No. 11 Cabrini Starts Fast, Downs Marywood

Scranton, PA Cabrini College, currently ranked 11th nationally in the latest USILA Coaches' Poll, built a decisive 7-1 lead after the first quarter of Thursday evening's Colonial States Athletic Conference game at Marywood University and earned the top seed in the upcoming CSAC playoffs with a 15-8 victory over the Pacers.

The Cavaliers improve to 12-3 overall with the win and finish the regular season with a 6-0 conference mark while the Pacers fall to 11-4 on the year and 5-1 in the CSAC.

Marywood, the second seed in this year's playoffs, while host Gwynedd-Mercy College on Tuesday afternoon. in Scranton in a CSAC semifinal while Cabrini will host Immaculata University in the other semifinal match.

Cabrini scored the first six goals of Thursday night's contest and held a 6-0 after Ryan Sankey scored a man-up goal for the Cavaliers. Gregory Nester (Morgantown, PA) got Marywood on the board with an unassisted tally with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter, but Steve Kapp gave the visitors a 7-1 lead by scoring with 38 seconds remaining in the period.

After the first 15 minutes, the game played much more evenly, as Jamie Beagen (Patchogue, NY) and Nester scored goals separated by 46 seconds to cut Marywood deficit to 7-3 before the Cavaliers got a pair of tallies in the final 4:31 of the second quarter to regain their six-goal advantage heading into halftime.

Brian Roerden (Warwick, NY) cut the Pacers' deficit to 9-4 by tallying just 20 seconds into the period, but Cabrini responded with the next three goals to build a 12-4 lead with 3:05 to play in the third stanza. Marywood's Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) found the back of the net with 49 seconds left on the clock to cut the hosts' deficit to 12-5 going into the final period.

After George Downey IV (Palmyra, PA) scored for Marywood 3:20 into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers put the game out of reach by scoring the next three goals to lead 15-6 with 4:33 to play. William Roerden (Warwick, NY) scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season with 1:38 left on the clock and Nester completed his hat-trick 35 seconds later with a pretty, one-handed finish after getting hit by a Cabrini defender.

Cabrini, who has now won 77 straight regular season games against conference opponents, held a 40-22 advantage in shots for the game and a 40-34 edge in groundballs. Casey Grugan (3 goals, 3 assists) and Paul Skulski (4 goals, 2 assists) had six points apiece to lead the Cavaliers, who got nine saves from goalie Erick Zarzecki.

Nester's three goals paced Marywood's attach, which got single points from six other players. The Pacers won 14 of the game's 24 face-offs, led by Stephen Klepfer (Binghamton, NY), who went 12-18 on draws. Jesse Habich (Broomall, PA) made 16 saves in Marywood's cage.

The Pacers, making their third playoff appearance in as many seasons, will host third-seeded Gwynedd-Mercy College on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The Pacers topped the Griffins in a 9-8 overtime thrilling in Gwynedd Valley on April 10th.

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SCRANTON, Pa. The 11th-ranked Cabrini men's lacrosse team has completed its 10th consecutive unbeaten regular season in conference play, downing Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) opponent Marywood University, 15-8, on the road Thursday night. The Cavaliers' ninth straight win extends their NCAA Division III-best conference win streak to 77 straight games.

Including the postseason, Cabrini has won 94 consecutive contests against CSAC opponents dating back to the 2001 season. The victory against the Pacers also assures the Cavaliers the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the CSAC Tournament.

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