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NCAA men’s D3 third-round: Cabrini advances to quarterfinals with 15-8 win

Saturday, 11th May 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/11/19
From Press Release

Senior Jordan Krug (Cherokee-NJ) climbed to the top of the Cabrini men’s lacrosse scoring list today, as the senior led the No. 6 Cavaliers to a 15-8 win over Springfield College today in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cavaliers improved to a program record 19-2 overall and extened their current win streak to 12 games.

The Blue and White must wait until this evening’s action to learn their opponent and location for Wednesday’s national quarterfinal round match-up. Cabrini will face the winner of tonight’s game between No. 4 York and No. 13 Washington & Lee.

Krug led the Blue and White attack with eight points on five goals and three assists, giving him 339 for his career, passing Casey Grugan’s (2007-10) previous mark of 334.

Sophomore Kyle Tucker posted five goals, while junior Tyler Kostack (Marple Newtown) added four goals, with both adding assists.

Sophomore Luke McCallion (Haverford High) controlled the faceoff spot, winning 17 of the game’s 27 draws and earning game-high honors with 10 of the team’s 37 ground balls.

The Blue and White also displayed a stifling defensive effort, holding the Pride to just 26 shots and pressuring it into 21 turnovers. Junior Kyle Myers paired three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while sophomore Nick Werner caused two miscues.

Senior goaltender Riley White (Plymouth Whitemarsh) anchored the effort 10 saves and four ground balls.

Krug wasted little time putting the Cavaliers on the board, as the senior scored the game’s first goal in just 25 seconds. Junior Mike Gerzabek (Springfield-Delco) pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 8:00 minute mark, before Springfield junior Joe Hawley and freshman Zachary Schuette evened the score with goals 36 seconds apart.

Krug completed his hat trick with two goals in the final 3:20 of the first quarter, giving the Cavaliers a 4-2 lead.

Again the visitors had an answer, as senior Jack Vail netted a pair of goals to even the score at 4-4.

Later in the second frame with the score tied at 5-5, Kostack posted his first goal, an unassisted tally that gave Cabrini a 6-5 lead at the half.

The Blue and White turned up its offensive pressure in the third quarter, scoring the first three goals of the period to extend its lead to 9-5. Two more Springfield goals cut the lead in half before a Kostack man-up goal pushed Cabrini’s lead back to 10-7 with 15 minutes to play.

Tucker opened the fourth quarter with back to back goals before Kostack, Tucker and Krug marked the final goals of the day, as Cabrini pulled away with a 5-1 fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers outshot Springfield 56-26 on the day and held the Pride to less than eight shots in each of the four quarters. The Blue and White also went a perfect 24-24 in clear attempts and committed just 11 turnovers, just two off its season-low.

Vail led the Pride (11-10) with three goals and an assist, while classmate Lucas Habich paired two goals and a helper. Junior Joseph Cameron accounted for three of the team’s five caused turnovers and scooped five ground balls, while senior goaltender Cole Finerty closed his career with a 14 save effort.

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