Winning 10-9 and 14-5 over No. 4 ranked Roanoke College and Greensboro College respectively is a great way to start any season, as well as adding in some warm weather. This year’s version of the men’s lacrosse team had quite an opening week to their season.
The 2008 Cabrini men’s lacrosse team looks much like the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship teams of the past seven years. Ranked 19th in the national pre-season poll and a unanimous pick to win the PAC for 2008, the team was more than ready to start their campaign.
“Our defense played very well. Jeff Moore, Dan DeRosa and Kevin Chenoweth led them. On offense Matt McKinney and Rich Romanelli played well in the Roanoke game and Scott Reimer played well in the Greensboro game,” coach Steve Colfer said.
Goalie Kevin Chenoweth recorded 12 big saves, including four in the closing minutes against Roanoke to seal the win, while on offense Matt McKinney provided two goals and an assist.
“We know we have expectations to meet every year and this year we had the chance to get off to a great start by facing the No. 4 ranked team in the country so we just took advantage,” McKinney said.
Despite a 3-0 deficit early in the Greensboro game, the Cavaliers battled back and dominated the rest of the game, out-shooting Greensboro 48-18. Junior Scott Reimer led the comeback with a game high five goals, while senior Matt Conaway added three tallies.
“We had a few man-down situations that we had to fight back from but our defense proved its strength in both games,” senior captain Dan DeRosa said.
The Cavaliers jumped from No. 19 up to No. 10 in the rankings following the win at Roanoke.
“Everyone played well and contributed. It was a complete team effort,” McKinney said.
While many college students were enjoying a week on the beach, this was anything but that.
“After the first win we just went back to basics and continued to work hard in practice everyday. We are just trying to focus on the next game. If we keep that mentality, I think things will turn out OK,” Colfer said.
“We look forward to some great games this season and we would love for the campus to come out as they always do and support us in our upcoming games,” Colfer said.