Cabrini Storms by Immaculata to CSAC Final

RADNOR, Pa. Cabrini will play in the championship of the CSAC tournament for the 11th straight season following a convincing 23-3 victory versus Immaculata on Tuesday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Cavaliers outscored the Mighty Macs in the second half, 15-0, en route to the win.

Senior midfielder Paul Skulski (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley HS) led the Cabrini attack with five points, pairing two goals with three assists. Junior midfielder Joe Arrell (Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco HS) notched four points with three scores and one helper.

Senior attackman Jordan Coeyman (New Hope, Pa./New Hope - Solebury HS), junior attackman Brian Hill (Folsom, Pa./Ridley HS), sophomore attackman Jeff Crosby (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS) and sophomore midfielder Bobby Thorp (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS) each contributed three points, netting two goals and adding one assist.

Sophomore midfielder Andrew Layne (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep) and freshman attackman Louis LaCour (New Orleans, La./Jesuit HS) both totaled two points with one goal and one assist. The Cavaliers' offense out-shot Immaculata, 64-26, and boasted 21 players with at least one point in the win.

Cabrini also won the groundball battle by a convincing margin, 56-28. Senior defenseman Steve Heaps and senior midfielder Joe Strain (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) led the charge, each scooping a team-high five groundballs.

Strain led the Blue & White in face-off circle, winning 4 of 7 draw attempts. Senior Mark Hamilton (Brighton, Mich./Brother Rice HS) went 2 for 3 at the X.

Freshman goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville HS) started his 34th straight game in the cage for the Cavaliers and recorded five saves for his 26th career win. Freshman Steve Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) came on in relief, playing nearly 12 minutes and posted two saves.

Cabrini out-shot IU in the first quarter, 14-4, and led 4-0 following 15 minutes of play. Arrell's first goal of the game at the 11:20 mark of the second quarter pushed the Blue & White's lead to 6-0.

Yet, the Mighty Macs closed the first half on a 3-2 run and trailed by just five goals at the intermission, 8-3. Thorp led the Cavaliers' attack at the intermission with two points on two goals.

Cabrini opened the second half with a man-down goal from Hill and never looked back. Crosby netted two goals in the third period and the Cavaliers owned a comfortable 14-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Arrell pushed the Blue & White lead to 16-3 with 12:37 remaining. Several reserves saw action late in the game, including LaCour, freshman midfielder Pat Nolan (Conshohocken, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS) and freshman midfielder Charles Stephens (San Francisco, Calif./Kents Hill School), who each scored their first career goal in the final stanza.

Mike Boyd, Chaz Gorman and Joey Shallow each scored one goal for Immaculata (6-9) in the season-ending loss. Mike Nesci added one assist.

Jon Diodati tallied 15 saves for IU.

The victory extends the Cavaliers' win streak against CSAC opponents to 103, including the postseason, since the 2001 campaign. Also, the victory stands as the 149th in the career of 11th-year head coach Steve Colfer.

In a series that dates back to 2007, the Blue & White is now 7-0 all-time against the Mighty Macs, including a 26-3 win in the CSAC Semifinal last season.

Cabrini (11-5) will host the winner of tonight's second CSAC semifinal match-up featuring Marywood University and Gwynedd-Mercy College (7:00 p.m.) on Saturday, May 7 at Edith Robb Dixon Field. Game time is to be determined.


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