The Cavaliers men’s lacrosse team defeated the Swarthmore College Garnet by a score of 7-3 to net their first home victory of the season at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Saturday, March 10. The win was Cabrini’s second straight and brought their record to 3-2 on the young season.
Swarthmore scored on their first possession, just 42 seconds into the game, on a goal by senior midfielder John Bukawyn. The Garnet would increase that lead just past the midpoint of the first quarter on a goal by junior midfielder Steve Selverian.
Cabrini would rally from there, scoring two goals in the final three minutes of the first. Junior attack Bobby Thorp got Cabrini on the board and freshman attack Damian Sobieski tied the score. For Thorp, it was his 10th goal of the season.
“I think our whole team puts us in pretty good situations to score,” Thorp said. “I’m just putting the touch on it when someone tries to get me the ball.”
The two teams would trade goals in the closing stages of the second quarter. The Cavaliers briefly led off another goal by Thorp but Swarthmore’s senior midfielder Max Hubbard tied the score with just under a minute to play to knot the score at halftime.
“Swarthmore traditionally plays a really tight zone,” 11th-year head coach Steve Colfer said. “They really have a good goalie and today he was outstanding.”
The offensive struggle would continue into the third quarter, as the two teams remained scoreless for the next fifteen minutes. Cabrini would finally find a way to break through in the fourth but not without keeping defense in mind.
“[The defense] played unbelievable today,” senior attack Brian Hill said. “Our defense every day in practice pushes our offense. That’s why we play well.”
The Cavs broke the stalemate with just under 10 minutes to play on a pair of goals in short order from freshman midfielder Anthony DiSanzo. The two goals were separated by 57 seconds.
Hill already had two assists on the day but had been stopped eight times by Garnet senior goalkeeper Michael Brockway. His ninth shot finally found the twine to extend Cabrini’s lead to three.
“They were running a zone which sometimes opens you up to a lot of shots,” Hill said. “Towards the end of the game, we finally broke through and were able to put some in the back of the net.”
In the final minute, Thorp would finish off the hat trick with an empty-net goal. In the five games the Cavaliers have played this season, Thorp has a team-high 12 goals and 17 points. Hill is a close second in both categories with 11 goals and 4 assists. Both had three points in Cabrini’s third win of the season and first on their home field.
Junior goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki made seven saves in the match on 10 shots, perhaps none bigger than his only second half stop with four minutes remaining in the fourth. Cabrini shut out the Garnet in the final 30 minutes of the contest.
The Cavaliers still have two non-conference games before they open conference play. Their next game is against Gettysburg College at home on Wednesday, March 14.
“Those one-goal games teach you to play 60 minutes,” Hill said. “We stress in practice that you’ve got to go hard for all 60 minutes and hopefully end up on the winning end.”
“We want to be playing at the highest possible level,” Colfer said. “In situations where we lost to Dickinson and Lynchburg both by a goal, most of those games we played well. We learn from it, we’re a young team and we’re moving forward.”