Editors Note: The following article was written and approved for use by Liam O’Connor. Liam played for the Cabrini NCLL team in 2019 and writes for the Universities Recreation website.
Cabrini’s Club Lacrosse team kicked off their season this weekend by hosting Monmouth and Penn State Berks on Saturday. The Cavs were ranked #21 in the NCLL pre-season national rankings hoped to defend that ranking on Saturday.
The Cavs did just that as they opened the season with an 11-3 win over Penn State Berks. They came out with a bang to start the game, getting right back to where he left off last year, Nick Gavin opened the scoring for the Cavaliers, Gavin finished the day with 5 Goals.
Ryan McDevitt also kept it rolling, as he always does against Penn State Berks, putting 4 goals in the back of the net, finishing the day with a total of 7 goals.
Rocco Carzo also got on the board against Berks as he buried a goal, which is good news for the Cavaliers offense as they hope he can be a key contributor this season from the midfield.
In the 2nd game of the triple header, Monmouth took down PSU Berks by a score of 8-3.
In the Cavaliers 2nd game of the day, they faced a tough Monmouth team. Monmouth took early control of the game with a 3-1 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. Alec Morshead, who has been critical in the Cavaliers success then took the next face-off all the way to the house to cut the lead down to 3-2 with a minute remaining in the first half. After another face-off win by Morshead, Luke Miller tied the game up at 3-3 going into the half, a huge momentum shift for the Cavaliers that they would not look back on. Miller finished the game for the Cavaliers with 1 goal and 3 assists.
The 2nd half is where the Cavaliers took full control of the game as they came out of the break with 2 goals from Dillon Staples, who finished the day with 6 points.
Moreshead continued to dominate at the face-off circle as the Cavaliers defense completely locked down the Monmouth offense in the 2nd half. Leading the unit was goaltender John Rech who finished the day with 17 saves and 5 ground balls.
Part of the reason the Monmouth offense struggled so heavily in the 2nd half was the play of the Cavaliers Poles. Cameron Miller finished the day with 5 ground balls and 3 forced turnovers. Cole Bachman finished the day with 2 hits and 3 forced turnovers.
Chris Hare finished with 4 ground balls and 2 forced turnovers. Cabrini finished the game on a 7-1 run and ended up winning the game by a score of 8-4. Adding the last goal was Shane McNamara who put one in the back of the net with a pole, to put a dagger in Monmouth.
One Standout star for the Cavaliers that did not show up often on the stat sheet, but was a key in the Cavaliers success was freshman midfielder Ryan Chybinski who last minute was thrown into the lefty attack spot because of a player being out on the team. Ryan did exactly what he was asked to do on the day and helped initiate the offense.
Coach Deqwan Philips seemed very happy with his teams efforts “I’m thrilled with how the guys play this past weekend, they really showed a lot of intensity and poise. Always work to do to improve but a great start nonetheless, proud of them.” President of the club, Grant Murray was also enthusiastic about how the season started for the team, “I couldn’t be more excited to see what this team can do the rest of the season, the club has really had a major turnaround in the last 2 years or so and I feel like we are at the best position to succeed right now, we have a long schedule for this season and hope to continue our success for the remaining of the season, we have the talent to do so at each position.”
Final Stats for the day:
Alec Morshead: 19/23 face-off. 17 Ground Balls, 1 Goal.
Grant Murray: 1/1 Face-off. 4 Ground Balls, 2 Clears
Jake Zaleski: 1/1 Face-Off 2 Ground Balls
Cameron Miller: 5 Ground Balls, 3 forced turnovers
Chris Hare: 4 Ground balls, 2 forced turnovers
Cole Bachman: 3 forced turnovers
Luis Reyes: 1 Forced Turnover
Shane McNarma: 3 Forced Turnovers, 4 Ground Balls, 1 Goal
David Tilton: 3 Ground Balls
Dan Gee: 6 Clears, 4 Ground Balls
John Rech: 17 Saves, 5 Ground Balls
Tyler Strong: 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Rocco Carzo: 1 Goal
Nick Gavin: 5 Goals
Luke Miller: 1 Goal 3 Assists
Ryan McDevitt: 7 Goals
Ryan Chybinski: 1 Assist, 3 Ground Balls
Dillon Staples: 2 Goals, 4 Assists
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