Cabrini vs. Centenary
May 1, 2012
|Erick Zarzecki||9 (0.750)|
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|Conor Nolan||(0, 2)|
|Cameron Gunn||(2, 0)|
|Steve Orsini||(1, 0)|
|Grant Nice||12 (0.400)|
|Kyle Mcvay||1 (1.000)|
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|The Game Story:|
|The Cabrini College men's lacrosse team begins its quest for a 12th consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship tonight. The Cavaliers welcome the Centenary College Cyclones to Edith Robb Dixon Field for a 6:30 p.m. CSAC semifinal.|
The Blue and White bring a 111 regular and postseason win streak over CSAC opponents into the 2012 tournament, including a 7-0 mark this season. One of those wins this season came over the Cyclones, a 19-5 win on April 4.
Sophomore Matt Biegel paced the Cavaliers with a career high seven points on three goals and four assists. Freshman Anthony DiSanzo joined Biegel with a hat trick, while five other players posted at least two goals.
The game was knotted at 1-1 after one period, but the Cavaliers exploded for 10 unanswered goals in the second quarter, including nine in the final 6:12 of the half.
Ranked #6 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national rankings, the Blue and White boast the nation's top scoring defense and third ranked scoring offense.
Junior goaltender and 2012 CSAC Player o the Year Erick Zarzecki leads Division III with a 4.47 goals against average. His 0.649 save percentage is eighth best in the country.
Cabrini's first line defensive trio of senior John McSorley and juniors Andrew Kvech and Tyler Grau have combined to cause 59 turnovers and secure 95 ground balls.
The Cavaliers dominate the field offensive third, averaging 16.7 goals per game. The Blue and White also ranks second in the nation with 26.8 points per game and third with 10.8 assist per contest.
The combination of junior Bobby Thorp and senior Brian Hill are among the nation's best scoring duos, combining for 9.16 points per game. Thorp leads the league with 42 goals and 72 points and third with 30 helpers.
Hill's 38 goals place him behind Thorp, while he ranks third and fourth in points and assists, respectively.
Far from a two-man offensive unit, nine players have scored at least 10 goals on the year, while 11 Cavaliers have recorded at least 15 points.
The Cyclones bring a 6-8 mark into tonight's game, but have posted four wins in their last five games since their loss to the Cavaliers. Centenary outscored Rosemont and Neumann 43-8 in the final two games of the regular season.
Juniors Cameron Gunn and Connor Nolan lead the Cyclones with a combined 125 points. Gunn's 32 assists top the CSAC list, while his 68 points rank second in the CSAC behind Thorp and 36 goals rank third.
Connor ranks second on the club with 26 goals and 31 assists for 57 points.
Defensively, freshman Patrick Johnston has caused a team-high 30 turnovers and scooped 57 ground balls. Senior goaltender Kyle McVay allows just 8.13 goals per game, while saving 63% of his shots.
In the other CSAC semifinal, Gwynedd-Mercy College (9-5. 5-2 CSAC) travels to Scranton, Pa. to face Marywood University (9-6, 6-1 CSAC) tonight at 7:00 p.m.
The winners of tonight's semifinals will meet in Saturday's championship game for the league crown and the CSAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.