No. 17 Cabrini Glides Past Gwynedd-Mercy

RADNOR, Pa. No. 17 Cabrini notched its fifth straight victory with a 16-6 win versus CSAC opponent Gwynedd-Mercy on Wednesday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Senior attackman Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) netted his 100th career goal in the victory.

Skulski led the Cavaliers' offense with five points, scoring two goals and handing out three assists. Skulski deposited the milestone marker with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter, supplying Cabrini with a 12-5 advantage.

Skulski is the fifth player in program history to reach the century mark in goals, joining former Cavaliers Scott Reimer (233; 2006-09), Casey Grugan (206; 2007-10), Mike Pape (132; 2000-03) and Tom Lemieux (102; 1999-02).

Skulski was complemented on the offensive end by freshman attackman Matt Biegel's (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East HS) four-point effort on four goals. Junior attackman Brian Hill (Folsom, Pa./Ridley HS) and sophomore attackman Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) each recorded three points with two scores and one helper.

Junior defenseman John McSorley (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley HS) played an integral role on both sides of the midfield line, contributing three assists, while scooping a team-high six groundballs and causing a club-best seven turnovers.

Sophomore midfielder Joe Hughes (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS) collected five groundballs and Hill gathered four. The Cavaliers owned a 43-32 advantage in groundballs.

The Blue & White won 13 of 25 face-off attempts. Senior Mike Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco HS) led the draw charge, converting 7 of 12 tries. Gurenlian's 315 career face-off victories are just 16 shy of matching the program record owned by current assistant coach Mike Dolente.

Freshman goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) made his 29th consecutive start and turned away 10 shots for his 22nd career victory.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 6-0 advantage after one quarter behind six different goal scorers. Hill and Skulski each scored one goal and assisted on a second in the opening period.

Gwynedd-Mercy (4-6, 2-1 CSAC) responded with four goals in the second quarter, cutting its deficit to four goals, 8-4, at the intermission. GMC closed the first half on a 4-0 spurt.

However, Cabrini seized control of the game in the third stanza and grabbed a comfortable 12-5 lead heading into the final quarter. The Cavaliers led 15-5 following an unassisted goal from Biegel with 9:26 remaining in the game.

Sophomore midfielder Roy Bakeoven and freshman midfielder Liam Malley led the Griffins offense in the loss, each scoring two goals. Junior midfielder Nick Coan also notched two points with one goal and one assist.

Sophomore goalkeeper Rich Zagari played nearly 54 minutes and totaled 19 saves in the loss.

The win extends the nation's longest active regular season conference win streak to 80 games. Including the postseason, the Cavaliers have won 99 straight contests against CSAC opponents since the 2001 campaign.

The victory also improves the Blue & White's all-time mark to 5-0 against Gwynedd-Mercy, including a 20-3 win in the 2010 CSAC title tilt. The Griffins are in just their third full season of varsity competition.

Cabrini (7-3, 3-0 CSAC) resumes its non-conference regular season schedule at Edith Robb Dixon Field against No. 8 Roanoke College on Sunday, April 10. Game time against Roanoke is set for 2:00 p.m.

2011-04-06



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