No. 8 Cabrini Tops No. 15 Denison University in NCAA Tournament First Round
May 12, 2010
RADNOR, Pa. - The 8th-ranked Cabrini men's lacrosse team is advancing in the NCAA Tournament following a 10-7 win versus No. 15 Denison University on Wednesday afternoon at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The victory is the Cavaliers' fourth all-time, including third in the last three seasons, in NCAA Tournament play.
Senior attackman and 2010 Tewaaraton Award candidate Casey Grugan and senior attackman Steve Kapp each tallied three points with two goals and one assist in the win. Kapp netted the eventual game-winning goal with 11:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Grugan's three points increases his 2010 total to 96, matching Cabrini's single-season record that he established last season. He has recorded at least one point in a nation-leading 75 straight games and scored at least one goal in an NCAA Division III-record 72 consecutive contests.
Junior midfielder Dan Terenick, sophomore attackman Brian Hill and freshman attackman Bobby Thorp each posted two points. Terenick scored two goals, while Hill and Thorp paired one marker with one helper.
Junior midfielder Paul Skulski added one point on one goal.
Junior face-off specialist Mike Gurenlian also scored one goal, the first of his career. Yet, Gurenlian's imprint on the game resided inside the draw circle where he won 12-of-14 attempts. The Cavaliers owned a 16-for-20 face-off advantage as a team.
Playing on the wing on Gurenlian's face-off line, freshman midfielder Joe Hughes led the Blue & White with eight groundballs. Gurenlian scooped seven groundballs.
Freshman goalkeeper Erick Zarzecki stood tall between the pipes with 10 saves, including five in the fourth quarter. Zarzecki stopped four shots in the second period.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 3-0 lead with just over four minutes left in the opening quarter. Thorp, Skulski and Terenick each tickled the twine in the first period as Cabrini controlled much of the game's tempo.
The Big Red responded with three unanswered tallies, including a man-up goal, with 8:20 left in the second quarter.
However, the game's most critical stretch came with less than two minutes remaining before halftime as the Cavaliers closed out of the second stanza with four goals en route to a 7-3 edge. Grugan and Gurenlian ignited the run with two scores separated by five seconds. Grugan capped the spurt with his second with just three ticks left on the clock.
Cabrini maintained a four-goal cushion, 9-5, heading into the fourth quarter. Denison cut its deficit to two goals, 9-7, with 9:02 remaining, but never pulled any closer. Kapp deposited the contest's final goal at the 1:56 mark.
Junior midfielder Tanner Smith led the Big Red with four points, scoring one goal and distributing three assists. Senior attackman Brady Burton notched three points with two goals and one assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Gregg Shannon turned away 18 shots for Denison in the loss.
Denison (10-4), making its 18th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament, is ousted in the first round after advancing to the quarterfinal round one season ago.
The victory evens the Cabrini and Denison all-time series at 1-1. The Big Red won the inaugural meeting by the same 10-7 tally during the 2005 campaign.
Cabrini (15-3) will play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season and visits No. 1 Stevenson for the second consecutive year on Saturday, May 15. Game time against the Mustangs is to be announced.