‘Better today than yesterday’

By Christine Blom
March 16, 2006

With two wins, one loss and one cancellation, the men’s lacrosse team is on the road to their sixth straight Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship.

The lacrosse team will be going up against opponents such as no. 8 ranked Lynchburg, no. 13 Widener University and non-ranked Guilford College.

Guided by head coach Steve Colfer, the team is satisfied with their success thus far but hopes for improvement along the way.

“We’re happy to be 2-1. We didn’t play so well in the second half of the Lynchburg game; we could have played better,” Colfer said. “We’re generally pleased so far, but we’ve still got work to do.”

Led by senior captains Matt Campbell, Nick Terlizzo and Kevin Rayer, Cabrini has made a name for themselves by being among the top ten in the NCAA Division III.

“The captains are really doing okay. Each of them has very different personalities, and I think that brings a certain quality to the team,” Colfer said. “They showed great leadership skills on the spring break trip, and I think they are doing a fine job.”

The Cavaliers battled at Lynchburg to keep their heads above the water, but they were defeated 10-7 in the last 2:55 of the game.

The match-up that took place in Virginia led to a heart-felt loss because Cabrini was leading 5-2 at the half, courtesy of Rayer and sophomores Patrick Jenkins and Beau Nickerson.

Continuing on their road trip, the men of Cabrini loaded up the bus and headed to Greensboro, N.C. to take on Guilford in a non-conference game on March 4.

The Cavs smoked the Quakers with a well-deserved 14-3 victory. Jenkins scored a career-high four goals. Rayer added another two notches and junior Paul Amentt scored two as well. Also popping in a few goals were freshmen Scott Reimer, Matt Conaway and Mike Brewer and sophomore Dan DeRosa.

With the great amount of drive, effort and dedication by this group of men, they routed Guilford in this spring break encounter and continued on their journey to tear apart PAC rival Widener University.

As the Cavs embarked on their battle in Exton, Pa., Cabrini was at a disadvantage throughout the entire match. The true hero was junior goalie Kevin Quinn, with 12 outstanding saves.

With a tie score of 10-10 going into the unexpected triple-overtime, the Cavaliers were feeling the big conference rivals breathing down their backs, but they prevailed, giving Widener a dose of their own medicine.

“In all of my life, as a player and a coach, I have never had to go into triple overtime. We were just running on adrenaline at that point,” Colfer said. “The only thing you’re thinking in that situation is that you hope your kid scores before anyone else has chance.”

On March 12, the Cavs were supposed to have their home opener against the College of Wooster, but due to “an early morning downpour,” it was canceled.

Up next for the Cabrini men is their home game March 19 against Haverford College at 1 p.m. Colfer, along with the rest of the team, encourage everyone to come out and support the team and show some school spirit since it will unofficially serve as the teams “home-opener.”

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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