No. 6 Cabrini Stills the Cyclones in CSAC Semifinals

With their captain out, the Cyclones turned to freshman Grant Nice (Harleysville, PA, Souderton Area) who filled in and made some tremendous saves against the #6 team in the nation before allowing the Cavaliers to answer with back-to-back goals late in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead.

The Cavaliers wasted no time in the second quarter as they posted up two goals in less than eight seconds to jump ahead 4-0 before another quick one to take a 5-0 lead.

With the Cavaliers attacking, Nice made a huge save off a shot right outside the crease, but Cabrini was able to pick up the loose ball rebound and send it home to go ahead 6-0.

After a 3-0 run by the Cavaliers, Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) picked up a blown pass by the Cavaliers at midfield and found Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) in front of the Cabrini crease who faked twice before launching it past the first-team CSAC goalie Erick Zarzecki to put the Cyclones on the board 9-1.

After the Cyclones goal, the Cavaliers posted four more goals to take a 13-1 lead entering the half, outshooting the Cyclones 36-8 at halftime.

After a quick Cavalier goal to open the half, Steve Orsini (Sewell, NJ, Washington Township) drove through the right side of the attack zone and found the top left corner of the Cabrini net to put the Cyclones back on the board to bring the Cavalier lead down to 14-2.

Gunn threatened again for the Cyclones with a ripped shot on net, but the Cavaliers transitioned right back with a quick goal to take a 15-2 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

With 5:59 left in the game, Gunn took a crossing pass from Nolan at the top of the zone and ripped a shot off a Cavalier defender's helmet to find the top right corner of the net for the Cyclones third goal of the game.

From that point on, the Cavalier offense continued to attack the Cyclones as they went on to take an eventual 18-3 victory to advance to the CSAC Finals and defend their 12 consecutive championship titles.

With the loss, the Cyclones end their 2012 season with a 6-9 record including a 4-4 conference mark, making their first appearance at the tournament since the 2009 season.

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2012-05-01



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