Cabrini opens with a 17-15 victory. The #4 Cabrini Cavaliers opened their 2021 D3 season with a 17-15 victory over Southern Virginia (1-4). Edith Robb Dixon Field was the host for a wildly entertaining match-up. If one were to Google or, in my day, look up the word “frantic”… it would be…” see also, Southern Virginia- Cabrini Lacrosse game”.
For the first nine minutes, it appeared that Cabrini was running away with this one. Kyle Tucker (3g,2a), Matt Loparo (4G), Tucker assisting on Tyler Kostack (4g,1a) and Mike Gerzabek (1g,1a) boosted the Cavaliers to an early 4-0 edge. Ty Veres (5g,1a) stopped the bleeding but Tucker found a breaking Drew Supinski (3g) to put it to 5-1.
The old adage is…” lacrosse is a game of runs”. This game certainly hammered that point home. With :39 on the clock, Dane Zimmerman (2g) started a Knights run. Zimmerman scored again as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter with a 5-3 Cabrini advantage.
Zach Danneman (2g,2a) followed by Veres getting his second, tied things up at 5-5. Tennison Schmidt assisted on each tally. Kostack and Carter Bean (1g) exchanged markers followed by another exchange with Tucker and Danneman ending the half with a 7-7 deadlock.
Here is where “frantic” enters the scene. The teams combined to score nearly a goal a minute with 13!! Cabrini, once again, seemed to blow it open. A six-goal explosion courtesy of Jake Klein (1g), Loparo, Supinski with a pair, Max Drift (1g) and another from LoParo, and with 5:56 left in the stanza, the Cavaliers looked to have put this on ice, 13-7.
Southern VA was completely unimpressed and after Veras nailed two, Shawn Lamb (1g), a man up from Eric Norr, Tennison Schmidt (1g,5a), a second man up from Norr (2g), and with 1:00 play it amazingly was knotted up again. Ty Kostack broke the tie and ended the third quarter slugfest, 14-13. Gerzabek set up Tucker on the advantage to make it a two-goal game but, clearly, no lead was safe in this one.
Jacob Lamb (1g) got it too, no surprise, a one-goal game with nine and a half minutes to play. Loparo and Kostack scored 1:11 apart and it finally appeared Cabrini was taking this one. Chandler Wescott (4a) set up Veras for the final tally in the 17-15 slugfest.
Shots were insanely in favor of Cabrini, 73-31 with The Cavs holding a 20-5 final quarter. Face-offs favored the Cavs, 20 of 35. Cabrini also won the ground ball battle, 46-33. Both squads went 2 of 3 on the EMO.
Dalon Hampshire made 21 saves with 12 in the first quarter for Southern while Matt Sageder turned away six in the Cabrini cage. History was made with Ty Kostack being the 16th Player in Cabrini history to record 100 goals. Tommy Deluca with his 6 ground balls surpassed the 100 mark and becomes the 5th Cav to accomplish that feat. Cabrini opens with a 17-15 victory.