Strong start for men’s lacrosse

By Michelle Moran
March 30, 2006

Deborah Campbell

Cabrini’s men’s lacrosse team is off to an impressive start to their season, with four consecutive wins under their belt. The team is also currently ranked number 17 nationally in Division III teams. Dave Barba, a senior marketing major, said, “The season is going real well so far, team chemistry is coming together and we are playing like champions.”

The Cavaliers are lead by head coach Steve Colfer, who said, “The team is playing hard and listening well, which are characteristics of a great team.” Also guiding the team are assistant coach Ryan Greer and three team captains: senior business administration major Kevin Rayer, senior political science major Nick Terlizzo and senior English and communication major Matt Campbell.

The Cavaliers have a 4-1 record so far, losing their first game to Lynchburg, but redeeming themselves with four consecutive wins against Guilford, Widener, Haverford and Farleigh Dickinson University. The team’s winning streak started with a match up against Guilford, which ended in a victorious win of 14-3, with the guidance of sophomore history major and attacker Patrick Jenkins, who scored a career-high of four goals. Attacker Rayer contributed two goals. Another key game was against Widener, in which Cabrini defeated the No. 13 team with a score of 12-11. Sophomore attacker Matt Conaway scored the tying goal in regulation and the game-winner in triple overtime. The team sealed its latest game with a 12-5 non-league win over FDU Florham.

The team has a lot of goals and expectations to live up to, and hopefully exceed this year, as Cabrini’s lacrosse team has been Pennsylvania Athletic Champions for the past five years without losing a single league game.

Jeff Moore, a freshman linesman, said, “We just need to keep working hard so that we can win the PAC conference again and get to the National Collegiate Althetic Association tournament again as well.”

Contributing to the team’s success is strong guidance and great chemistry between players. Chris Luongo, a sophomore marketing major and linesman, said, “Through strong leadership from the coaches and upperclassmen, we are now 4-1 and look to go undefeated for the rest of the season.”

The team’s upcoming schedule includes games against several rival colleges and many key games that will be vital to the PAC championship. Scott Reimer, a freshman player, said, “We have all league games upcoming besides Cortland State, that is most likely going to be our toughest game of the year. I feel we are prepared for this game and have a very good chance of upsetting the number seven team in the nation.”

The team looks forward to an exciting and challenging season, while focusing on each game as they come. Luongo said, “We work hard each day to get ready for the most important game, which is always the next one.”

The team’s next game is at Cortland State April 1 at 1 p.m. Coach Colfer encourages the Cabrini community to come out and enjoy the exciting games and to support the team as spring weather starts to arrive.

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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