Cabrini lacrosse ready for first shot at the title

Matt Leon
May 21, 2019 - 12:47 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships will be held at Lincoln Financial Field this weekend. Teams will be coming from all over the country to play for a national title, but the Division III championship game will feature the team with a short commute this Sunday.

Cabrini University in Radnor has earned a spot in the national title game for the first time in program history, and the Cavaliers will take on Amherst for all the marbles.

Cabrini earned this opportunity by beating Salisbury in the national semifinals this past weekend, 16-13.

"We beat a phenomenal Salisbury team that has, I think, won 12 national championships, and they are the standard bearer in our sport," Cabrini head coach Steve Colfer said. "To be able to get to where we are today and to be able to beat them feels good."

The Cavaliers are 21-2 on the season. During their NCAA tourney run, they have beaten the two teams they lost to — York and Salisbury — during the regular season.

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Colfer noted a few players who have led the way for the Cavaliers this season.

"(Senior attacker) Jordan Krug is undoubtedly our offensive leader," he said. "He's just been really strong for us the last couple of weeks and he's been strong all year. He's really stepped up. 

"Riley White, our (senior) goalie, (has) been great. (Sophomore) Luke McCallion, our faceoff guy, and our defense has played tremendous. That unit, coached by Ron Garling, they have really stepped up to the challenge all year and they've kept us in every game."

This will also be Amherst's first appearance in the title game. The Mammoths beat Williams in their semifinal match-up. Colfer said they've never faced Amherst before.

"Completely new challenge," he added. "They come out of the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference), which has some of the best athletic programs in the country across the board in all sports. Amherst has a wonderful athletic program and a top-flight men's lacrosse program."

Playing for a national championship is special. Doing so just half an hour from campus is extra-special.

"I'm sure that's something that'll be a lifetime memory that they'll have," Colfer said.

Sunday's game is set for a 4 p.m. start.

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