Our teams, our pride

By Nick LaRosa
April 10, 2012

Do something extraordinary: a slogan that means as much to our student-athletes as it does to our campus community.

This academic year, Cabrini has had a number of successful teams that deserve recognition. Beginning with the fall season, the women’s tennis team started off the year with an 11-0 record. The Cavs fell short to the Gwynedd-Mercy Griffins in the first round of the playoffs but they still finished with 13 wins and an undefeated mark in home matches.

As the fall sports season progressed, the women’s soccer and volleyball teams began their march to the CSAC playoffs. Under the direction of head coach Ken Prothero, the women’s soccer team entered the playoffs with a 13-6-2 record and picked up the three wins needed to earn a CSAC title. The team clinched the title in a 1-0 game against Neumann University thanks to a goal by senior forward/midfielder Kara Hinkelmon. From there, the Lady Cavs advanced to the NCAA Tournament against Springfield College, a team that they lost to by a score of 2-0.

Similarly, the volleyball team also found success against Neumann University in the CSAC playoffs. The volleyball team finished the regular season with a perfect 11-0 home record and had home-court advantage in the playoffs. After a win against Baptist Bible College, the Cavs defeated Neumann 3-0 to win their third straight CSAC championship.

Fast forward to the basketball season. When the men’s team started the season off with a 77-65 victory over Haverford College, no one knew that this would be the team that would take Cabrini to new heights. After winning the CSAC championship for the third time in four years, Cabrini hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and came out victorious in their games against Castleton State College and Hobart College.

Before long, the Cavs were in the Elite 8 round for the first time in school history. When the team reached the Final Four in Salem, Va., the entire campus was behind the team. Cabrini went on to their first NCAA Tournament championship game after defeating Illinois Wesleyan thanks to a late three-pointer by junior guard Jeremy Knowles. However, their season came to an end the next night when they lost 63-60 to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

As the spring sports teams continue their schedules, one can only wonder if Cabrini’s athletic teams have the potential to add more CSAC championships  and even NCAA Tournament appearances to their already impressive 2011-2012 season.

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