The Cavaliers dominate the Neumann Knights 21-4

By Holly Prendergast
April 7, 2011

The No. 18 Cabrini men’s lacrosse team continued the nation’s longest active conference win streak by claiming its 79th consecutive conference win against the Neumann University Knights in an overpowering 21-4 victory.

The Blue and White controlled every aspect of the game by winning 24 of the 29 face-offs and claiming a 43 to 20 groundball advantage against the Knights.

“Obviously we’re very happy with the result,” head coach Steve Colfer said.  “We were able to possess the ball and get a lot of shots.  We talk about all the time being in the right place, doing the right thing, regardless of who we are playing we want to get better.”

“Sophomore midfielder Jeff Crosby and senior midfielder Paul Skulski both led the Cavaliers offense totaling five points each.  Crosby grabbed four goals and one assist while Skulski netted one goal and collected four assists.  Skulski is now four goals away from becoming only the fifth player in program history to reach 100 career goals.

While the Cavaliers did claim the win, they had to overcome an early deficit when the Knights scored not even two minutes into the game.

“I guess we weren’t expecting it (the opening goal), but that’s really on me,” junior defender John McSorley said. “I probably should have slide down a little lower and the probably wouldn’t have gotten it if I did that.  We gave them one, it was a cheap one but we picked it up after that.”

The Cavaliers did just that by picking it up and leading at halftime with an astounding 13-1 lead against the Knights.

When asked if it was hard to stay focused in a game such as this one, with such an overpowering lead, Skulski said, “Not in a sense, when you’re on the field I like to think that everyone’s head is in the game, but today we were putting up goals and doing what we needed to do so I think we were there, all day.”

In all, the Cavaliers made 63 shot attempts and had 14 players with at least one point in the game.

“We try to make sure everyone is confident,” McSorley said.  “That’s the most important thing going in I think.  As long as everyone has that confidence, that they can do it, then everything works out.”

The Cavaliers (5-3, 2-0 CSAC) are set to take on non-conference opponent Whittier College on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Edith Robb Dixon Field.

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