The Cabrini Cavaliers took down the Amherst Mammoths in a back-and-forth offensive battle to capture the NCAA DIII Championship, their first in program history. Cabrini exploded in the fourth quarter, outscoring Amherst 5-2 to help seal the win and claim their first national title.
Cabrini was led by Jordan Krug who tallied 5 points (2G,3A) in the win. Kyle Tucker also had 4 points (3G,1A) while Bill Morgan recorded a hat-trick. In cage for the Cavaliers Riley White made 11 saves.
Matt Solberg led the way for Amherst with 4 points (2G,2A) while Evan Wolf had 3 points (2G,1A). Jon Coffey and Jason Herrick each had 2 goals for the Mammoth as well. In cage Gib Versfeld made 9 saves.
Amherst started the game out strong with Jackson Herrick and Jack Norton scoring on back-to-back possessions, putting the Mammoth up 2-0 early. Cabrini finally answered a few minutes later with Bill Morgan getting the Cavaliers on the board.
The Mammoth and Cavaliers each scored one more in the final minutes of the first after a lot up-and-down play that included some sloppy lacrosse. Cabrini’s goal in the last minute of the quarter cut the Amherst lead to 3-2 heading into the second.
Both sides would score very early on in the second, making it a 4-3 Amherst lead. After about four minutes of defensive heavy play Amherst found their mojo, going on a two-goal run to push their lead to 6-3.
At the 8:20 mark in the second Tyler Kostac got the Cavaliers offense rolling again. That Kostac goal triggered a three-goal run for Cabrini that tied the game up at 6 midway though the second. The half ended with a lot of defensive play on both sides of the field, keeping things knotted at 6.
Coming out of halftime with things all knotted up, Amherst wasted little time to retake the 7-6 with Jason Herrick finding the back of the net early in the third. Cabrini quickly answered with two straight goals just over a minute later, taking their first lead of the game at 8-7.
The rest of the third was very back-and-forth as both sides kept taking shots at each other and attacking the cage hard. After Amherst was able to tie it back up at 9, Cabrini went on a late two-goal run to take an 11-9 lead, their largest of the game at that time.
Evan Wolf was able to get the Mammoths back within one late, scoring with a minute left in the third. Cabrini entered the fourth quarter with an 11-10 lead and would grow it very quickly.
Starting with a Kyle Tucker goal within the first minute of the period, Cabrini used a three-goal run to get out ahead 14-10 with 13:00 left in the game. While Amherst was able to rebound Cabrini always had an answer. Bill Morgan threw in the dagger with 3:32 left in the game, securing the 16-12 win for Cabrini to capture their first national title.