#9 Cabrini Tops Gwynedd-Mercy for 10th Straight CSAC Title

RADNOR, Pa. The 9th-ranked Cabrini men's lacrosse team captured its 10th consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) title with a 20-3 win versus Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The victory advances the Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season.

Senior attackman and 2010 Tewaaraton Award candidate Casey Grugan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley HS) was named the game's most valuable player, totaling six points with four goals and two assists. Grugan's first goal of the game with 3:31 remaining in the opening quarter was the 200th of his Cabrini career.

Grugan, the Cavaliers' all-time leader in career points (330), extended the nation's longest consecutive points streak to 74 games. He has scored at least one goal in an NCAA Division III-record 71 straight games.

Sophomore attackman Brian Hill (Folsom, Pa./Ridley HS) and freshman midfielder Andrew Protenic (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East HS) each netted three goals. Sophomore midfielder Joe Arrell (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco HS) (1G, 2A) and freshman midfielder Ryan Sankey (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent HS) (2G, 1A) also posted three points.

Senior attackman Steve Kapp (Oreland, Pa./La Salle HS), junior midfielder Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) and freshman attackman Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) each scored two goals.

The Cabrini face-off unit tallied 22 of 25 draw victories. Junior face-off specialist Mike Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco HS) went a perfect 9 for 9 at the X. Junior Joe Strain (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) won 6 of 8 draws.

Strain and junior midfielder Dan Terenick (Woodlynn, Pa./Ridley HS) led the Cavaliers in the hustle category, each scooping a team-high five groundballs. Cabrini owned a 54-22 advantage in groundballs.

Freshman goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) recorded seven saves in 45 minutes played.

The Blue & White held a 6-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter behind six different goal-scorers. The Cavaliers built a 14-3 lead at the intermission. Cabrini out-scored GMC 8-2 in the second quarter.

Hill deposited three unanswered goals to close out the third period and open the final stanza. Sankey scored the games' final two goals in the last 9:15. The Cavaliers' defense kept the Griffins scoreless in the closing 30 minutes.

Sophomore attackman Matt Houk scored two goals for the Griffins in the loss. Sophomore midfielder Stefan Hetland dished two assists.

The victory is the Cavaliers' 96th straight against CSAC opponents, including the postseason, since the 2001 season.

Cabrini (14-3) will learn of its NCAA Tournament destiny on Sunday, May 9. The NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship brackets will be announced on CBS College Sports Network during the NCAA Lacrosse Selection Special. The selection special begins at 10:00 p.m.

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RADNOR, PA. -- Gwynedd-Mercy fell to Cabrini, 20-3, in the championship game of the 2010 Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday. The Griffins were making their first appearance in the league title game in just its second year of exsistence.

Sophomore Matt Houk (Vienna, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored two of the Griffins' goals in the first half. Sophomore Nick Coan (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) had the other goal while Stefan Hetland (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) added two assists.

Tournament MVP Casey Grugan recorded four goals and two assists, as the Cavaliers (14-3) won their 10th-consecutive conference championship.

Gwynedd-Mercy finishes the 2010 season with an overall record of 10-5.

2010-05-08



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