Cabrini Tops Griffins, Advances to CSAC Final

RADNOR, Pa. - After a one year hiatus, Cabrini will return to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship game after defeating Gwynedd-Mercy, 16-13, tonight at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Saturday's game will mark Cabrini's 14th appearance in the conference title game.

The Cavaliers will travel to Scranton, Pa. on Saturday to face Marywood University in Saturday's league final. The top seeded Pacers advanced to Saturday's title game after topping Centenary College 24-14.

Sophomore Sarah Means led Cabrini with eight points, including six goals, both career highs. Fellow sophomore Janel Folkomer posted 15 saves on the night.

Though the Griffins opened the scoring 3:23 into the game, the Cavaliers immediately responded as senior Jacky McDermott evened the score with her first goal of the game.

Goals by Means and freshman Sara Carzo extended the Blue and White lead to 3-1 at the 21:24 mark.

Gwynedd-Mercy rallied, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. Means snapped the scoring run with her second goal with just north of 17 minutes to play before the half.

Sophomore Erin McLaughlin scored her second goal of the season, returning the lead back to the Cavaliers. Means' unassisted goal with 13:24 left in the first half pushed the lead back to two goals at 6-4.

Scores by sophomore Brianna Thompson and Means gave the Blue and White an 8-6 lead with 10:33 to play in the first half. Gwynedd-Mercy closed the half four consecutive goals to take a 10-8 lead into halftime.

The Griffins' run continued with an early second half score. Means' fifth goal of the evening stopped the run, sending the Cavaliers on a spurt of their own. Freshman Lacie Doubet found the net with just under 20 minutes left.

At the 15:57 mark, sophomore Kellie Manoppello posted her 20th goals of the season. McDermott's second of the night and an Ali May goal capped a four goal run, giving Cabrini a 13-11 lead with 11:25 on the clock.

Gwynedd-Mercy cut into the Cavaliers' lead, but Means' returned Cabrini's lead back to two with an unassisted tally.

Doubet's second score of the night gave the Blue and White its first three goal lead off the game with just 3:47 to play.

Thompson's second goal with 79 seconds on the clock iced the game for the Cavaliers.

Means and Carzo each added a pair of assists in Cabrini's winning effort. Doubet led the team with four draw controls, while Means and May added three each.

Carzo's four caused turnovers helped Cabrini's defensive effort. The group of McLaughlin, Thompson, May and Katie Slonaker also forced a pair of Griffins turnovers each.

Senior Brigid Dowling led Gwynedd-Mercy (8-10) with three goals and four points. Fellow senior Morgan Hosler added four points on a goal and three assists in the losing effort.


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