Cabrini vs. Springfield
May 8, 2013
The Game Story:
RADNOR, Pa. – For the seventh consecutive year, the Cabrini men's lacrosse team will open the NCAA Tournament from the comfort of its home field. The Cavaliers will welcome the Springfield College Pride to Edith Robb Dixon Field tonight at 6:00 p.m. in a first round tournament match-up.

The No. 5 Blue and White qualified for its 12th consecutive tournament after winning its 13th straight Colonial States Athletic Conference championship. The 24-3 championship game victory over Centenary improved the Cavaliers to 14-3, extending their current win streak to 11 games.

Cabrini controlled the game from the opening whistle, netting the game's first six goals. The Blue and White really put the game out of reach in the final two minutes of the second quarter, as it scored four goals in the final two minute, extending its halftime lead to 14-2.

Junior Corey Elmer claimed Most Valuable Player honors after scoring seven points for the ninth time this season. Elmer totaled five goals and two assists, becoming the first player in program history to record 100 points in a single season. The junior is now tied for 5th on the single season goal list with 51 and tops the single season assist list with 49.

Elmer was just one of 12 Cavaliers to find the back of the net in the win. Senior Bobby Thorp added four goals, while junior JoJo Cooper and sophomore Ben Laffoon recorded career highs with three goals each.

Cabrini boasts one of the nation's top offensive attacks, averaging 16.71 goals per game and 27.41 points per contest, both fourth highest in Division III. The club often controls the ball from the faceoff circle, claiming 65.5%, the country's eighth highest win percentage.

Elmer's record season has established the junior as one of the most dangerous players in the country. The junior's 5.88 points per game rank third in the nation, while his 2.88 assists are seventh. Thorp ranks second on the team in all three offensive categories, with 61 points, 39 goals and 22 helpers. Sophomore Ethan Heisman adds 32 goals, while junior Joey Shallow has served up 16 dimes.

In addition to ranking 17th in the country with a 0.658 faceoff percentage, sophomore Anthony DiNenno leads the club with 102 ground balls on the season. Senior Andrew Kvech tops the team with 23 caused turnovers and ranks second with 82 ground balls.

Freshman goaltender Chris Treat improved to 10-1 with the title game win. The rookie owns the nation's third best goals against average of 5.61, an average that has dropped to under three over the last seven contests. Treat's save percentage of 0.625 also ranks 14th in the country.

The Pride sports a 10-7 overall record after claiming its sixth consecutive Pilgrim League championship on Saturday. Springfield's 14-3 win over Babson extended its conference win streak to 49 games.

Babson opened the scoring with a man-up goal six minutes into play, but the Pride responded with five unanswered goals and never looked back. Junior Ryon Lynch led the Pride with six points on two goals and four assists, while fellow junior Kevin Freeman tallied five goals. Junior netminder Connor Nash added a career high 18 saves to secure the title.

Lynch was recently names Pilgrim League Player of the Year after posting one of the finest offensive seasons in Springfield College history, leading the league with 77 points, thanks to 36 goals and 41 assists. Junior Ryan Murphy ranks second on the team with 54 points, on 33 goals and 21 helpers. The duo combine for over 35% of the Pride's scoring.

Junior Branden Fernandez leads Springfield with 82 ground balls, 23 more than sophomore Matt Dalton. Murphy and Lynch have recorded 13 and 14 caused turnovers, respectively, to lead the team, while junior defenseman Matt Giannelli has forced 12 miscues.

Nash took over the goaltending duties at halftime of the club's regular season finale. The junior held Babson to just two second half goals as the Pride rallied from a 9-2 halftime deficit to secure the 13-11 win. In his eight total appearances this season, Nash has surrendered 34 goals versus 50 saves. Those numbers have improved over the last 2.5 games, in which the junior has surrendered just nine goals and recorded 32 saves.

The winner of today's game will advance to Saturday's second round game at No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology, who was awarded a first round bye.