Men’s lacrosse wraps up fall ball season with a win

By Jennifer Davis
October 20, 2006

Cabrini men’s lacrosse has wrapped up the end of their 2006 fall ball season with satisfaction. The men’s team defeated both York and Haverford in the tournament and came up short to Centenary. Later on that evening the team challenged the alumni captivating the win, 9-8.

According to head coach, Steve Colfer, “The objective of the fall ball season is to incorporate a lot of teaching without the pressure of the game itself.”

Freshmen are given the opportunity to weave into the team concept. Indeed the main focus is to test the skills of the players.

Cabrini lacrosse alumni, Dave Barba graduated this past spring from Cabrini with a degree in marketing. He too played in the alumni game this past Saturday. “Being involved in this game was an experience, it was fun being on the other side, and definitely a lot less stressful,” Barba said.

Roughly 25-30 alumni ranging from the graduating year of 1993 to this past spring returned for the annual alumni game.

Colfer served as a referee, doing his best to “slant” the calls as much as possible. The real success was achieved through interaction with the alumni and the present players.

With 45 men in uniform, this is the largest the men’s lacrosse team has ever been at Cabrini.

“Aside from football, lacrosse is a very physical support,” Colfer said.

It is inevitable that injury will eventually prevail; the purpose for having a large team is to overcome that technicality.

A very strong and successful program incorporates players of strong competitive motivation and devotion to the team.

“This is a great program on our hands, probably one of the best so far,” junior, political science major, and midfielder, Beau Nickerson said.

The new turf field is an unavoidable link to the team’s growth over the past years. After capturing six straight Pennsylvania Athletic Conference titles, the Cavaliers have earned five straight NCAA tournament bids and won 46 consecutive league games, the second-longest streak in the nation.

Participating as an NCAA Division 3 team, requires that during season as well as the off season the players mandate their studies and continue to stay in shape for the spring.

After a quick debriefing period, Colfer will hold the players responsible to complete an eight week strength and conditioning program between now and the spring.

The first home game of the spring season will be held at the Dixon Center turf field, Wednesday, Mar. 7 against Widener. Pay close attention for time announcements as the Cabrini men’s lacrosse team and coaching staff will continue to work hard, play hard and strive for victory.

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