Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights
May 09, 2012
Eagles' Tourney Run Stopped at Cabrini
After controlling the opening face-off, the Eagles were able to take advantage of a man-up chance on a strong shot from Eric Waibel. Waibel secured a pass from Chris Farrar and fired low for a 1-0 lead. The Cavaliers (16-2) won the following draw and tied the game six seconds later on a beautiful transition goal. The Cavaliers took the lead for good on a rebound of a shot off the pipe just inside the ten minute mark in the opening period.
Behind some solid interior defense and some quality saves from Aaron Benz, the Eagles stayed within striking distance at the end of one quarter even without a fair share of possession.
That possession deficit caught up to the Eagles in a big way in the second period. The Eagles had the first possession of the period, but the Cavs fought off an extra-man opportunity with a solid save from Erick Zarzecki. Cabrini scored off that save and then Cabrini's first-year face-off specialist Anthony DiNenno took over the game. DiNenno won 15-of-22 draws, and the Cavaliers used his possession gaining skills to initiate the early attack.
On the occasions the Eagles were able to get into settled situations on defense, the Cabrini offense showed its strength with crisp passing and timely cuts for good looks at goal. The Cavaliers struck for seven goals in the opening nine minutes of the second and then added two more in the final minute of the frame to take the game to half up 11-1.
The hosts scored the first three goals of the second half before Zac Ivy scored on a man-up chance to give the Eastern faithful something to cheer about. The Cabrini defense, ranked at the top of Division III in goals allowed, would not allow the come-back to gain any traction.
Matt Soldano added the final Eastern goal of the day on another Farrar assist. Brian Hill led the charge for Cabrini with four goals and three assists. Damian Sobieski had three goals and an assist and Corey Elmer scored three times.
The loss brings to a close the most successful season in Eastern Men's Lacrosse history. In just its seventh season back, the Eagles won 13 games and earned a MAC Championship. Eastern (13-5) returns the majority of its roster and will look to take another big step forward next year .
The Cavaliers will take on Dickinson College in a second round game on Saturday.
Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2012