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Men's Lacrosse Cut Down by Cavaliers in CSAC Opener

(Newswanger Left, Gibson Right, Neumann)

RADNOR, Pa. – The Neumann University men's lacrosse team opened Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) play on Thursday afternoon, falling to rival Cabrini University by a score of 24-8.

Eric Conlon was the standout star for the Knights in the loss, scoring five times to lead both teams on the day. Colin Blake chipped in with two goals and an assist, while Adam Fagan added a goal and three assists. Jack Newswanger also continued his solid play on face-offs winning his 100th draw of the season in the loss. Antonio Gibson got the start in goal, making 15 saves in net.

Neumann faced an uphill battle on the afternoon facing a Cabrini team that had won 108 consecutive CSAC games, as well as the past 17 CSAC titles. The Cavaliers wasted no time looking for number 109, as they scored the opening two goals of the game to take a quick 2-0 lead. Conlon answered back for the Knights at the 10:18 mark, but five unanswered goals from Cabrini put Neumann in a 6-1 hole with 4:29 left to play in the quarter. A second Conlon goal at 4:16 got the Knights back to within four, but two late Cavaliers goals made it 8-2 heading to the second quarter.

The Knights tried to keep pace early in the second stanza, trading two goals apiece with Cabrini to start the quarter, but the Cavaliers imposed their will after that. The hosts notched seven straight goals late in the half to take a commanding 17-4 lead into halftime.

Neumann battled in the second half, holding the Cavaliers to just two goals in the third quarter while scoring two goals of its own. Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not keep up that effort into the fourth and final frame, conceding five more Cabrini tallies as the Cavaliers took home the 24-8 win.

Neumann (1-8, 0-1 CSAC) will have a week off before returning to action next Wednesday, March 29th with another CSAC contest at Marywood University. Game-time is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

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