No. 13 Cabrini Holds on to Knock off No. 10 Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg nearly rallied from three goals down in the fourth quarter, but 13th-ranked Cabrini held on to edge the 10th-ranked Bullets 12-11 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Sophomore Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) posted three goals and one assist for Gettysburg (3-2), which pulled to within one on three occasions in the final 6:24. Junior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) recorded one goal and four assists.

Seniors Bobby DeWees (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) and Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) scored two goals apiece. Senior J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made 15 saves, and classmate Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) finished 12 for 22 on face-offs to go with six ground balls.

Ethan Heisman scored five goals for Cabrini (3-2), which erased an early three-goal deficit with a 5-0 run spanning the second through the fourth quarters, while Bobby Thorp contributed four goals. Freshman goalie Chris Treat came off the bench 5:57 into the game and made 13 saves for the Cavaliers while yielding the final eight goals.

The game featured a combined 19 penalties totaling 17 minutes. Cabrini finished 4 for 5 in its extra-man opportunities and added a pair of man-down goals while the Bullets finished 3 for 7 on the power play.

Trailing 10-7 with 11:24 remaining, the Bullets ended the game on a 4-2 run. Maddux cashed in for a man-up goal with 9:31 left before DeWees followed up to make it 10-9 with 6:24 to go. However, Heisman scored his final goal of the game to restore Cabrini's two-goal lead with 5:51 remaining.

Thomas drew the Bullets to within one when he scored with 2:38 left, only to see Corey Elmer answer for the Cavaliers with 1:27 showing, making it 12-10.

DeWees struck again with 50 seconds remaining, but Cabrini won the ensuing face-off. However, the Cavaliers would turn it over with 17 seconds left, and the Bullets cleared it up the field for a final shot. However, defenseman Tim Greiner stripped a driving DeWees from behind in the closing seconds.

The Bullets started the game hot, scoring three times over the opening 5:47. Freshman Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) converted man-up before Manilla and freshman Paul Werner (Westfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) scored, with Werner notching his first collegiate goal.

Cabrini then called timeout and replaced All-American goalie Erick Zarzecki with Treat. The Cavaliers scored the next two goals before Thomas closed the period with another man-up goal for the Bullets with seven seconds left.

The Cavs outscored Gettysburg 3-2 in the second quarter to pull to within 6-5 at the half. The two sides traded goals twice, with Maddux scoring twice for the Bullets. Thorp scored the final goal of the half with one second on the clock.

Thorp's goal kicked off Cabrini's 5-0 run, and the visitors outscored the Bullets 3-0 in the third quarter on a pair of man-down goals and a man-up tally to lead 8-6 heading into the final stanza.

Cabrini sandwiched two more goals around sophomore Jack Harvazinki's (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) first tally of the season to assume its 10-7 advantage.

Gettysburg takes one day off before visiting Eastern University at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in another non-conference tilt.

2013-03-13



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