Lady Cavs league-winning streak ended

By Kellie Manoppello
October 13, 2012

Karlie Gruccio (No. 13) scored the lone goal for the Lady Cavs in their 2-1 loss to Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, Oct. 13. (Paul Beckmann / Staff Photographer)

On a perfect sunny day, the Blue and White seemed to be anything but perfect falling in their first CSAC loss.

Cabrini and Gwynedd-Mercy both came into the game on Saturday, Oct. 13, wanting to remain unbeaten in the league but Cabrini couldn’t capitalize after falling back early.

“We’ve been on,” assistant coach Julie Smith said, “but we weren’t going to really know who came to play until the game started.”

At Edith Robb Dixon Field, Gwynedd-Mercy came out with a 2-1 win over the Cavaliers. This is the Cavaliers’ first league loss bringing them to 4-1 and 6-7 overall. Gwynedd still remaining unbeaten in the league.

From the start of the game, it seemed as though both teams had the drive to prove they were the best in the CSAC. Both teams put saves in the books and create lots of action on either end.

This even play was short lived. About 12 minutes in when the Griffins junior Sarah Jackson took a rebound by Cavs goalie Genevieve Paulin and put it in the net.

With the fouls adding up on Cabrini’s end, the Griffins took their second goal off a pass in the circle.

Extending Gwynedd’s lead at the 22nd minute mark was freshmen Katie O’Neill who converted a pass from senior Erin Gorenflo.

The Lady Cavs ended the first half with nine corners to the three of the Griffins.

“Gwynedd is tough. It’s a battle every single year,” said sophomore Rachel Antuzzi, “We were just hoping we could turn it around.”

Coming into the second half trailing by two, Cabrini came out with a fire, noting a handful of shots and corners. However, it wasn’t until the 54-minute mark when one of shots found its home in the net.

Bringing her goal count up to five this season, Karlie Gruccio brought the Cavaliers a step closer to catching the Griffins. With a tap of the ball in the circle Gruccio put it past goaltender Kelly Kruk.

With the score of 2-1 in the Griffins favor, Cabrini knew they had nothing to lose adding ten more penalty corners to their first half’s nine bringing them to a total of 19 for the game while Gwynedd Mercy could only capture a total of five.

Fighting for control in the last minutes both teams carried it back and forth between each end.

The Griffins nearly stole the show on a shot to the post but Cabrini wasn’t backing down grabbing two corners in the last two mintues, Taylor McGarvey’s shots halted by Kruk.

Coming out on top in the statistics Cabrini outshot their opponent 15-11.

Taking the leads in shots was the lone Cavalier goal scorer Karlie Gruccio with six shots and her teammates senior Lindsay Atzert and freshmen KerryAnne Farrell both added three.

Assistant coach Smith said she had no doubt they can do it next game. Its just a matter of the team showing up, which she didn’t believe the Lady Cavs did against Gwynedd.

Next up for the Cavaliers is a league game and their senior day. Cabrini will face Keystone College on Wednesday, Oct. 17, Edith Robb Dixon field at 4 p.m.

Kellie Manoppello

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