Cabrini Rolls Behind Gerzabek, Kostack, 17-15

The Lynchburg Diplomats (1-2) provided the opposition for the Cabrini Cavaliers (2-0) to open the Cavs home portion of their DIII Lacrosse season at Edith Robb Field just outside Philadelphia.

In what can only be described as an epic contest, Lynchburg hung in and got it knotted at 15-15 with just 4:25 to play before the Cavs found another gear to seal the deal.

At 12:29 of the opening stanza, Ty Kostack (4g,2a) recorded his 100th Collegiate goal to put the home team in front.

The Diplomats would get the equalizer when Nate Schafer (4g) converted a Kevin Rogers set up.

Fifty-six seconds later, Rogers (4g,2a) put Lynchburg in the lead.

Cabrini ripped off three tallies in just 3:21 fueled by Kohl Wesner (4g), Kostack setting up Mike Gerzabek (4g,2a) on the man up and finally, Wesner closed the opening stanza with a 4-2 Cabrini advantage.

Kostick converted a Jake Klein pass to push it to 5-2 at the 11:45 mark.

The three-goal cushion was the biggest lead Cabrini could generate and would never trail for the remainder of the tilt.

Rogers at 10:10 and Shafer at the 7:45 mark got Lynchburg within a goal before Matt Loparo (3g,3a) pushed it back to a two-goal Cabrini edge just :15 later.

Goals were coming fast and furious and, on the advantage, Brooks Poll (1g,1a) put it back to a one-goal game.

Wesner and Kostack scored just :18 apart for an 8-5 differential but, Kevin Rogers closed the half at 8-6.

The final three goals of the half came in just 2:29.

it took forty seconds for Shafer to collect another extra-man marker and, the battle was heating up.

1:09 later, Loparo countered but Trammel Robinson (1g 1a) decided to join the party making it 9-8.

Kevin Rogers set up Brooks Rogers (1g,3a) to get Lynchburg tied.

Loparo turned to set up guy and Gerzabek was the recipient.

The man up was lethal for the Diplomats and Colin Dean (2g,2a) notched yet another with just :47 remaining.

The quick-strike was the rule of the day and Gerzabek closed the third quarter with a marker with :16 left to put Cabrini on top, 11-10.

You had to know the Diplomats were not going away quietly and a counter-punching session took center stage with a “you score, I score” drama erupting.

Dean at 14:10, Jake Huey (1a) winning the face-off clean, hit Jake Klein (1g,1a) just five seconds later.

Owen Thoreck (1g) answered but Kostack hit Gerzabek with a pretty man advantage pass.

1:33 later, Lynchburg tallied another, you guessed it, man up goal supplied by Shafer.

It then turned into “you get two, we get two” with Loparo and Kevin Leyden (1g,1a) boosting Cabrini to a 15-13 edge.

Kevin Rogers answered with a pair and the combatants had 4:25 to decide a winner.

At 2:58, Wesner made it 16-15 before Kostack ended the day with :55 remaining.

Dis and Dat: Cabrini had the edge on faceoffs, 21 of 34. Shots favored the Cavs 49-37 as well as loose balls, 45-35.

The man advantage revealed 2 of 5 for the Cavs while the Diplomats were breathtaking, 4 of 5.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

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