Cabrini vs. Haverford
May 10, 2008
The Game Story:
RADNOR, Pa. (May 10) - The Cabrini College men’s lacrosse team made history today with a 13-10 win over visiting Haverford College in the second round of the NCAA DIII Lacrosse Championships. With the win, the Cavaliers (17-2) advance to Wednesday’s quarter-finals where they will take on the winner of tonight’s game between top-seeded Salisbury State University and Ohio Wesleyan.

This marks the first time in college history that any Cavalier athletic team has reached the final eight in NCAA tournament play.

The Cavaliers broke open a tight game during a 10-minute stretch in the third quarter as Cabrini’s Paul Skulski snapped a 7-7 tie with his goal at the 5:40 mark. Scott Reimer then scored three straight goals for the Cavs and Casey Grugan added another tally to give Cabrini a 12-7 lead heading into the fourth period.

Haverford would not back down however as the Black Squirrels used two goals from Matt Hjelm and one from David Lawrence to cut the lead to 12-10 with 8:31 to play.That would be as close as Haverford would get as Reimer ended the scoring on the day when he took a feed from McKinney at the 1:29 mark to give Cabrini the final 13-10 margin.

Reimer led all scorers with five goals while Grugan and McKinney each added two goals and one assist. Haverford was paced by Hjelm’s three goals and three assists while Brian Fleishhacker collected two goals.Jake Mendlinger (six saves) and John-Paul Cashiola (one save) split time in the goal for Haverford. For the Cavaliers, Bobby Chambers made five stops in the first half before Kevin Chenoweth took over in the second half and made seven saves.

The sixth-ranked Cavaliers, who captured their eighth consecutive PAC title this past Saturday with a win over Eastern University, were making their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. This was the second year in a row that the Cavs have hosted an NCAA second round game. Last season, Cabrini fell to Ithaca College 18-11.

Ninth-ranked Haverford College, which was making its first trip the NCAA tourney, ends the year at 11-5. Earlier in the season, Cabrini handed the Black Squirrels one of their four regular season losses when they captured a 13-8 non-conference win at Haverford. Today’s game marked the first time that Cabrini and Haverford have met in the NCAA tournament.

Haverford opened up the scoring when Hjelm fed Mike Distler at the 10:36 mark. The Cavaliers responded with three unanswered goals from McKinney, Rich Romanelli and Pat Jenkins to take a 3-1 lead after one period.

The Black Squirrels stormed right back to open the second period with two goals from Brian Fleishhacker and one from Matt Thorne-Fitzgerald to take a 4-3 lead with 11:48 to go in the half. Reimer tied it up at 8:31 but Haverford’s Grant Firestone answered right back with a goal 20 seconds later to give Haverford a 5-4 lead. Cabrini’s McKinney tied the score at 5-5 at 6:40 and Grugan gave the Cavs a 6-5 lead heading into the half on his first goal of the game with 1:09 left to play.