Shenandoah vs. Cabrini
April 18, 2009
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. – The No. 16 Cabrini men’s lacrosse team extended its season-best win streak to six games Saturday, coasting to a 21-1 win against Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) foe Shenandoah University. Senior attackman Scott Reimer scored six goals, including the 200th of his Cavaliers’ career, in the victory against the Hornets.

Cabrini also extends the country’s longest conference win streak to 84 games, including the postseason and all under ninth-year head coach Steve Colfer since 2001. The Cavaliers have won 69 consecutive contests during the regular season.

Additionally, Colfer has guided the Blue & White to its ninth 10-win season in the last nine years. Cabrini has averaged more than 13 wins a season under Colfer’s tutelage, including a program-record 17 victories in 2008.

Reimer, the program’s all-time leader in career goals (205) becomes Cabrini’s first player ever to reach the 200-goal plateau. He is now just six points (228) shy of becoming the program’s leader in career points, trailing Athletic Hall of Fame honoree Tom Lemieux’s (1999-2002) standard of 233.

Junior attackman Casey Grugan added three points on two goals and one assist, extending the nation’s second-longest consecutive points streak to 51 games. Grugan’s performance also moves him into sole possession of fifth-place all-time on the Cavaliers’ single-season points chart with 69.

Freshman attackman Brian Hill (2G) and sophomore midfielder Paul Skulski (1G, 1A) each contributed two points with the first unit.

Sophomore attackman Jordan Coeyman led a combined 10 points generated from the Cabrini reserves with three on three goals. Senior midfielder B.J. Kletcheck (2G) and sophomore midfielder Joe Strain (1G, 1A) added two points off the bench.

The Cavaliers owned a comfortable 50-26 advantage in groundballs. Seniors Mike Dolente, Kevin Fahey and Joe Monroe led the Cabrini charge, each scooping a team-high four groundballs.

Dolente and Fahey powered the Blue & White in the face-off circle, sparking the Cavaliers to an 18-for-26 afternoon. Dolente claimed 7-of-8 draws, while Fahey won 5-of-8. Sophomore specialist Mike Gurenlian notched 6-of-8 face-off victories.

The Cabrini defense, led by Monroe, senior Jeff Moore and rookie John McSorley, held the Shenandoah attack to just 13 shots and forced the hosts into 30 turnovers.

Senior goalkeeper Kevin Chenoweth earned his 10th win of the season, logging 30 minutes in the Cabrini cage and recording two saves. Senior Bobby Chambers played more than 26 minutes before making way for freshman cageminder James Caruso with less than four minutes remaining.

The Cavaliers’ offense, ranked in the Top 10 in three categories nationally entering Saturday, blitzed Shenandoah from the opening whistle, jumping to a 6-0 lead after a goal from sophomore midfielder Dan Terenick with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter. Reimer ignited the charge, scoring three goals during the run.

Joe Avveduti put the Hornets on the scoreboard in the opening quarter just 12 seconds following, depositing Shenandoah’s lone goal of the contest.

Cabrini closed the first half on a 10-0 run, tallying a convincing 16-1 lead at the intermission. Reimer added three more scores in the second quarter, including the half’s final marker with 28 ticks left.

Coeyman (6:45) and Skulski (1:33) each found the back of the cage in the third quarter, pushing the Cavaliers’ advantage to 17 goals, 18-1, heading into the final period.

Strain (12:51) opened the scoring in the fourth quarter before junior midfielder Paul Levine (10:37) and Coeyman (5:17) closed out the offensive outburst. Cabrini eclipsed the 20-goal barrier for the third time this season.

The Blue & White improves its record to 11-1 all-time versus Shenandoah dating back to the 1999 season. The Hornets opened the relationship with a 10-9 win, but have lost 11 straight.

Cabrini (10-3, 4-0) returns home and resumes CSAC competition Tuesday, April 21 against Neumann College. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.