The #3 Cabrini Cavaliers (3-1) went into Ithaca, New York. to take on the 2-2 Ithaca University Bombers on Saturday afternoon. The Bombers were able to handle the explosive Cabrini offense and outlasted the visitors in a back and forth battle, 11-9. The loss would be the first for Cabrini since March 27, 2019, a span of 18 games.
The first stanza was a taut defensive battle that saw Ithaca’s Connor Till (3g,1a) open the scoring before Mike Gerzabek (3g) and Matt LoParo (2g) converting a Ty Kostack (2a) set up to close the first with Cabrini up, 2-1.
Blake Eischen (1g) knotted it up. Kohl Wesner (2g) and, on the man up, Kyle Tucker set up LoParo for a 4-2 Cabrini lead. Ryan Osvath (1g) and after just 1:09, Till would get it tied up once again at 4-4. Wesner added his second before Jae Stuhlman (2g) countered to close the half at 5-5.
Gerzabek at 10:35 put the Cavs ahead. Ithaca roared back with markers from Stuhlman and Connor Brumfield (2g) to recapture the lead. Kostack hit Kyle Tucker (1g,1a) with a pretty pass. Dillon Fitzpatrick (1g) matched your take it to the final 15:00 with Ithaca holding a one-goal lead, 8-7.
Drew Turner (1g) stretched the advantage to two tallies. Gerzabek and Till exchanged markers and with 8:02 on the clock, Cabrini had an uphill battle. Jake Klein (1g,1a) tried to jump-start a comeback but was thwarted when Brumfield scored again to end the 11-9 battle.
Dis and Dat:
- Cabrini netminder, Jake Nestler stopped 14 shots in defeat.
- Tommy DeLuca forced 4 turnovers and scooped 6 loose balls in a futile cause for Cabrini.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.