Radnor, Pa. - May 8, 2013 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team trailed by just one after 15 minutes of play, but was ultimately defeated by Cabrini, 20-8, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday.
Springfield, which was making its sixth-straight trip to the NCAA Championship, ends its season with a 10-8 record. The Cavaliers, who entered the game ranked fifth in this week's USILA National Poll, are now 15-3.
Brendan Boss led the Pride with three goals, while junior Kevin Freeman tallied three assists. Bryce Serriello netted two strikes, and Ryon Lynch produced a goal and an assist. Junior goaltenders Connor Nash and Robert Maher combined for 19 saves as they faced 60 shots in the contest.
Corey Elmer paced the Cavaliers with his seventh eight point game of the season, pairing four goals and four assists. Senior Bobby Thorp and sophomore Mike Leyden added five points each on seven goals and three helpers. Thorp posted three goals, while Leyden tallied four goals.
The Cavaliers took control of the game early, recording three goals in a one minute span in the game's opening minutes. Leyden opened the scoring before Elmer and Thorp found the net. Junior Matt Biegel added a man-up goal at 9:35, giving Cabrini a 4-0 lead. Following Springfield's first goal of the game from Boss, sophomore Anthony DiSanzo tallied the first of his three on the game.
The Pride grabbed the game's momentum late in the period, cutting the Blue and White advantage to 5-4 after 15 minutes. Ryan Murphy and Sean Doolay scored 14 seconds apart before Serriello ripped home a marker with 16 seconds left to make it a one-goal game.
It didn't take Cabrini long to regain control of the game as junior defenseman Bill McCabe scored his first goal of the season 75 seconds into the quarter to kickstart a 7-0 burst by the hosts. Leyden tallied his second of the game with just under nine minutes to play. DiSanzo's second came just 80 seconds later, extending the lead to 5-4.
With 5:12 left before the half, sophomore Ethan Heisman scored the first of his two goals. Heisman recorded his second assist of the quarter at the 2:09 mark, finding Thorp for the senior's 42nd goal of the season. Elmer completed the period with two goals in the final two minutes, including one with just three seconds remaining, sending the teams into the break with Cabrini leading 12-4.
The Cavaliers' maintained their eight goal through the third quarter as the clubs exchanged goals. Serriello and Boss netted goals, while Heisman and Leyden found the net for Cabrini.
The Blue and White sealed the game away in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter as DiSanzo completed his hat trick one minute into the final quarter and Elmer posted his 55th goal of the season 76 seconds later.
After the ensuing faceoff, senior Andrew Kvech found sophomore Damian Sobieski streaking to the goal for his 25th of the season just 13 seconds after Elmer's goal. Senior Andrew Protenic netted an unassisted tally at 11:40, 59 seconds before Thorp completed his hat trick. Leyden closed Cabrini's scoring with 5:50 to play off an pass from rookie Evan Allvord.
The Blue and White outshot Springfield 60-28 and scooped 55 ground balls to the Pride's 38. Kvech and sophomore Anthony DiNenno combined for 16 ground balls, while Kvech also matched a career high with five caused turnovers, while DiSanzo and junior JoJo Cooper caused two each. Freshman Chris Treat scored his first NCAA Tournament win with eight saves.