#20 Cabrini Holds on to Upset #11 Tigers Lacrosse 12-10

RADNOR, PA - The #20 ranked Cabrini lacrosse team upset the 11th ranked Hampden-Sydney Tigers 12-10 Wednesday afternoon, but was forced to hold off a furious Tiger rally after H-SC trailed 9-2 midway through the third quarter.

Cabrini put the first goal on board at 7:47 in the first quarter as Jeff Crosby converted on a Joe Arrell pass. Bobby Thorp put the Cavaliers up 2-0 just a minute later. Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) got H-SC on the score board on an unassisted tally with 1:58 left in the first quarter.

Cabrini pushed their advantage out to 3-1 off a Brian Hill goal with 10:03 left in the first half. Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) cut the lead to one goal as 8:34 as he found the back of the net off a Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) assist. Thorp answered back with another tally at 6:58 to make it a 4-2 game. The Cavaliers got the ball back with 1:43 to go in the half and ran out the clock for the last goal scoring opportunity. Matt Biegel sent a shot high at the eight second mark, but Hill scored a back breaking goal with only one tick remaining on the clock to make it a 5-2 game.

The end-of-half goal proved to make a huge di12fference, giving Cabrini all the momentum heading into the start of the third quarter. Cabrini rolled off the first four goals after the half to go out to a commanding 9-2 lead. Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan) ended the streak of six unaswered Cabrini goals as he scored at the seven minute mark. Mavromatis added on another goal from Hawthorne at 2:57 to make it a 9-4 contest. The Tiger run continued as Hawthorne scorched the net for a score with only four seconds left in third to make it a 9-5 game heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

The Tigers make it four unanswered goals as Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) posted a score at 12:36. However, Cabrini ended the run as Joe Strain won the ensuing faceoff and scored just seven seconds later to oush the lead out to 10-6. Clarke added his second tally of the game with 10:53 to go to continue the Tiger comeback and cut the lead to 10-7. At the 9:21 mark, a costly H-SC turnover lead to an immediate groundball pickup and goal for Hill.

The Tigers continued to mount their roaring comeback despite the previous Cabrini goal. A Cabrini 30-second penalty with 6:16 left in the game provided the Tigers a man-up opportunity, and H-SC wasted no time capitalizing as Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) scored 12 seconds later to cut the Cabrini lead to 11-8. Two minutes later, Hawthorne scored an unassisted goal then just 30 seconds laterRyan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) found the back of the net, courtesy of a Mavromatis pass, to make it just a one goal game, 11-10, with 3:31 left in the contest.

At 2:38, the potential equalizing shot was saved by Cabrini's Erick Zaraecki and the Cavaliers gained possesion of the ball and earned the successful clear at the 2:20 mark. The Cavaliers maintained possession of the ball, and with 33 seconds left, Paul Skulski ended the hopes of a spectacular comeback win with an unassisted score.

Mavromatis paced the Tiger offense with two goals, four assists, and five groundballs. Hawthorne notched two scores and two helpers to go with six groundballs. Clakre found the back of the net twice while adding an assist. Keller, Martin, Fulton, and Cundy finished with a goal apiece. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling, NY) went just 2-7 on faceoffs in the first half, but rebounded in the second half for a 9-15 performance after half-time to go 11-22 on the day while scooping five groundballs. Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) corralled a game-high seven groundballs whileCody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) tallied nine saves.

Hill led Cabrini with three goals while Crosby, Thorp, and Skulski each had two scores. Erick Zerzecki and and Steve Oppenheimer split time in the net. Zarzecki allowed five goals with seven saves and Oppenheimer gave up five goals while stopping six shots.

Hampden-Sydney held advantages in shots (35-30), groundballs (36-34), turnovers (14-18), and on extra man (3-9, 2-7). However, Cabrini made 12 saves compared to nine for the Tigers and won 13 of the games 24 faceoffs.

The Tigers continue their Pennsylvania trip with a bout at Elizabethtown College on Saturday at 1 p.m.