Cabrini lacrosse savors first D3 National Title

Matt Leon
May 27, 2019 - 2:46 pm
The Cabrini University men's lacrosse team celebrates its first national title at the Linc on Sunday.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For a long time, the Cabrini University men's lacrosse team has consistently been one of the best squads in the country.

Now in 2019, you can remove the phrase "one of" from the previous sentence.

The Cavaliers are still celebrating their first NCAA Division III National Championship, which they won on Sunday, beating Amherst College 16-12 at Lincoln Financial Field in front of 18,702 fans.

"It's what every coach, player I think ultimately dreams about in their quiet moments," Cabrini head coach Steve Colfer said.

"To finally have that opportunity to get this program to that game and then to win that game, it's awesome," he added. "It's awesome for the university, it's awesome for the athletic department, it's awesome for this team, but more importantly, it's awesome for all those players that ever donned the blue and white for us."

A lot of those former players were among the fans cheering on the Cavaliers Sunday. 

Colfer, who has been at the head of the program for 19 years, says that connection of the past with what his team was doing in the present really was special.

"I was getting emails and texts throughout the week from alums and friends of our program that were all coming in from all different places and they were just thanking me for getting the team to this point," he said, "but more so for them getting to reconnect with former classmates, teammates, friends. To me, that was one of the best parts of the week. I kept imploring those guys to stay connected yesterday (Sunday) after the game and use this game as a reason why we stay connected forever. "

The game with Amherst was tied at 6 at the half. Cabrini took control as the second half played out. They scored their final goal with 3:32 remaining in the fourth quarter and that provided the final score, 16-12. 

For many, Cabrini seemed to have the game in hand as the fourth quarter rolled on. So when did the coach think they had reached the top of the mountain?

"Maybe under a minute (remaining), you know, I kind of had a sense that we were kind of destined to win this championship, up four and the ball on our stick," he said. "But as a coach, you're always doing math in your head, you're looking at the goal and how much time and what can happen and trying to guard against it. The reality of when the kids ran past me to storm the field and having a moment to embrace with my coaching staff and guys that have been with me since the beginning, just time slowed down and it became very, very surreal and special and unbelievable."

Cabrini finished its national championship season 22-2, winning its final 15 games.

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