Men's Lax Season Comes to End in NCAA Tournament
Senior goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, NJ / Pope John XXIII) made 17 saves for MSU, which suffered its first loss since April 1 and concluded its season at 13-5. Montclair had won seven straight before tonight’s game, including a 7-6 win over Kean in the Skyline Conference Championship Game that propelled MSU to its first NCAA appearance in program history.
Junior attackman Casey Grugan sparked the Cavaliers’ offense with five points on four goals and one assist. Grugan’s one helper increased his 2009 total to 44, passing Athletic Hall of Fame honoree Tom Lemieux’s 2002 performance and setting a new single-season program record. Grugan also extended the nation’s second-longest consecutive points streak to 56 games. He has recorded at least one point in each game of his Cabrini career.
Sophomore midfielder Paul Skulski also recorded five points, pairing two goals with three assists. Senior attackman Scott Reimer, the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in points (254) and goals (231), notched four points on four goals. Senior midfielder Kevin Fahey and freshman attackman Brian Hill each tallied two points on one goal and one assist.
Cabrini owned a 44-29 advantage in groundballs. Senior Jeff Moore, the program’s all-time leader (210), led the Cavaliers’ efforts with five groundballs.
Behind Fahey and senior Mike Dolente, the Blue & White controlled the face-off circle, winning 17-of-23 attempts. Dolente went a staggering 11-for-12 at the X. Fahey posted six wins in nine tries. Senior goalkeeper Kevin Chenoweth played all 60 minutes against the Red Hawks, totaling 11 saves and earning his 15th win of the season.
The Cavaliers led just 2-0 at the end of the first quarter following an unassisted marker from Grugan and a score from senior Christian Burrows off a feed from Hill.
After Cabrini went up 5-0, Montclair got on the scoreboard as freshman Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) scored with 3:45 to play before halftime. Grugran answered seven seconds later as Cabrini held a 6-1 advantage at the intermission.
Grugan’s last goal of the second quarter triggered a 9-0 run from the Cavaliers, racing to a 14-1 cushion with 13:51 remaining in the contest.
Montclair State deposited two unanswered goals mid-way through the fourth period as Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) and Mike Corsetto (Kinnelon, NJ / Kinnelon) each netted a goal. However, Cabrini closed out the game with three straight scores, including Skulski’s second.
Sophomore Anthony Dzienkiewicz (Jackson, NJ / Jackson) finished with a team-best eight ground balls and also added two face off wins.