The men’s soccer team may have fallen short in the CSAC tournament this season but the performance by senior Eric Collins was impressive. Collins tied for a team-leading six goals while adding assists in 20 games this season. In his four-year career at Cabrini, Collins scored 25 goals and added seven assists for a total of 57 points in 82 career games and was part of two CSAC championship teams in 2008 and 2009.
The accounting major was named to the All-CSAC Second Team this season after making the All-CSAC First Team in 2010. Collins also scored both Cavalier goals in the 2011 Battle of Eagle Road against Eastern University. Collins’ career year came in 2010, when he netted 12 goals and added an assist for 25 points, including seven game-winning goals.
For the women’s soccer team, defense starts with junior goalkeeper Maddy Edwards. Edwards posted 12 wins this season, nine of them being shutouts. Edwards allowed under a goal per game (0.90 GAA) and stopped 84 percent of shots fired her way, leading the Lady Cavs to a CSAC title. Her career numbers are just as impressive. The junior has posted a 0.84 goals against average in her career, allowing just 30 goals in 39 games played. She has 18 shutouts and 25 wins in her three seasons tending goal for the Lady Cavs.
The educational studies major actually started her career as a midfielder. Before taking over in goal full time this season, she scored five goals and added one assist for 11 points in her first two seasons with Cabrini.
When you think Cabrini basketball, you think of Cory Lemons. The senior guard led Cabrini to their first National Championship Game in school history all while posting 17.2 points per game and averaging 6.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. In three seasons at Cabrini, he scored 1,479 points, averaging 16.6 per game, which ranks him third all-time in Cabrini history behind only Billy Carr (1,604 career points from 1992-96) and John McQueen (1,524 career points from 1980-84). The trip to the Final Four and National Championship game engraved Lemons’ place in Cabrini history books as one of the most legendary athletes in the school’s history.
As a result of Cabrini’s historical run, Lemons was named a first-team All-American and won CSAC Player of the Year for the second straight season. The business administration major from Wilmington, De., finishes his career with numerous honors, including ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
The men’s basketball team wasn’t the only team working on a CSAC three-peat. The women’s volleyball team completed their own three-peat with another CSAC title led by junior opposite-side hitter Meg Ryan. Ryan ranked third on the team with 204 kills and fifth with a .235 hitting percentage. She led the team in sets played, appearing in 112 of the team’s 114 sets played this season. In her three seasons with Cabrini volleyball, Ryan has compiled 575 kills and 98 assists in her 319 sets played.
The exercise science and health promotion major has been part of the Lady Cavs greatest run in school history, being a member of all three CSAC championship teams. As a senior next season, she’ll be one of the Lady Cavs’ leaders in bidding for a fourth.
With 11 straight CSAC titles and 86 straight wins against CSAC opponents, it’s hard to pick just one shining star on the Cavalier men’s lacrosse team. But there is nobody making more noise this season than junior attack Bobby Thorp. Thorp has 30 goals and 21 assists in just 11 games this season for a total of 51 points. The player, who inherited Cabrini legend Casey Grugan’s signature No. 8, is on his way to becoming a Cabrini legend himself. With already 80 goals and 124 points in his career, Thorp still has his senior year left to add to an already established career.
The marketing major wore No. 3 in his first season and made the All-CSAC Second Team for the second straight season. He was recently named ECAC Player of the Week for the week of March 28 to April 3. Thorp has already set new career highs in all three of the major scoring categories: goals, assists and points, all with four games remaining in the Cavaliers’ season.