Marywood Hangs on to Nip Keuka by One Goal

Scranton, PA Playing for the second-straight day and their fifth game in eight days, Marywood University built a five-goal second half lead and held off a rally by Keuka College to pick up a 10-9 win in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon. The Pacers, who have now won four-straight games, improve to 6-2 on the season while the Storm drops to 0-2.

Keuka struck first in Sunday's contest, taking a 1-0 lead on a Brandy Shafer goal 1:49 into the game before Marywood responded with three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 lead at the 20:35 mark when Sarah Collins (Brooklyn, NY) scored off a Alexis Willey (Hummelstown, PA) assist.

Shafer scored exactly one minute later to cut the Storm's deficit to a single goal, but Marywood rattled off five of the final six goals of the opening 30 minutes of play to take an 8-3 lead into the intermission. Taylor McKeown (Nashua, NH) tallied four first half goals to lead the Pacers, who also got a pair from Allie Sodl (Coplay, PA).

With two Pacers sidelined due to yellow cards, Keuka took advantage, and Shafer completed her hat-trick by scoring at the 19:54 mark to cut Marywood's lead to 8-4. Just over a minute and a half later, Mary-Christine Vignola (New Market, MD) batted a Willey pass into the net to restore the Pacers' five-goal cushion, but Keuka scored four unanswered goals to trail by a 9-8 margin with 6:57 to play.

McKeown would score her fifth goal of the game unassisted with 2:04 to play to give the Pacers a much-needed insurance goal as Shafer scored her fifth goal of the game with 33 seconds to play. The Storm controlled the ensuing draw but were unable to get a shot off as Marywood held on for the 10-9 win.

Marywood, who got 12 saves from goalie Katie Sullivan (Merrick, NY) out-shot Keuka 32-21 while the Storm held a slim 29-26 edge in groundballs. Schafer finished with a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists to lead the Storm's attack.

Marywood returns to action on Thursday evening when they host Immaculata University in a Colonial States Athletic Conference game scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. in Scranton.

2010-03-21



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