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NCAA men’s D3: Cabrini fall short in upset bid, bows to Salisbury, 13-8

Sunday, 15th May 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/15/22
From Press Release

The Cabrini men’s lacrosse team’s bid to upset the No. 1 team in the country fell short today, as the No. 12 Cavaliers fell to Salisbury 13-8 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The loss closed the Blue and White’s season at 16-5, including 6-0 in the Atlantic East Conference. The club extended its NCAA-record conference win streak to 132 games and raised the program’s 21st consecutive conference championship.

Five Cavaliers accounted for the scoring in today’s loss, with juniors Austin Bolton and Dillon McManus joining sophomore Max Drift scoring two goals each. Fellow junior Mikey Vanaman (St. Augustine Prep) added a goal and an assist, while classmate Dan Bennet (St. Augustine Prep) added a marker.

Graduate student Matt Nestler anchored the defensive effort with 12 saves and three ground balls. Senior Zack Kaut (Penncrest) paired three caused turnovers with four ground balls, while junior Peter Hewitt (Conestoga) scooped five ground balls.

Cross Ferrara (Appoquinimink-DE) led the Gulls with six goals and two assists, while goaltender ZJ Shahin tallied 13 saves. With today’s victory, Salisbury advances to the next weekend’s national quarterfinal round, where it will face Tufts University.

Cabrini grabbed an early lead, as Vanaman and Bennett tallied the game’s first goals. Following a Sea Gulls marker, goals by Drift and Bolton pushed the Cavaliers’ lead to 4-1 with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

The home side regained the momentum in the final minute of the opening period, as Salisbury netted two goals in the final 60 seconds of the first quarter, including one just beating the buzzer, pulling the Gulls to within 4-3.

Salisbury continued its scoring run into the second quarter, grabbing a 5-4 lead with 10 minutes left in the period.

McManus briefly interrupted the Salisbury scoring run, leveling the score at 5-5 at the 8:50 mark, but the Gulls posted the final three goals of the period, with two coming in the final 34 seconds, to carry a 8-5 lead into the halftime break.

Salisbury extended its cushion to four goals in the opening minutes of the third before Bolton and Drift posted man-up markers to pull the Cavaliers to within 9-7 midway through the frame.

While the Blue and White looked to slice further into its deficit, the Gulls had other ideas, scoring the final goal of the third quarter and the first two of the fourth to secure its five goal winning margin.

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