Marywood Downs Notre Dame to Advance in CSAC

BALTIMORE, MD - Despite having a 31-25 shots advantage, fourth-seeded College of Notre Dame fell to fifth-seeded Marywood, 12-6, Saturday afternoon in a Colonial States Athletic Conference quarterfinal game. The Gators end their 2010 season with a 7-8 overall record. Marywood improved to 8-7 with the win and will take on top-seeded Cabrini on Wednesday afternoon.

Both teams exchanged goals early on, with senior Lauren Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) and freshman Allison Terry (Towson, MD/Catholic) scoring for Notre Dame, and Taylor McKeown and Kelly Kuzicki earning goals for Marywood. The Pacers went on to close the final 15:22 of the first half with five unanswered goals, including two more from McKeown to take a 7-2 lead at the break.

Notre Dame came out firing throughout the second half, out shooting Marywood by a 21-11 margin in the period. However, Marywood goalie Katie Sullivan made ten second half saves to keep Notre Dame at bay. After goals by sophomore Ashley Cumberland (Baltimore/Kenwood) and Lauren Terry pushed the score to 9-5. The Pacers put the game out of the Gators reach with two unanswered goals from Kuzicki and McKeown, making the score 11-5 with 16:31 to play. Lauren Terry was able to score twice more, but constant possession coupled with a score by Marywood's Jennifer Silvestri secured the 12-6 victory.

McKeown led Marywood with four goals while Kelly Kryspin came off the bench and added three goals. Kuzicki also finished with three goals while Alexis Willey dished out three assists. Stephanie Naro rounded out the scoring for the Pacers with a goal. Sullivan ended up with 13 saves to earn the victory between the pipes.

Lauren Terry finished with four goals for Notre Dame, while Allison Terry and Cumberland each had a goal of their own. Freshman Kelsey Kempf (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) had a stellar game on defense for Notre Dame, causing a game-high six turnovers while picking up six ground balls. Freshman Emily Langton (Mays Landing, NJ/Holy Spirit) made seven saves in the losing effort.

Notre Dame had other statistical advantages in the game, with an 11-9 edge in draw controls and a 25-18 advantage in ground balls. The Gators also forced 23 Pacer turnovers while only causing 16 of their own, while committing just four turnovers in the second half. The Gators were 11 for 16 on clear attempts to the Pacers 19 for 24 effort on clears.

The Gators reached the CSAC tournament after finishing 2009 with a 2-12 overall record and a 2-5 league record. This season, Notre Dame finished fourth in the CSAC with a 5-3 mark during the regular season.

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Baltimore, MD Marywood University's women's lacrosse team earned the first playoff victory in program history on Saturday with a 12-6 win at the College of Notre Dame in the first round of the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs. The Pacers, now 9-8 on the season, advance to CSAC Semifinals, where they will face top-seeded Cabrini College on Wednesday in Radnor, PA.

After Notre Dame scored 3:26 into Saturday's contest, Marywood's Alexis Willey (Hummelstown, PA) set up goals by Taylor McKeown (Nashua, NH) and Kelly Kuzicki (Vernon, NJ) to give the Pacers a 2-1 lead just under 10 minutes into the first half. Allison Terry knotted the score at 2-apiece at the 18:06 mark, but Marywood scored the final five goals of the first half to hold a 7-2 lead at the intermission. McKeown scored twice during the run while Kuzicki, Stephanie Naro (Dunmore, PA), and Kelly Kryspin (Hopatcong, NJ) each netted markers for the visitors.

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