’s deficit to 13-7 with just over 10 minutes to play. Stevenson responded with a goal at the 8:37 mark, 2:39 before Sobieski completed his hat trick with a man-up goal. The Mustangs closed their scoring 21 seconds later, while Sobieski’s fourth goal of the game and 73rd of the season came in a man-down situation with 1:23 to play.
Albright 11, Marymount 7

Albright rallied from a sluggish first half, outscoring Marymount 9-1 in the second half to reach the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship game.

Freshman Cam Cetrone had a hat trick to lead the Lions, with James Egleston and Ryan Turner adding two goals each. Cetrone also had three ground balls on the day, with junior Darian Meador winning 13-of-21 faceoffs while totaling seven ground balls and one caused turnovers.

The win sets up a rematch of last year’s ECAC title game, with the Lions set to face host Frostburg State Sunday at 2 p.m. for the championship.

The FSU Bobcats shut down the Ospreys 9-0 in the first half of an eventual 14-6 victory. Spenser Love had a hat trick by halftime, and Devin Colegrove added four points (2G, 2A) in the opening 30 minutes.

In last year’s Mid-Atlantic championship, Albright (now 5-3 all-time in postseason games) overcame a four-goal Ryan Serio performance for a 15-10 win behind four goals by Turner and three points from T.J. Holston (1G, 2A).

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