Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/21
From Press Release
The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team will appear in its 19th consecutive conference championship game on Saturday after scoring a 22-6 win over Marywood in tonight’s Atlantic East Conference semifinal game at Edith Robb Dixon Field.
The top seeded Cavaliers improved to 9-2 on the season and will face the number two seed Neumann in Saturday’s title tilt. Game time has not yet been announced.
The No. 5 Cavaliers got balanced scoring, as 12 players marked the scoring column. Among them was senior Jake Klein, (Wilson) who etched his name in the Blue and White record book.
Just five minutes into the game, the senior connected with freshman Bryan Rafferty (Bishop Shanahan) to give Cabrini a 3-0 lead. The assist was the 132nd of Klein’s career, breaking the program record, previously held by Tom Lemieux (1999-02). The senior finished the night with two goals, three helpers and a pair of ground balls.
Classmate Ty Kostack (Marple Newtown) led all scorers with seven points, paring four goals and three assists, while fellow senior Matt LoParo matched Kostack’s four markers and handed out two assists.
Senior Kyle Tucker recorded four points and matched Rafferty, junior Griffin Shira and sophomore River Harper (Wilmington Friends) with two goals each.
Cabrini recorded a season high 81 shots on the day, with 21 Cavaliers recording at least one attempt on the Marywood cage.
Much of the Blue and White’s offensive spark emerged from a dominant performance at the faceoff spot, where Cabrini went 23-31, including 17-19 in the opening 30 minutes. Sophomore Jake Huey (Marple Newtown) controlled the circle, winning a career high 19 of his 22 chances and securing a season best 10 ground balls.
While the offense rolled, the defense never allowed the Pacers to find their footing, pressuring the visitors into 23 turnovers and just 14-23 in clear attempts.
Senior Tommy DeLuca led Cabrini’s defensive effort pairing five caused turnovers, six ground balls and an assist, while classmate Bobby Cressman matched DeLuca with six ground balls and a scored a goal.
Sophomore netminder Matt Sageder was called on for just one first half save to earn the win, while freshman Rob Pensabene (Lenape) notched six fourth quarter saves.