Men’s & Women’s basketball preview

By Eion ONeill
November 10, 2010

Only allowed to use one word to describe his team, senior exercise science major and basketball forward Dom Farrello said it best, “eager.”

Following an epic season in which the 21st-ranked Cavaliers defeated Neumann 97-73 to win their ninth Colonial States Athletic Conference title, Cabrini is eager to do it again.

The win last year was the first time the team picked up a CSAC championship since the 2001-2002 season. In addition, the team picked up an NCAA berth versus 18th-ranked Randolph-Macon College in which they lost.

As with all college-athletic seasons, it will be different. Ken Misevicius, a senior forward, and last years leading scorer, has graduated. Despite the changes in the roster, Farrello, the 6-foot-3-inch forward, isn’t worried.

“We’ve got some good guys who will make an impact and learn the system,” Farello said.

Asked about the outlook of the 2010-2011 Cavs as compared to the previous season, Farrello noted that the team looks the same if not stronger.

“We have a lot of experience returning,” Farrello said. “We lost our lead scorer but our returners should step in and fill the void.”

As a returner to the CSAC champion team, Farrello listed his own expectations for himself to improve his game and to help the younger players develop better.

As far as which teams he thinks will give the Cavs the toughest season this year, Farello called out both Keystone College and Gwynedd-Mercy College.

“Keystone always plays us tough and Gwynedd has been a big rival lately,” Farrello said.

The boys of winter are expected to play Gwynedd-Mercy on Thursday, Dec. 2 at home and face off against Keystone on Thursday, Jan. 27.

The Cavs will start their season on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Haverford College.

The women’s basketball team missed the opportunity last year to earn their third consecutive CSAC title but the Lady Cavs 2011 championship chase will begin on Monday, Nov. 15 versus Widener University at 7 p.m. in the Nerney Field House.

Some highlights of the season not only will be the usual CSAC rivalries but will also be some winter games played in Puerto Rico.

The Cavs will tip off against the University of Mary Washington on Dec. 18 and will play the University of Sacred Heart Puerto Rico on Dec. 19.

Cabrini will take on the 2010 CSAC champion Neumann University on Jan. 24, 2011 at the Nerney Field House and also on Feb. 17 in Aston, Pa.

The ladies lost to Neumann in their first matchup, 77-60 and defeated the Knights by a narrow five points, 73-68.

The team will take on CSAC runner-up, Gwynedd-Mercy, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2011. Gwynedd-Mercy defeated the Lady Cavs in close matchups last season, 70-65 and 85-80 respectfully.

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