Dominating its opponents in the first two games of the season, the Cabrini men’s lacrosse team is starting off strong with a 2-0 record.
On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the team had an 18-9 victory at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Cavaliers’ offense was powered by junior attackman Casey Grugan, who had a game-high nine points on four goals and five assists.
Cabrini gained a five-goal advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game, with junior attackman Rich Romanelli scoring the first goal.
“On Wednesday’s game, we just wanted to come out strong and get ahead early,” Grugan, junior business administration major, said. “We did this but kind of let them hang around with us. We knew going into the game that we were the better team and just had to keep pressure on them. Once we got up we could play our fast pace game.”
Seven Cavaliers scored, with six of them scoring at least two goals. Junior attackman Scott Reimer had five points on three markers and two assists. Sophomore attackman Paul Skulski had a hat trick and added one assist, totaling four points.
Grugan, senior defenseman Joe Monroe and senior defenseman Jeff Moore each collected a team-high three groundballs.
With 10 minutes of the game remaining, the score was 15-8, and Cabrini ended the game with two scores in the final minutes. The 18 goals scored on Wednesday is a Cavalier record in a season-opening game.
“We were all really excited to get that first win under our belt,” Bryan Churchey, sophomore history and political science major, said. “It was a great feeling knowing that the regular season had finally come and that our march to the NCAA National Championship had finally begun.”
On Saturday, Feb. 28, in the first home game of the season, Cabrini beat out Haverford College with a convincing 15-3 win. Grugan again had a game-high with five points, scoring two goals and adding three assists in the win.
Reimer, Romanelli and Skulski each had three points, and senior midfielders Dan Terenick and Matt Conaway each had two points. Senior face-off man Mike Dolente won a game-high 8-of-11 draws.
Before the end of the first half, freshman defenseman John McSorley scored his first career goal after getting a groundball and sprinting down three-quarters of the field.
Senior Kevin Chenoweth was goalie for the entire game, making eight saves and not allowing Haverford to score until the 9:06 mark of the third period.
“We came out firing and never looked back,” Mike Dolente, senior business administration major, said. “It was their first game and we got all our jitters out on Wednesday, which helped us come out victorious.”
Going into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers had a 13-1 lead. After Haverford scored twice, senior midfielder B.J. Kletcheck made his first goal of the season. Romanelli scored the last goal of the game, his fifth goal of the season.
“Overall we played great coming out for that game versus Haverford, we were all pumped up and ready,” Churchey said. “We wanted to make a statement with them and that’s what we did.”
“Everyone was extremely happy with the way we played [Saturday],” Jeff Moore, senior business administration major, said. “There was a lot of people who stepped up and made a name for themselves against a high quality team like Haverford. I feel that if we can keep playing at a high level like we did on Saturday, then it is going to lead to a lot of wins this year.”