Philadelphia: It is great to see one of the local teams playing for a national championship and that is what we had on Sunday afternoon as Cabrini Cavaliers took on Amherst Mammoths in the Division lll championship game from Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Cabrini made the title game by taking down Salisbury while Amherst booked their trip to Philly with win over Williams. This turned out to be a home game for Cabrini as they are located in Radnor PA. This would mark the first time for both schools to be playing for the championship.
Amherst would come out and jump on the Cavaliers in the first quarter with a 2-0 lead, the Cavaliers would get on the board on goal from Bill Morgan, the Mammoths took the 3-2 lead end of the first quarter. The Cavaliers would answer with a 4 goal second quarter which saw them tie the game at 6 at halftime.
In the second half, both teams would trade goals, the Cavaliers would take their first lead of the game at 9-8 on goal from Kyle Tucker with 10:37 left in the third quarter. The Cabrini fans in attendance just had that feeling as they would do something special which has never been done in school history.
Amherst would make thing interesting as they cut Cabrini lead to 11-10 to end the third quarter, The Cavaliers would keep the pressure on the Mammoths in the fourth quarter.
A Crowd of 18,702 would see Cabrini take down Amherst 16-12 to win their first championship in school history.
Time to Celebrate
Cabrini Coach Steve Colfer said that he had a feeling about winning the championship at Lincoln Financial Field
“ I knew we were in a good spot yesterday, when — and I didn’t realize the section when we went to the banquet on Friday night. They said okay after the Fanfest, you’re going to go in and your teams will be sitting in Section 108. That’s where we have reserved for the DIII teams to watch the DI game. And I go to my seat and I’m sitting there and I turn and I said, oh my God, I got a really eerie feeling right now, and they said why? One row in front, three seats down is the seat I sat in to watch the Eagles beat the Vikings to go to the Super Bowl in 2017”
Cabrini Kyle Tucker on being part of the first team to bring a championship to the program?
Amherst Coach Jon Thompson:
Cabrini Coach Steve Colfer: