Men’s lacrosse defeats Hampden-Sydney in overtime

By Kasey Minnick
March 22, 2007

Meghan Hurley

The cold weather brought out fans in their green and white, but they were cheering for the lacrosse men in blue and white as they hosted Hampden-Sydney College at Dixon Field on Saturday, March 17.

The Division III No. 13 team in the country, Hampden-Sydney of Virginia, came out to play early as they lit-up the scoreboard with a 3-0 first period lead. Just as the time was winding down in the first, freshman business major Rich Romanelli scored off an assist from senior history major Bill Cordts.

Not only did Cabrini add one goal to the board, but freshman undecided major Casey Grugan added another with 1:17 left to come even closer to this nationally-ranked team.

With much momentum, the Cavaliers came out of their huddle wanting to prove more. At the 13:09 mark, Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Week Scott Reimer, a sophomore human resource management major, tied the game at three apiece. Reimer said, “I got this award a couple of times last year, but it felt good to get it after this huge game.”

With 21.4 seconds left, junior history major Pat Jenkins, as he fell to his knees, whipped the ball past Hampden-Sydney’s goalkeeper to put Cabrini on top 4-3.

As the third period began, the maroon and white of Hampden-Sydney quickly tied the game and even more, broke the 4-4 score minutes later.

When the Cavs saw their lead slip, they went on an offensive tear. With shots on goal by Reimer, junior business administration major Dan DeRosa and junior political science major Beau Nickerson and no success, the defense decided to take its turn on getting the ball back in their possession. Junior Matt Conaway came up with a steal and put on his “wheels” to run up-field to dish it off to Romanelli for his second goal of the game to tie it once again at the end of the third period.

When the whistles blew to start the final period, it was another swift goal by the Tigers off a Cavalier turnover to regain the lead. As Cabrini was in a 6-5 deficit, it only took them three minutes to tie the competition with a goal by sophomore criminal justice major BJ Kletcheck that was nearly called-off.

At the 3:22 mark, all of their hard work truly paid-off with the winning and third goal of the game by Romanelli to end it 7-6.

Captain Cordts said, “Hampden-Sydney is a high-ranked team and we aspired to beat their developed program and we did.”

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