No. 8 Cabrini Outshoots No. 15 Denison in First Round

Cabrini (15-3) will play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season and visits No. 1 Stevenson for the second consecutive year on Saturday, May 15. Game time against the Mustangs is to be announced.

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No. 8 Cabrini outshot No. 15 Denison, 47-29 and utilized a four-goal run in the closing minutes of the second quarter to defeat the Big Red, 10-7 in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

Despite struggling at the face-off X and in the ground ball game, the Big Red kept up with the Cavaliers throughout the 60 minutes of action. Cabrini took a 3-0 lead after the opening quarter thanks to goals by freshman attack, Bobby Thorpe, and juniors Paul Skulski and Dan Terenick.

Early in the second quarter, Cabrini was flagged for the game's first penalty and eight seconds later Denison's Brady Burton (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) would score the Big Red's first goal of the game off an assist from Tanner Smith (Boxford, Mass./Brooks School).

With 10:21 to play in the second quarter, DU would trim the Cabrini lead to one when Alex Hardt (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) scored off a feed from Cory Couture (San Diego, Calif./Coronado). Two minutes later the Big Red would tie the game at 3-3 via Emmett Jones' (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) 33rd goal of the season.

Things were looking good for the Big Red until a turnover with three minutes left in the half led to an unassisted goal by Cabrini's Casey Grugan with 1:57 to play. Mike Gurenlian won the ensuing face-off and would score five seconds later, giving the Cavs a 5-3. The lead would get pushed out to four heading into halftime after goals by Dan Terenick and Casey Grugan, with the latter coming just three seconds before the horn sounded.

Cabrini won 7 of 8 face-off's in the second quarter while winning the first half ground ball battle 19-8. In the third quarter, the two teams would each score two goals, resulting in a 9-5 lead for Cabrini heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

In that final quarter of play the Big Red gained some momentum after Cabrini's Anthony Mazza was flagged for a slash. Just as they did in the first quarter, Smith would find Burton with 11:28 left in the game for Denison's second extra-man goal of the game. With 9:02 left in the game, Jones dropped in his second goal of the afternoon, getting DU to within two goals at 9-7.

With time running down on the Big Red's season, Cabrini's offense refused to relinquish the ball. From the 9 minute mark to the 2 minute mark, the Cavaliers would outshoot Denison 9-1 while grabbing seven of the eight ground balls during that time frame. The biggest factor which kept DU in the game during that seven-minute span was sophomore goalie Gregg Shannon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./St. Anthony's) who posted six of his career-high 18 saves during that barrage by the Cavaliers.

Finally, with 1:56 left in the game, Cabrini's Steve Kapp slipped one past Shannon to give his team a 10-7 lead. Denison would win the ensuing face-off, their first since early in the second quarter, and Porter McKay unleashed a quick shot that was saved by Erick Zarzecki. The two teams would trade turnovers over the final 1:30 of play, chewing up clock and thwarting any chance of a last-ditch comeback attempt from the Big Red.

Denison was led in points by Smith who scored one goal and had three assists. Burton scored two goals and had one assist and Jones finished with two goals. Scoring was rounded out by Couture (1g, 1a) and Hardt (1g). Denison posted only 20 ground balls in the game which was 17 under their season average. Smith led the team with four ground balls. Facing off was another struggle for DU as Cabrini took 16 of 20.

For Cabrini, Terenick, Kapp, and Grugan each scored two goals. Gurenlian was outstanding at the X, taking 12 of 14 and ending with seven ground balls. On the wing, Joe Hughes led the team with eight ground balls.

The Big Red's season comes to an end with a 10-4 record while Cabrini advances to the second-round on Saturday (May 15) where they will take on No. 1 Stevenson in Owings Mills, Md.

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