The women’s lacrosse team scored a 21-18 win over the Gwynedd-Mercy College Griffins at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Saturday, April 21.
The win concluded the team’s CSAC schedule for the regular season. The Lady Cavs finish the season with a 7-1 conference record. The win also improved the Lady Cavs to 7-8 overall on the season.
Cabrini fell behind in the early stages of the game, allowing five of the first seven goals. Three straight goals for the Lady Cavs in three minutes tied the score at five just over 10 minutes into the game.
The Griffins would net three of the next four goals to retake a two goal lead. A pair of goals by sophomore defenseman/midfielder Suzanne Gennaro and senior attack Jacky McDermott tied the score in the last 90 seconds of the half to bring the score even at eight.
Those two late first-half goals were clearly a turning point for the Lady Cavs, who emerged from halftime to score the next six goals.
Freshman attack/midfielder Lacie Doubet posted a career game. With the Griffins fighting to rally, Doubet scored three goals in 44 seconds to extend Cabrini’s lead to 19-11, a lead they would not relinquish. Her seven goals on the game were a new career high.
Doubet also reached the 40-goal plateau in the game. She has a team-leading 43 goals. It is the first time she has ever reached the milestone.
“No, not 40,” Doubet said of her season total. “This is my best season so far.”
“She’s ridiculous,” McDermott said. “I played with her in high school and she was awesome but she’s really picked it up in college. I think she’s definitely going to be a huge player for the rest of her four years here.”
Both Doubet and McDermott are graduates of Ridley High School. Even though this is their first season playing on the field together, the freshman and senior have chemistry that is often hard to find.
“She hits me all the time with great passes and I do the same,” Doubet said.
“We don’t even have to talk,” McDermott said. “We just know where each other is going to be on the field.”
Doubet wasn’t the Lady Cavs only contributor. Freshman attack/midfielder Melissa Scanzano also posted a hat trick and added an assist. McDermott finished with three goals and two assists. Sophomore attack Sarah Means also added a hat trick.
“They are a delight to have on the team this year,” 16th-year head coach Jackie Neary said. “We want to take care of this year but they give me high hopes for the future.”
The Griffins did mount a comeback late in the second half, scoring five unanswered goals in the last 8:14 of the half to cut the lead to three. But Cabrini managed to hold on for the win, which sealed the second seed in the upcoming CSAC tournament. Cabrini will open the tournament in the semifinals on Tuesday, May 1, after a first-round bye.
“I think it was key holding onto second place,” Neary said. “Ultimately, our goal last year when we lost was to get back to the playoffs this year so we’ve gotten to goal number one.”
The Lady Cavs real goals lie in the CSAC tournament. In order to reach them, there is still work to be done.
“Even though we won today, we also had a serious talk afterwards about things that need to be cleaned up,” Neary said. “I wouldn’t be doing my job as a coach if I wasn’t looking ahead, and that’s what I’m doing right now is looking ahead to prepare.”
“We’re looking forward to getting revenge on the teams that whooped us,” McDermott said. “We’re a completely different team from the beginning of the season to now.”