Quick start lifts Cabrini to victory
Thorp records hat trick as Cavaliers down Dickinson to advance
CARLISLE, Pa. -- Sixth-ranked Cabrini jumped out to an early lead and never let it go, as the Cavaliers defeated No. 11 Dickinson 12-7 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Bibble Field on Saturday afternoon.
The victory -- Cabrini's 16th consecutive -- sends the Blue and White to Wednesday's national quarterfinal round.
Bobby Thorp and Corey Elmer led the Blue and White attack with four points each. Thorp posted three goals, while four players -- including Elmer -- added a pair of goals each.
Cabrini (17-2) took control of the scoreboard early in the game, scoring the game's first five goals. Elmer opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into action, on an assist from Anthony DiSanzo. Twenty-five seconds later, Andrew Layne found Brian Hill, doubling the Cavaliers' advantage.
At the 11:37 mark, Mike Leyden scored an unassisted goal, extending the lead to 3-0. DiSanzo recorded his second assist of the period when he connected with Damian Sobieski.
Thorp's unassisted tally with just over five minutes left in the quarter ended the Cavaliers' opening barrage.
The Red Devils responded with a pair of goals before Elmer found Leyden with just eight seconds remaining in the quarter. Leyden's goal gave the Blue and White a 6-2 lead after the first 15 minute period.
Dickinson captured all of Cabrini's momentum in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered goals, cutting the score to 6-5 with five minutes until halftime.
Hill's second goal of the day came with 3:34 to play until the break, extending Cabrini's lead to 7-5 at halftime.
Elmer's second goal of the game came 3:17 into the third quarter and gave Cabrini a 8-5 cushion. The Red Devils got the goal back midway through the period. With 2:18 to play in the third, John McSorley found Thorp for the junior's second tally of the day.
Dickinson gained a little momentum with a goal in the final seconds of the third quarter, setting the score at 9-7 with 15 minutes to play.
Both teams had chances throughout the fourth quarter, but neither could navigate the opposition's defense for the first 11 minutes of the final period.
That all changed when McSorley caused his second turnover of the day. JoJo Cooper scooped the ball and sprinted down the field, finding Sobieski for the rookie's second goal of the day. Just over two minutes later, Matt Biegle converted an Elmer pass into sixth man-up goal of the year. Thorp completed his hat trick with 57 seconds on the clock.
The trio of DiSanzo, Elmer and Layne finished with two assists each. Tim Grenier joined McSorley with two caused turnovers on the day. Erick Zarzecki posted nine saves in the win.
The nation's faceoff win percentage leader -- Anthony DiNenno -- controlled 13 of the game's 21 faceoffs and scooped nine ground balls. Grenier and Andrew Zelinski added the ground balls apiece.
Brian Cannon led Dickinson (15-4) with a goal and two assists. Sam Greenberg and Christian Beitel add two goals each for the Red Devils.