The # 9-ranked Cabrini men’s lacrosse team outscored their opponents 47-10 last week with wins over the Shenandoah University hornets on Tuesday, April 1 and the Alvernia College crusaders on Saturday April 5. These two wins bring the cavalier’s conference record to 4-0 and an overall record of 8-2.
Cabrini defeated Alvernia away at their home field last Saturday 24-2. The crusader’s Tom Novak had the only two goals for his team while fourteen different players scored for the cavaliers in their victory. Junior Scott Reimer led all scorers with seven goals, all in the first three quarters, and one assist. Sophomore Casey Grugan registered two goals along with senior Matt McKinney, junior Kevin Fahey and junior Chris Cavaliere. Grugan and freshman Scott Cloud had two assists while junior Matt Conaway, sophomore Steve Kapp and sophomore Rich Romanelli all recorded one assist.
Cabrini outscored Alvernia 13-2 in the first half and then went on to shut them out in the second half by outscoring them 11-0. Freshman Mike Gurenlian led the team in ground balls with six and junior goalkeeper Bobby Chambers earned the win in the net.
Cabrini handed Shenandoah their first loss of the season when they defeated them last Tuesday with a score of 23-8. This dropped the hornets to an overall record of 5-1.
The cavaliers earned the win in a balanced attack with thirteen players getting on the scoreboard.
McKinney, Reimer and Kapp all had three goals while Conaway, Grugan, junior Terence Jones and senior Pat Jenkins all had two. Romanelli, junior B.J. Kletcheck, junior Mike Dolenti, junior Guy Columbro, freshman Paul Skulski and freshman Dan Terenick all tallied one goal.
Conaway and Grugan both led the team in assists with two, while Dolente, Kletcheck, Romanelli, Terenick, senior Dan Leigh and sophomore Kace Krebeck all earned one.
Even though Cabrini clearly was the more dominant team in both games, they still prepare the same way for every team they are going to play; reguardless of the other team’s strength.
“Coach always says our biggest game is our next game,” B.J. Kletcheck, junior criminal justice and sociology major, said. “He doesn’t want us to take things lightly. We can never underestimate a team because that’s when we could lose.”
The Cavaliers are looking to capture their eighth straight Pennsylvania athletic conference title along with being main contenders in the national tournament. With close non-league games with Roanoke and Gettysburg, they know they can compete with anyone in the nation.
“If we play to our potential and we are all on top of our game,” Kletcheck said. “We can win the national championship.”