Downey's OT Goal Lifts Marywood Past Gwynedd-Mercy

Gwynedd Valley, PA George Downey IV scored 1:59 into overtime to lift Marywood University to a thrilling, 9-8 victory over Gwynedd-Mercy College in Colonial States Athletic Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Pacers improve to8-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play while the Griffins' record slides to 6-4 on the year and 1-2 in the CSAC.

Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA) opened the scoring for Marywood with an unassisted goal at the 10:29 mark of the opening quarter before Gwynedd-Mercy equalized on a Matt Houk tally with 7:09 left on the clock. Parks put the Pacers back in front by scoring off a feed from Chris Riley (Islip, NY) with 1:54 to play and Jamie Beagan (Patchogue, NY) gave Marywood a 3-1 lead with 40 seconds to play in the first fifteen minutes of play.

Brian Roerden (Warwick, NY) stretched the Pacers' lead to 4-1 with a goal 2:46 into the second quarter, but the Griffins got consecutive goals from Stefan Hetland and Mason Risner to cut their deficit to 4-3 heading into the halftime break.

Risner tied the game with a goal just 16 seconds into the third period off a Nicholas Coan assist, but Marywood reclaimed the lead three minutes later Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) scored from a tough angle off Riley's second helper of the contest. Houk would retie the game with 3:28 left in the quarter, but Stephen Klepfer (Binghamton, NY) put Marywood ahead just over a minute later as Riley recorded his third assist of the game.

The Pacers would build an 8-5 advantage on goals by William Roerden (Warwick, NY) and Joe LaBella (Allentown, PA) in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Griffins would get goals Stefan Hetland and Risner to climb back within a single goal before Jonathan Schmitt rifled a shot past Marywood goalie Jesse Habich (Broomall, PA) with just one minute to play to force overtime.

Playing in their first overtime game in program history, Marywood got a key save from Habich just 47 seconds into the extra from as the junior stoned Dustan Mangin on a close-range shot. Following a successful clear and a timeout, the Pacers' fired off four shots, including one of the post, before Downey (Palmyra, PA) ended the game with an unassisted tally with 2:01 left in the first overtime.

Marywood held a 35-31 advantage in shots for the game and won the groundball battle by a 39-35 margin while both teams won 10 face-offs.

Parks (2 goals, 1 assist) and Riley (3 assists) each had three-point games to lead Marywood attack, which also got two points from Downey (1 goal, 1 assist). Habich picked up his eighth win of the season after turning aside 13 shots by the Griffins.

Marywood returns to action on Wednesday evening when they host the University of Scranton in a non-conference game. The cross-town rivals will face-off at 7:00 p.m.

2010-04-10



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