#6 Cabrini Tops #11 Red Devils in NCAA Second Round
(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #6-ranked Cavaliers of Cabrini jumped out to a quick start and hold on to knock-off #11-ranked Dickinson College, 12-7, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships.
The Cavaliers wasted little time putting a goal on the board as Corey Elmer found the net just 1:12 into the contest, scoring off an assist from Anthony DiSanzo. Brian Hill scored off an assist from Andrew Layne to put Cabrini in front, 2-0, with 13:13 on the clock.
The Cavs would stretch the lead to 5-0 before the Red Devils answered at the 3:17 mark. Junior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) put the Devils on the board with an unassisted goal before sophomore Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) scored off an assist from Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers tacked on a late goal as Elmer fed Mike Leyden with eight seconds on the clock to put Cabrini up, 6-2, at the end of the first.
The Red Devils capitalized on a pair of Cabrini penalties. Senior Sam Greenberg (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) tallied a pair of extra-man goals, scoring off assists from Cannon and sophomore Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) to pull the Devils within two at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter.
Senior Bobby Kingsley (Bethesda, Md./St. Albans) found Beitel for another Dickinson goal to pull the Devils within one, with 5:01 to play in the half. Brian Hill dodged and scored to give Cabrini a 9-7 advantage at halftime.
Emler scored off an assist from Bobby Thorp to open the second half, putting the Cavaliers up, 10-7, with 11:28 on the clock. Sophomore Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) ripped a shot into the net off a great skip pass from Cannon with 7:38 to play in the quarter. Thorp answered at the 2:18 mark, scoring off a beautiful assist from long pole John McSorley to give Cabrini a 9-6 lead.
Cherry pulled the Devils within two again, scoring with just one second remaining in the third period. Defense, transition and turnovers were the story of the final quarter. Cabrini would score the only three goals of the period, including what proved to be an empty net goal as the Devils looked to rally.
Damian Sobieski scored the first goal to the period with just 3:37 remaining in the game. The Cavs added tallies at the 1:33 mark and Thorp struck with 57 seconds to play for the final of 12-7.
Cabrini improves to 17-2 overall and advances to the "Elite Eight". They will face the winner of the Goucher-Salisbury match-up on Wednesday. Goucher and Salisbury are set to face-off at 7:00 pm tonight.
Cannon led the Devil attack with a goal and two assists while Greenberg and Beitel each struck twice on the day. Cherry added a goal and an assist to take over sole possession of fifth on the school's all-time list for assists. He joined the century club, scoring 113 points to rank third in career points, adding 45 goals.
Cannon went over the century mark in the Centennial Conference Championship, and ranks in the top 15 in career points in just his second season.
Junior Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made nine saves in goal while long pole midfielder Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Basking Ridge) caused three turnovers and controlled three ground balls.
Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) battled on face-offs, winning eight on the day and controlling five ground balls. He became just the third player in program history to win over 300 face-offs, ranking third all-time with 478 career wins.
First-year Slay Sudah (Franklin Park, N.J./St. Joseph's) caused three turnovers. Junior Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) combined for nine ground balls and caused three turnovers on the day.
Thorp led the Cavaliers with three goals and an assist while Elmer tallied a pair of goals and two assists. Erick Zerzecki made nine saves and controlled a pair of ground balls in the nets for Cabrini.
The Red Devils finish 15-4 overall, ranked 11th in the USILA National Coaches Poll. They made their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the "Sweet Sixteen" for the second straight year.