Men’s lacrosse defeats Wesley

By Leanne Pantone
April 11, 2002

With a tie going into the fourth quarter, fans were on the edge of their seats to see which team would score the victory. When the game was over, the Cabrini men’s lacrosse team walked off the field with the win.

The Cavaliers defeated Wesley, one of their biggest rivals, on Saturday, April 6, by a score of 9-5. Wesley, however, did not just hand over the game, the Cavs had to work for the win, which they knew from prior experience. Wesley is the team that Cabrini defeated last year for the PAC championships.

The team knew going into the game that it was not going to be easy. “Wesley is a team that is always very tough,” Steve Colfer, men’s lacrosse head coach, said. “They are very well-coached.”

Up until the fourth quarter the game was tied. “We started off slow,” Tom Lemieux, senior captain of the team, said. “We were confused with some of the things Wesley threw at us.”

The Cavs held possession of the ball for most of the game. However, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the team dominated the field. Four of Cabrini’s nine goals were scored during the final quarter of the game.

Although the score does not represent the tough battle the Cavs fought, it does accurately signify the effort put forth by the team. “A lot of guys stepped up that needed to. The defense has played well all year and especially during this game,” Lemieux said.

The defense of the Cavaliers was an essential aspect of the game, particularly during the fourth quarter. According to coach Colfer, the goalie, Antonio Masone, played an outstanding game. He had many “big saves,” 14 for the day, which can definitely be attributed to the win.

Just as the team scored a shared victory, Saturday was also a day of individual achievement. Lemieux scored three goals accompanied with two assists. He raised his number of career points to 200, which is both a personal record and a record now set at Cabrini.

Lemieux stated that his triumph is “credited to the players. It is an individual award, but without the other players, it couldn’t have happened.”

As for the rest of the season, “the goal is to obviously win every remaining game and to do well in the playoffs,” Colfer said.

The Cavaliers face Villa Julie on Thursday, which is “the most important game of the season,” Colfer said. Villa Julie is the last team that the Cavs will play in their conference. “We are both 5-0 in the conference and it comes down to this game to see who will be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.”

If the Cavaliers do end up defeating Villa Julie they will have the advantage of home field throughout the tournament.

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