Men's Lacrosse to Face Cabrini in NCAA Tournament

Montclair, NJ (5/4/09) –The Montclair State men's lacrosse team will face Cabrini College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday, May 6. The Red Hawks, who will be making their first appearance in program history, will face the Cavaliers at 7:00 pm in Radnor, PA.

The winner of the game will head to Maryland on Saturday, May 9 to face Stevenson University.

MSU earned its berth by capturing the Skyline Conference Championship with a 7-6 win over Kean University on Saturday as Robert Glander (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) scored the eventual game-winning goal with 10:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Red Hawks are currently riding a seven-game winning streak and are 13-4 overall, including a perfect 5-0 mark in the Skyline this past season.

Both teams were represented in the latest USILA Division III poll. Cabrini, which has been ranked throughout the season is at No. 14 while Montclair State appears in the receiving votes category.

Cabrini claimed its ninth consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) title with on Saturday with a convincing 22-8 victory against No. 2 seed Marywood University at Edith Robb Dixon Field. The Cavaliers improved the nation’s longest active conference win streak to 88 games, dating back to the 2001 season, and are making their eighth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The teams have a brief history meeting seven times with Cabrini capturing six of those contests. Montclair posted a 17-6 win in the initial game in 1995, however the Cavaliers have won every meeting since, including a 7-4 victory in Radnor in 2007.

Senior goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, NJ / Vernon) made 28 saves in that contest while John Schiavone (Montclair, NJ / Montclair) had a goal. Cabrini led 5-4 heading into the fourth period before scoring two goals, including one by current junior Casey Grugan with 8:51 remaining to seal the game.

Montclair and Cabrini share one common opponent this season – Drew University. The Red Hawks fell to the Rangers at home on April 1, 8-7 in double-overtime while the Cavaliers recorded a 12-5 in Madison, NJ three days later.

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