Marywood Falls in CSAC Semifinals to Gwynedd-Mercy

Scranton, PA Third-seeded Gwynedd-Mercy College scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to earn a 9-7, come-from-behind victory over second-seeded Marywood University in the Colonial States Athletic Conference semifinals on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Griffins improve to 10-4 on the season and advance to their first CSAC Final, while the Pacers' season ends with an 11-5 record.

Marywood jumped out to a quick start and held a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. George Downey IV (Palmyra, PA) scored unassisted just 18 seconds into the contest and again just over a minute later off a Jamie Beagen (Patchogue, NY) assist. Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA) would stretch the Pacers' advantage to four with back-to-back goals separated by 58 seconds.

The games momentum begin to switch in the second quarter, and after Gwynedd-Mercy's Stefan Hetland and Marywood's Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) traded early goals, the Griffins would score the final three goals off the first half, including two by Roy Bakeoven, to cut the Pacers' lead to 5-4 at halftime.

Parks completed his hat-trick by converting Tuscai's second assist of the afternoon 1:43 into the third quarter, but the Griffins' cut their deficit to 6-5 on a Craig Trueblood marker at the 11:42 mark. Beagen restored Marywood's two-goal cushion with an unassisted goal with 9:35 left in the period, a lead that would stand heading into the final 16 minutes of play.

Gwynedd-Mercy's Jonathan Schmitt brought the visitors back within a goal by scoring off a feed from Matt Houk and the Griffins knotted the score at 7-7 with 6:49 to play on a man-up goal by Nicholas Hummel. With Gwynedd-Mercy on their fifth extra-man opportunity of the afternoon, Hetland set-up Dustan Mangin with 1:30 to play to give the Griffins their first lead of the game.

The Pacers' earned a late man-up opportunity, but William Roerden (Warwick, NY) was denied by Gwynedd-Mercy goalie Richard Zagari, who then sent the ball the length of the field where Hummel collected a groundball and scored with less than a second to play to ice the Griffins win.

Gwynedd-Mercy, who avenged a 9-8 overtime loss to Marywood during the regular season, held a 32-23 advantage in shots for the game and won the groundball battle 33-20. The Griffins, who went 2-5 on extra-man opportunities, got nine saves from Zagari. Hummel (2 goals), Bakeoven (2 goals), and Mason Risner (2 assists) and Trueblood (1 goal, 1 assist) each had multiple-point games for Gwynedd-Mercy.

Parks (3 goals), Downey (2 goals, 1 assist), and Tuscai (1 goal, 2 assists) each had three points to lead Marywood's attack. Jesse Habich (Broomall, PA) made 13 saves between Marywood's pipes in the loss. Marywood went 0-6 on extra-man opportunities and won 11 of the contest's 17 face-offs.

Gwynedd-Mercy advances to take on top-seeded Cabrini College, currently ranked 9th in the country, in Saturday afternoon's CSAC Final. The Cavaliers, a 26-3 winner over fourth-seed Immaculata University this afternoon, will host the Griffins at time to be announced in Radnor, PA.

The 2010 Marywood team established a new program record for wins in a season.


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