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No. 3 Cabrini topples No. 13 Lynchburg, 17-15

Saturday, 22nd February 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/22/20
From Press Release

No. 3 Cabrini scored two goals in the final three minutes to break a 15-15 deadlock en route to a 17-15 win over No. 13 Lynchburg today at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Six Cavaliers accounted for today’s scoring, with seniors Ty Kostack (Marple Newtown) and Matt LoParo tallying six points each. LoParo paired three goals and three assists, while Kostack netted four goals and two assists.

Kostack’s final goal etched his name in the program’s record book. The senior’s final tally came with just 55 seconds on the clock to give Cabrini a two goal cushion and marked the 100th goal of his career, just the 15th time in program history a player has reached the century mark.

Classmate Mike Gerzabek (Springfield-Delco) and freshman Kohl Wesner (Hempfield) matched Kostack with four goals.

Seniors Bobby Cressman (Berks Catholic) and Kyle Myers matches sophomore Seamus Hogan (Academy of the New Church) with two caused turnovers each, while Wesner scooped five ground balls, one more than Kostack and Myers.

Senior Matt Nestler and freshman Matt Sageder split time in the Blue and White cage, combining for 11 saves, while sophomore Jake Huey (Marple Newtown) went 16-27 at the faceoff spot with seven ground balls.

Despite falling behind 2-1 midway through the first quarter, the Cavaliers rallied to take 5-2 lead early in the second period. The Hornets pulled within one goal after a man-up tally with 5:12 to play in the quarter, but Wesner and Kostack found the back of the net in a 28 seconds span to push the lead back to 8-5.

Lynchburg grabbed the game’s momentum with a goal just 62 seconds before the first half buzzer. A Cabrini penalty in the final seconds of the half allowed the Hornets to begin the third with a man-up and the visitors took advantage, scoring just 32 seconds into the third.

The Hornets completed their comeback with 10:08 left in the stanza, after back to back goals tied the score at 10-10.

Both teams alternated goals over the next 15 minutes, but the Cavaliers never allowed Lynchburg to grab a lead. Another Lynchburg man-up goal evened the score at 13-13 with 10:18 to play, but LoParo and classmate Kevin Leyden (Haverford High) recorded unassisted tallies to put the Cavaliers ahead 15-13 at the 7:19 mark.

As they had done all day, the Hornets buzzed back, as senior Kevin Rogers scored the final two of his five goals, leveling the score sheet at 15 with 4:25 to play.

After losing the ensuing faceoff, the Cavaliers turned to their defense to get an important stop. A Lynchburg turnover gave the Cavaliers a possession that ended with Wesner’s game-winning goal with just under three minutes to play.

The scene replayed itself on the next faceoff. The Hornets won the faceoff before Hogan caused turnover that led to another possession that ended with Kostack’s 100th career tally.

Huey claimed his 16th faceoff win on the game’s final draw, allowing the Blue and White to run out the clock.

Rogers finished the afternoon with seven points and six ground balls for Lynchburg (1-2), while sophomores Brett Rogers and Nate Shafer added four points each. Junior goaltender Noah Bedwell suffered the loss despite recording 11 saves.

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