Men’s lacrosse has faced some tough opponents early on in the season.
With no CSAC opponents faced this season, the team looks good early against top-ranked teams.
Every game that has been played so far has been close. A 18-12 win against Haverford to kick off the year was good way for the Cavs to open the season.
It’s tough to have great chemistry early in the season. Transfer students, recruits, and seniors all have to find a niche with each other.
Facing ranked opponents early in the season is difficult. Junior Corey Elmer and Senior Bobby Thorp, are leading the team in goals, Thorp with 14 and Elmer with 13.
The Cavs have also been getting support from their sophomores. Anthony DiNenno has a solid face off percentage at 55 percent (78-142). Ethan Heisman and Anthony DiSanzo, are tied for third on the team in goals with nine each.
In addition, Cavaliers have been sucessful with the man-up opportunities this season, going 13-26 – 50 percent – in terms of goals per opportunity.
With only 27 of the 67 goals this season being unassisted, the Cavs are doing a good job of utilizing the “X” man behind the net. Using v-cuts to create space to get open opportunities to get close to make scoring chances easier helping the Cavs average 11.17 goals a game.
The Cavs, on average, are out-scoring their opponents. They are also doing a good job controlling the ball by causing turnovers and clearing the ball out of their zone 87 percent of the time successfully.
The Cavaliers are looking good early in the season because of the preparation they are getting against ranked opponents.
Contributions from the upperclassmen showing leadership and the underclassmen maturing into leadership roles, the Cavs look poised to earn their 13th straight CSAC championship.
Cabrini will open it’s CSAC schedule on April 3 and are predicted to go 7-0 by the coaches in the CSAC preseason coach’s poll.
The Cavs have most recently lost to the top-ranked team in all of Division III, SUNY-Cortland, 10-7. Only losing by three, the Cavs will be a contender even after getting though the CSAC tournement.
The Cavaliers will have eight days to practice and prepare for their next game. Their next game as they look to take down No. 18 Union College at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.