Poor second quarter dooms Cavaliers

By Gianna Shikitino
March 26, 2009

The outcome of the Cabrini men’s lacrosse game on Saturday, March 21, ended as a close attempt to victory. Within the last two Saturday games, this concluded the team’s third loss as Roanoke College defeated the Cavaliers 16-13.

Roanoke’s fast transition offense changed the game entirely. “They scored eight goals in the second quarter and we couldn’t recover after that,” Bobby Chambers, senior criminology major, said.

Winning four games and losing three so far this season, the team has high hopes for winning and plans on improving their record for the season.

“It’s our third loss of the year,” Kevin Fahey, senior business administration major, said. “Our expectations are still high and we’re excited for the CSAC games coming up,” Fahey said.

Casey Grugan, junior offense attackman, totaled four points on one goal and three assists during the game. With 177 points in just two seasons, Grugan is ranked fourth-place all-time on the Cavalier’s list.

Scott Reimer, senior offense attackman, scored three points on three goals adding to the tallied points throughout the game. Reimer accomplished to score 200 points throughout his career on the team and is listed as second-place all-time. Reimer and teammate Matt Conaway retrieved six ground balls.

Senior face-off specialist Mike Dolente won 14-of-30 draws and seven groundballs. Dolente was ranked 12th nationally in win percentage entering Saturday’s contest.

“Saturday was a tough game. The second quarter killed us. Roanoke scored eight goals to our one,” senior business administration major Mike Dolente said.

Dolente scored his second goal of the season against Roanoke. Other contributions were made by midfielders Rich Romanelli, Paul Skulski and Christian Burrows. Romanelli and Skulski each scored three points on two goals and one assist.

A captain on the team, Jeff Moore, was injured and still made effort to participate in the game.

“Jeff showed a lot of leadership,” Chambers said.

Moore was injured during the second half but still tried to help pull the team to a close win. Just because of the few losses, the team has experienced this season does not mean that there is no chance to be a part of the NCAA tournament.

“Once we start winning our games, we should get on a roll and be fine by the NCAA tournament,” Chambers said.

“Although we lost, we played well and if we are able to play a complete game, I know we can play with any team in this country,” Dolente said. “I think as a team we are looking forward to getting back to our winning tradition and play well into the NCAA tournament.”

“Our team approached this game knowing that it would take their best effort to beat Roanoke,” assistant coach Rory Friel said. “They entered the game 8-0 for a reason. Our play dropped off in the second quarter and Roanoke took advantage of our mistakes. That’s what good teams do.”

Gianna Shikitino

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