Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/11/16
From Press Release
The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team used a dominant second quarter to build a lead before pulling away from No. 10 Stevenson University to score a 15-10 victory in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
With the win, the No. 15 Cavaliers will make their 11th appearance in the tournament’s second round, as they will head to No. 5 Gettysburg on Saturday.
Tonight’s triumph improved the Blue and White to 15-4 on the year and marked Cabrini’s first postseason victory over the Mustangs in five tries.
Freshman Jordan Krug (Cherokee, NJ) paced the Cavaliers attack, pairing two goals with a career high four assists. Senior Ethan Heisman (Henderson) added four goals and an assist, while rookie Matt LoParo notched three goals and two assists.
Junior Evan Downey recorded a goal and two assists, while senior Kyle Bush (Ridley) chipped in with a goal and a helper.
Senior Chris Schneekloth (Central Bucks East) went 15-26 at the faceoff spot and matched classmate Brian Kittredge with a game high seven ground balls. Downey also secured five loose balls in the win. Kittredge also caused a pair of turnovers, while four other Cavaliers forced one.
Sophomore Tyler Morrell (Episcopal Academy) earned his 10th win of the season, recording 11 saves to go with three ground balls.
Despite recording 11 first quarter shots, Cabrini could not break the Stevenson defense, as the Mustangs built a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes.
The Cavaliers found their rhythm in the second stanza, outshooting Stevenson 20-8, winning seven of the period’s 10 faceoffs and taking advantage of three man-up opportunities.
Krug found fellow rookie Timmy Brooks (Haverford School) 65 seconds into the second quarter to put the Cavaliers on the board. Following a Mustangs’ goal, Cabrini reeled off five unanswered goals, with four coming in a span of 2:37.
Heisman score the first of his three second quarter goals at the 10:30 mark. A minute later, Bush added a man-up goal. Heisman evened the score at 4-4 and gave the Blue and White the lead just 24 seconds later. Krug notched another man-up goal with just over three minutes left in the quarter.
Stevenson ended the scoring run with 2:24 left in the period, before Downey’s goal with 69 seconds before the halftime whistle put the Cavaliers ahead 7-5 with 30 minutes to play.
The Mustangs pulled within one goal in the opening minutes of the third quarter. One minute later, LoParo netted the first of his three second half goals. The rookie hit senior Evan Allvord (Kennett) for a goal before Heisman’s 50th goal of the campaign put the Blue and White ahead 10-6.
Stevenson notched a man-up goal before LoParo and sophomore James Magnani (St. Mark’s-DE) scored to push the Cavaliers advantage to five goals.
The Mustangs added back to back goals to cut the Cabrini cushion to 12-9 with 11:44 to play. Krug’s second unassisted man-up goal pushed the lead back to four goals with 8:39 to play. Stevenson added a late goal before LoParo and senior Cole Campbell (Emmaus) found the net to close the game.
The Cavaliers recorded 56 shots in tonight’s victory, 24 more than in their 7-4 loss at Stevenson earlier in the season. Heisman attempted a career high 15 shots, while Brooks fired 11. Downey recorded eight shots, one more than LoParo.
Senior Stephen Banick closed his career with a monster game for Stevenson (15-5), matching a season high three goals and four assists. Fellow senior Matt Tompkins added four goals. Classmate Chad Williams anchored the defense with four caused turnovers, while freshman goaltender Garrett Egnaczyk recorded a career high 13 saves and five ground balls.
Gettysburg 8, Lynchburg 7
Gettysburg (15-2) secured its place in Saturday’s second round with an 8-7 home win over Lynchburg this afternoon. The Bullets built an 8-1 lead with five minutes to play in the third quarter and nearly saw it slip away as the Hornets closed the game with six unanswered goals, with the final goal coming with 68 seconds to play.
The Bullets won just two of the game’s 18 faceoffs and saw Lynchburg build a 37-29 advantage in shots.
Senior Jameson Smith and junior Ivan Morris scored twice for the Bullets, while seniors Mike Distler and Paul Werner tallied a goal and two assists each. Sophomore Cullen Minion and junior Brendan Hathaway caused three turnovers each. Senior Jake Adoni (Germantown Academy) posted nine saves to record his sixth victory.
York College 11, Eastern 6
York College used a big second half to roll past Eastern University in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament in York, PA. The Spartans improve to 17-3 overall while the Eagles season comes to an end with a mark of 14-6. The Spartans are ranked seventh in the nation in the USILA Coaches Poll.
The win against the Eagles is the second for the Spartans this year as they won the season opener 9-2 on February 17 in St. David’s, PA. York advances to the second round for the second time in school history as they will host the winner of the Washington & Lee and Sewanee first round game that will be played on Wednesday evening.
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