Cabrini vs. Gettysburg
March 17, 2010
The Game Story:
RADNOR, Pa. – The 19th-ranked Cabrini men’s lacrosse team held a 9-8 advantage versus No. 1 Gettysburg College with 13:09 remaining in the fourth quarter Wednesday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. However, the Bullets rallied and ended the Cavaliers’ upset hopes, scoring the final four goals of the contest en route to a 12-9 victory in front of a capacity crowd.

Senior attackman and 2010 Tewaaraton Award candidate Casey Grugan was brilliant on the offensive end, recording a team-high five points on four goals and one assist. Grugan extended his consecutive points streak to 63 games, the longest active streak in the country, and his consecutive goals streak to an NCAA Division III record-best 60 games.

Senior attackman Steve Kapp and junior attackman Paul Skulski each notched two points. Kapp scored two goals and Skulski paired one score with one helper.

Sophomore midfielder Brian Hill (1A), freshman attackman Ryan Sankey (1G) and freshman attackman Bobby Thorp (1G) each chipped in one point.

Much of the Blue & White’s success on the offensive end was a result of its performance at the face-off X. Junior Mike Gurenlian powered the Cavaliers in the draw circle, winning 11-of-16 attempts. Junior Joe Strain went 7-of-8 on face-off tries.

Junior defenseman Steve Heaps led Cabrini in hustle category, scooping a team-best six groundballs. Freshman midfielder Joe Hughes tallied five groundballs.

Rookie goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki went the distance in between the pipes, recording eight saves, including four in the second quarter.

Tied at 8-8 entering the final period, Thorp supplied the Cavaliers with a 9-8 edge with slightly more than 13 minutes on the clock. Gettysburg senior attackman Joe Brody deposited the equalizer at the 10:53 mark and sparked the decisive 4-0 run.

Senior attackman Josh Reichert trickled past Zarzecki the eventual game-winning tally with 5:44 on the clock. The Bullets pushed their lead to two goals, 11-9, at the 3:15 mark and added an empty net score with 26 ticks left.

After taking an early 1-0 lead, the Cavaliers trailed Gettysburg 3-2 following the opening 15 minutes. Kapp’s second goal of the period, off a feed from Skulski, with .2 ticks remaining cut the Cabrini deficit to one goal.

Following three goals from the Bullets to begin the second stanza, Grugan pulled the Blue & White even, netting three of his four scores in the period. Cabrini trailed 6-3 with 8:45 left before halftime until Grugan ignited a 3-0 run that deadlock the game, 6-6, at halftime.

The Gettysburg offense boasted 11 players with at least one point. Junior midfielder Chris Cahill led the Bullets with three points on one goal and two assists. Junior midfielder J.C. Ward and sophomore attackman Pat Sartory each totaled two scores.

Sophomore goalkeeper John LeClerc recorded 15 saves for Gettysburg in the victory.

The loss is the Cavaliers’ fifth in five tries all-time versus the Bullets. It is also just the fifth loss for the Blue & White on its home turf, dating back to the 2007 season. Today’s game is the first ever at home for the Cabrini men’s lacrosse program versus a No. 1-ranked team.

Cabrini (3-3) plays its third straight of a five-game homestand Saturday, March 20 against non-conference opponent Drew University. Game time against the Rangers is 1:30 p.m.