RADNOR, Pa. -- Despite a slow start, Cabrini improved to 8-2 in NCAA tournament first round games with Wednesday's 9-8 victory against No. 17 Mary Washington at Edith Robb Dixon Field. With the victory, the Cavaliers improved to 17-1, tied with the 2008 and 2012 teams for most wins in program history.
The victory also marked the 200th career win for head coach Steve Colfer. Colfer becomes one of a handful of active coaches with 200 victories, as only 20 coaches all-time reached the 200 win plateau entering the 2014 campaign.
The Blue and White will make its eighth appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, as it will face No. 3 and defending champion Stevenson on Saturday at a time and location yet to be determined. The Mustangs (18-2) scored an 18-4 win against Otterbein in Wednesday's opening round.
Junior Anthony DiSanzo led the Cavaliers with four goals in the win, including three in a decisive 18 minute span of the first half. Fellow junior Damian Sobieski paired two goals and two assists, while freshman Evan Downey added two goals and a helper.
Junior faceoff specialist Anthony DiNenno won 13 of his 21 chances at the spot and scooped seven ground balls, two more that senior Corey Elmer and junior Tyler Johnston. Senior Matt Ward matched a career high with three caused turnovers, including one that thwarted a Mary Washington opportunity in the final minute of the game.
Freshman goaltender Hank Altschuler improved to 11-0 with 10 saves on the night.
The Eagles got off to a fast start, taking advantage of some Cabrini miscues and an early penalty to build a 4-0 lead with 5:30 on the clock. Mary Washington would go more than 20 minutes of game action without reaching the net again, giving the Blue and White a chance to rally.
A non-releasable penalty gave the Cavaliers a chance to get on the board late in the opening quarter, as Sobieski found DiSanzo and Elmer for man-up goals. The Cavaliers continued its scoring run into the second quarter, as Downey found DiSanzo just 34 seconds into the period.
Sobieski's unassisted tally at the 10:56 mark evened the score at 4-4. DiSanzo broke the deadlock with 2:13 left in the half with an unassisted goal, while Downey's first of the day sent the Cavaliers into the half with a 6-4 lead.
The teams exchanged goals in the third quarter, as goals by DiSanzo and Sobieski helped maintain Cabrini's two goal advantage with 15 minutes to play.
Downey extended the lead to 9-6 with an unassisted goal at the 13:45 mark. The Eagles regained the game's momentum in the final minutes, netting goals with 3:14 and 2:34 to play. Mary Washington had the ball with less than two minutes to play, but Ward caused his third turnover of the game with 60 seconds on the clock to preserve the win.
Senior Luke Dick led the Eagles (14-4) with four goals and an assist, while senior goaltender Zack DelGrosso recorded 14 saves.