Seniors honored in shutout over Gwynedd-Mercy

By Jill Fries
November 6, 2008

Cabrini seniors and the rest of the men’s soccer team defeated Gwynedd-Mercy, 3-0 on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Not only did the Cavaliers win, but recognized the talented seniors who have given their all throughout the season for senior day.

Before the game, seniors were announced and awarded with a framed black jersey as well as allowing parents to take pictures across the field with their senior.

“It felt really good to be recognized for being a senior and a member of the men’s soccer team for the past four years of college,” Colin Hinkelmon, senior elementary education major, said.

The sunny cool day brought 146 fans in attendance. Cabrini, now 13-3-2, played CSAC opponent Gwynedd-Mercy, now 4-14-1, with which they handled quite easily with three goals.

Just 51 seconds in, Cavs senior Mike McDevitt scored the first goal with a header assisted by sophomore Troy Allen.

In the second half, at the 73 minute mark, sophomore King Saah scored the second goal from 25 yards out.

In the 86 minute mark, freshman Steve Lobley was set up in front by freshman Sam Webb for the third and final goal of the game.

For the seniors, this was their final game of the regular season.

“I could not ask for a better exit to my senior year,” Hinkelmon said. “Winning the regular season CSAC title as well as being undefeated in the conference was and is an honor. I can only hope to bring home a championship title from the playoffs and hope for an NCAA tournament bid.”

“Winning the last game of the season was important for us for many reasons,” Robert Dallas, assistant coach, said.

“Most importantly, this win allows us to remain unbeaten both at home and in the CSAC as we prepare for the conference playoffs,” Dallas said.

The thought of losing this year’s seniors has not really hit Dallas yet, but he explains that each one of those players are going to be very difficult to replace because they play such a significant role on the team.

The Cavaliers had many goals for this year’s season and now even more due to making the playoffs.

“The continued hard work and dedication from each of our guys,” Dallas said upon asked what he is expecting to see during the playoffs.

“These guys have made a lot of sacrifices all year to get to where they are, and we are very close to achieving our goals. I hope to see the team go on to win the conference tournament and gain an NCAA tournament birth,” Dallas said.

“This year’s season is one of the best I have experienced while here at Cabrini,” Hinkelmon said. “Although last year’s season was a great breakthrough for the team, doing as well as we did, we still came up empty-handed. This year I believe I speak for the whole team when I say that winning a championship is the only thing that will satisfy us.”

The Cavaliers are seeded number one in the playoffs, allowing them to have a first-round bye. The men will be playing on Thursday, Nov. 6, at home.

“We have home field advantage through the conference tournament. Please get out to support the team. They thrive off of the crowd’s energy and need to use this home field to our advantage as we begin post season play,” Dallas said.

Jill Fries

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