Men’s soccer rises in CSAC standings

By Jamie Santoro
October 29, 2009

Shannon Keough

The Cavs have continued their five game winning streak with a 2-0 win over Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, Oct. 24. The men snapped away Gwynedd’s four game streak. Brian Raffle and Evan Hanauer, both senior midfielders, scored both goals. Senior midfielder, Andrew Jacobs, had two assists on each of the goals. Bryan Johnson, senior goalkeeper, had his fifth shutout of the season and fourteenth of his career.

Hanauer scored the first goal 30 minutes into the game. It was his third goal of the season. Raffle continues to be the leader of the pack with his insurance goal toward the end of the game. Raffle leads the league in goals per game and is ranked in the top three in the league for shots and goals. He also leads the team with nine goals this season.

“It was a great feeling because it put us on the scoreboard first. As soon as we scored that goal it seemed that we never really looked back and we took it to them the rest of the game,” Hanauer said.

Andrew Jacobs also is making his mark on the league. He leads in assists with Troy Allen, junior defensive back, right on his tail.

Gwynedd-Mercy wasn’t making it easy for the Cavs. Mike Leonard, the Gwynedd goalkeeper, is the conference leader for saves and is also second in the league for shots.

In the first half, Griffins went shot-for-shot with Cabrini with four goals each. In the second half, the Cavaliers out- shot the Griffins 13 to 7. While Leonard did allow two goals, he saved seven compared to Cabrini’s Johnson with six.

This is the fourth straight win against the Griffins for Cabrini. They last lost to Gwynedd-Mercy in 2005.

Going into the game Cabrini and Gywnedd-Mercy were tied for third in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. This win led to Cabrini moving ahead. Along with the scores from other games on the same day, Cabrini is in second in the CSAC behind Neumann University, with a record of 5-1-1.

Their only loss of the season came from Immaculata at the beginning of October.

Hanauer sees this loss as a positive thing.

“I’m happy to be moving up in the conference because we know what our expectations are and the lapse against Immaculata is something that is going to be driving us all the way through playoffs,” Hanauer said.

In the next couple of weeks, the Cavaliers prepare for the CSAC tournament, which starts the first week of November.

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