Late Surge Lifts Centenary Past Marywood

Scranton, PA Marywood's Allie Sodl scored eight goals, including the 100th of her career, but it was enough as visiting Centerary College used a four-goal run late in the second half on their way to a 17-16 win over the Pacers in Colonial States Athletic Conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones, who got eight goals from national-scoring leader Megan Mars, improve to 11-1 on the season and 6-1 in conference play while Marywood falls to 7-6 on the year and 3-4 in the CSAC.

After spotting Centenary the lead just under a minute and a half into the game, Marywood built a 3-1 lead at the 26:44 mark of the game behind goals from Sodl (Coplay, PA), Taylor McKeown (Nashua, NH), and Alexis Willey (Hummelstown, PA). The Cyclones responded with a pair of goals separated by just 29 seconds to tie the score at 3-3. After Centenary took a 5-4 lead on a Mars goal with 19:01 to play in the half, Marywood would battle back to take the lead, only to have the visitors knot the score three more times throughout the half.

Defender Carrie Glenn (Rifton, NY) gave the Pacers a 9-8 lead with 3:06 left in the opening 30 minutes of play on a tremendous solo effort, collecting a groundball near her own cage and racing the length of the field to score her first goal of the season. Allie Swartz would again equalize for Centenary at the 1:12 mark, by Sodl's fourth goal of the half with 30 seconds remaining gave Marywood a 10-9 halftime lead.

McKeown doubled the Pacers' lead just 17 seconds into the second half, but Centenary responded with four straight goals to take a 13-11 lead with 21:29 to play, but Marywood countered with a four-goal run of their own behind three Sodl tallies and one from McKeown to put the hosts back in front 15-13 with 9:51 to play. The see-saw sway back in favor of the Cyclones, who put together yet another four-goal surge over a nearly five minute span to hold a 17-15 advantage with 2:52 to play.

Sodl scored her eighth goal of the game, and 100th of her career, by converting a free-position shot with 1:37 to play, but Centenary's defense, led by goalie Leslie Ann Pritchard, were able to prevent Marywood from finding the equalizer in the closing moments of the contest.

Centenary, who got eight goals from Mars, held a 40-27 advantage in shots for the game and a 37-26 edge in groundballs. Pritchard finished the game with 11 saves to pick up the win.

Sodl's eight goals led Marywood, who also got seven points from McKeown on six goals and one assist. Willey was the third Pacer with a multiple-point game after registering a goal and an assist. Katie Sullivan, currently ranked third in the nation in saves and tenth in save percentage, made 17 saves between the Pacers' pipes.

Seniors Glenn and Kelly Kuzicki (Vernon, NJ) were honored at halftime of the contest for their dedication to the women's lacrosse program since its inaugural season in 2008.

Marywood will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Rosemont College in their final CSAC match-up of the season needing a win to secure their second-straight postseason berth. Opening draw between the Pacers and Ravens is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Scranton.


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