RADNOR, Pa. -- After a slow start, No. 6 Cabrini found its footing and ran to a 14-8 win against visiting Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The victory improves the Blue and White to 4-0 on the year.
This marks the first time the Cavaliers have opened a season 4-0 since the 2008 campaign. Ironically, the fourth victory to open the 2008 season came in a 14-9 win at Hampden-Sydney.
Junior Tyler Johnston led the Cavaliers with a season high eight points on four goals and four assists. Fellow junior Mike Leyden added four goals and an assist in the win. Junior Damian Sobieski and senior Corey Elmer added three points each on the day. Sobieski's points came with a hat trick, while Elmer paired two goals and a helper.
With Sobieski's second goal, the junior became the 21st Cabrini player to eclipse the 100 career point plateau.
The Cavaliers showed some rust in the early going after a full week without game action. The Tigers took advantage, building a 3-0 lead in the game's first five minutes. Freshman Evan Downey opened the Blue and White score book with a goal in the 10th minute. Johnston's first of the day came as an unassisted tally before the junior evened the score at 3-3 with his second goal of the game with just 14 seconds left in the opening period.
Sobieski's first goal of the day came less than a minute into the second half. Less than 2 minutes later the Tigers leveled the score at 4-4. Johnston found Leyden with 94 seconds left in the period for a slim 5-4 lead, but Hampden-Syndey closed the period with a late goal to send the teams into halftime tied at 5.
Elmer put Cabrini ahead with 6 minutes left in the third period, just minutes before a costly cross-check penalty on the Tigers gave the Cavaliers an opening. During the two-minute man-up opportunity, Sobieski netted a pair of goals, including his 100th career point. Johnston added a goal with 40 seconds left in the period, extending the lead to 9-5.
The Cavaliers put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring five unanswered goals. Johnston's fourth goal of the day came just 83 seconds into the period. On the ensuing face-off, junior Anthony DiNenno won the draw, scooped the ground ball and found Elmer alone in front of the goal. Leyden then iced the win with three consecutive goals in a four-minute span.
Cabrini outshot the Tigers 51-24, including a combined 21 by Johnston and fellow junior Anthony DiSanzo. The Blue and White also scooped 48 ground balls. Sophomores Brian Kittredge and Dan Hopson scooped five ground balls each, career highs for both, while Kittredge forced a career-best three turnovers.
Freshman goaltender Hank Altschuler recorded nine saves on the day for his fourth victory. DiNenno won 14 of his 21 chances inside the face-off circle.
Junior Thomas Armstrong led the Tigers (1-3) with two goals and two assists. Fellow junior Mike Funk added a pair of goals, while goaltender David Noftsinger tallied 13 saves.