No. 5 Cabrini Routs Centenary in CSAC Championship

RADNOR, Pa. (May 4, 2013) Centenary College's memorable season came to a close this afternoon, as they fell to the No. 1 seeded Cabrini Cavaliers by the final score of 24-3.

The Cavaliers, the No.5 ranked team in the country, won the opening faceoff and controlled the opening two minutes but after they hit the post and two huge saves Cyclones starting goalie Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J., Pascack Valley), the immediate threat was calmed by the Cyclones.

CSAC Rookie of the Year Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) echoed the Cavaliers offensive fire for the Cyclones when he rang a shot off the post. However Cabrini was able to pick up the loose ball and only moments later JoJo Cooper ripped a shot to the back of the cage to put them up 1-0.

The Cavaliers tacked on another goal shortly after when Anthony DiSanzo scored to make it 2-0. After a Cyclones turnover the Cavaliers made it 3-0 with a goal from Bobby Thorp at 6:12 and quickly followed that up with a goal at 5:23 to make it 4-0.

Following a Centenary timeout, Cabrini kept the pressure on and made it 5-0 at the 4:33 mark with another goal from Cooper.

However, that would be the last goal either team would score and the score remained that way through the remainder of the quarter.

Come the second quarter Cabrini kept the pressure on with Bobby Thorp's second goal of the game just a minute and five seconds in. Though the Cyclones would answer less than a minute later though when Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) connected with Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) to make the score 6-1, that goal would be quickly erased. The Cavaliers would add goals from Thorp, Corey Elmer and Evan Allvord to make it 9-1 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half.

Trailing 9-1 Centenary was able to add another goal when Patrick Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge) scooped up a groundball, raced down field and found Nuzzolese for his second of the game to make the score 9-2 at the 6:57 mark. Any momentum they built was quickly erased by the Cavaliers when Corey Elmer scored his 2nd and third goals of the game on consecutive shots to put them up 11-2.

Those goals seemed to open the flood gates as the Cavaliers tacked on goals from Sobieski and a pair from Ben Laffoon before the end of the half. Despite 11 first half saves by Switzer the Cyclones trailed 14-2 at the break.

The third quarter saw much of the same action as the first half, with Sobieski finding the back of the cage at 12:32, Elmer at 10:39, Andrew Kevech at 10:26 and Thorp following suite to make it 18-2 with just under 10 minutes to play.

After a rare scoreless drought of about four minutes, the Cavaliers would continue to score goals when Cooper found the back of the cage for the third time to put Cabrini up 19-2 and Elmer scored his fifth to make it 20-2 with five minutes remaining.

The Cyclones scored their third goal of the game when DeBiasse connected with Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) to make it 20-3 with 19.4 seconds left in the quarter. However, Cabrini would get the laugh of the quarter when Laffoon beat the goalkeeper to make it 21-3 in the closing seconds.

The final stanza was scoreless for the first half of the quarter, but Cabrini changed that and added an exclamation point to their victory when they scored three goals in three minutes to make the final score 24-3.

Despite the loss the Cyclones conclude their season with a 13-3 record, making this easily the winningest season in program history.


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