After dropping two games to ranked opponents, the Cavaliers returned to the field against an unranked foe. Standing in their way was the Swarthmore College Garnet.
The Cavaliers fell into an early hole but recovered to net their second win of the season, a 15-7 victory on Saturday, March 9.
The Garnet led after the first quarter, 2-1, on goals by Wes Marcik and Jonathan Molloy. Anthony DiSanzo scored his seventh goal of the season to cut the lead to one with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter.
The Cavs turned things on in the second quarter and never looked back. DiSanzo scored his second goal of the game to knot the score at two just 54 seconds into the quarter.
But Marcik’s second goal of the day gave the Garnet the lead back less than a minute later.
But the Cavs would tie the game and take their first lead of the day with two goals by Bobby Thorp in less than a minute. The second goal, Thorp’s fifth of the season, came with 8:44 remaining in the half.
DiSanzo would complete the hat trick with Joey Shallow and Ethan Heisman scoring goals as well in a quarter where the Cavs outscored the Garnet, 6-2, taking a 7-4 advantage into the half.
The Garnet would cut the lead down to two at the beginning and end of the third quarter, both times on goals by Molloy, who had four in the game and three in the third quarter alone. Goals by Corey Elmer and Mike Leyden kept the Cavs in front by two heading into the final quarter, 9-7.
Thorp added three more goals to his total in the fourth, completing a five-goal game. His season total for goals is now up to eight.
Elmer added his second goal of the game and Damien Sobieski scored a pair of goals in the final quarter as well. Meanwhile, Erick Zarzecki made three saves in blanking the Garnet in the final quarter. He finished with 10 saves on the day in the Cavs’ win.
The win improved the Cavs to 2-2 on the season entering a difficult week of play.
The Cavs close out a four-game road trip on Wednesday, March 13, when they face No. 10 Gettysburg College at 3:30 p.m. before hosting the top-ranked SUNY Cortland at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m.