Lady Cavs season ends with Finals loss to Griffins

By Georgette Breen-Naylor
November 3, 2012

The senior members of the women’s field hockey team hold their runner-up plaque after losing in the CSAC Final to Gwynedd-Mercy College, 5-1, on Saturday, Nov. 3. (Submitted Photo / Cabrini Athletics)

All good things have to come to an end. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Lady Cavs field hockey team ended their season with a 5-1 loss to Gwynedd-Mercy College in the CSAC Final.

The Lady Cavs were just coming off an impressive semifinal win against Keystone College on Thursday, Nov. 1. Leading up to this game the Lady Cav players knew they had a lot to prepare for.

“I think we worked really hard but today didn’t play out how we wanted it to,” Colleen Anastasi said.

Unfortunately, the Lady Cavs were not able to end their season how they would have liked. The Lady Cavs fought hard the whole game but were not able to gain an advantage against a well-deserving champion in the Lady Griffins.

“We just tried to treat it as it was any other game and not to psych ourselves out,” Lexy Setley said.

The Lady Cavs took the loss hard as expected but after the game still seemed to be coping together.

“I wish we could’ve come out on top at the end but the whole season was awesome and memorable,” Lindsey Atzert said.

A leader of the team and a senior, Atzert along with other teammates went into halftime down 3-0 trying to make a comeback in the CSAC final.

“We came out strong and got a goal in the first minute,” Tori Canelli said.

Kate Solewin was the player who provided that goal in the opening seconds of the second half. But that would end up being the only goal the Lady Cavs would score for the rest of the game.

Although they suffered defeat in the CSAC championship, the whole season was overall a success. With a final CSAC record of 6-2 the Lady Cavs were an impressive group of athletes to watch all season.

“We played very well, it’s our only CSAC loss, both times,” Canelli said. “We hope to come out on top next year.”

Last year in the 2011 CSAC final, Cabrini lost to Gwynedd-Mercy College, 3-0. The Lady Cavs have had a tough time in the past years getting past the Lady Griffins. But even the seniors leaving the team are still hopeful the winning tradition will continue.

After the game, the Lady Cavs were met with open arms from parents and their coaching staff. The tough loss was only a minor blemish in a more-than-successful season. The Lady Cavs field hockey program has been to the CSAC Final every year since 2009 and has won twice. The winning tradition for the Lady Cavs will be sure to continue because they were built around the concept of family.

“We’re definitely a family and we would do anything for each other and our season really proved that,” Setley said.

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