Marywood Downs Neumann in CSAC Opener

Scranton, PA William Roerden scored the 100th point of his career and finished with four points to lead Marywood to a 10-5 win over Neumann University in the Colonial States Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon. The Pacers, who also got a four-point effort from Jamie Beagan, improve to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play while the Knights fall to 1-6 on the year and 0-1 in the CSAC.

Marywood got goals from four different players to take a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Roerden (Warwick, NY) scored off an assist from Beagan (Patchogue, NY) with the Pacers a man-up at the 9:03 mark to open the scoring. Gregory Nester (Morgantown, PA) and George Downey IV (Palmyra, PA) would each score unassisted goals before Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA) scored off a Roerden assist with 2:11 to play in the opening stanza. Roerden's helper gave the junior the 100th point of his career, joining Parks as the only members of the young program's 100-point club.

The Pacers special teams stepped up again in the second quarter as Parks scored the only goal of the period with Marywood shorthanded at the 4:21 mark. The Pacers would hold a 5-0 halftime lead after out-shooting Neumann 21-12 in the first 30 minutes of play.

Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) took a feed from Parks and scored with 9:49 to play in the third quarter to stretch the host's advantage to 6-0 before the Knights got on the board when Mike Pantelone scored with 6:12 remaining in the period. Beagen and Roerden would score goals separated by 35 seconds to give Marywood an 8-1 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Brian Roerden (Warwick, NY) and Tuscai scored in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to give Marywood a commanding 10-1 lead. Neumann scored the final four goals of the game, but it was too late for the Knights, who got four goals from Pantelone in the contest.

Marywood held a 45-26 shot advantage while claiming 45 groundballs to the Knights 35. In a physical contest in which the two teams combined for 23 penalties, the Pacers scored three goals on eight extra-man opportunities while holding the Knights to two late man-up goals on eleven opportunities.

Marywood returns to action on Wednesday when they visit Immaculata University for a CSAC match-up scheduled to face-off at 7:00 p.m.


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