Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/18
No. 8 Cabrini (16-2) raised its 18th consecutive CSAC championship with today’s 17-7 win over Gwynedd Mercy (10-4).
Junior Nicholas Waligurski (Berks Catholic) earned MVP honors with three goals. Junior Timmy Brooks (The Haverford School) scored four goals.
Cabrini will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday at 9pm when the NCAA broadcasts its Tournament Selection Show.
Waliguski was one of eight Cavaliers to mark the scoring column on the day. Junior Timmy Brooks netted four goals, while sophomore Ty Kostack (Marple Newtown) paired three goals and two assists. Junior Krug paired two goals with a career high five assists, while sophomore Matt LoParo added two goals and two helpers.
The Cavaliers recorded 42 ground balls on the day, with 19 players recording at least one. Senior Riley Michaels (Pottsgrove) led the way with five, while sophomores Kyle Myers and Bobby Cressman (Berks Catholic) added four each. The Blue and white also caused 15 turnovers in the win, with senior Joey Hoey (Springfied-Delco) accounting for four, one more than sophomore Tommy DeLuca.
Junior goaltender Riley White (Plymouth Whitemarsh) earned the victory with five saves and two ground balls.
Sophomore Kevin Leyden (Haverford High) opened the scoring four minutes into the action before senior Ethan Trusty (Penncrest) added a transition goal 23 seconds later. Goals by LoParo and Krug pushed the lead to 4-0, but a late Griffins’ tally closed the period with the Blue and White ahead 4-1.
The Cavaliers pushed their lead to 8-2 on LoParo’s second tally with just under five minutes left in the second half, but GMercyU responded with two goals in the final two minutes of the half, pulling within 8-4. Any momentum the Griffins built was quelled, as Krug hit Waligurski, who tip-toed around the crease for a touch shot and a 9-4 lead with eight seconds left in the half.
The Griffins recorded the first goal of the third quarter, but the Cavaliers responded with three unanswered goals to regain its six goal cushion with five minutes left in the frame. Krug and Brooks added goals in the final minutes of the period, but GMercy found the back of the net with four seconds to play, cutting Cabrini’s lead to 14-7 with 15 minutes to play.
Cabrini never allowed the Griffins to mount any sort of comeback, as it allowed GMercyU to record just five fourth quarter shots, with none on target. The Cavaliers’ pressure also saw the Griffins commit six of its 23 turnovers in the final period and safely complete just two of its four clear attempts.
Offensively, Kostack and senior Zack Gregory (Conestoga) provided all the offense the Cavaliers needed, scoring the game’s three goals in the final frame.
The Blue and White outshot the Griffins 46-27 on the day, including a 28-12 advantage in shots on net, and caused GMercyU to record just 13-20 clearing attempts.
Junior Ryan Simpson (Upper Darby) led the Griffins (10-4) with two goals, while classmate Jordan Dzierzgowski (Washington Twp) paired a goal and two assists. Freshman Nick Heiler (Lansdale Catholic) went 12-22 at the faceoff spot with 10 ground balls, while junior Chris Burns (Washington Twp) notched nine of his 11 saves in the first half.