Marywood Topples King's in Home Opener

Scranton, PA Taylor McKeown scored nine points to lead Marywood University to a 22-13 victory over King's College in the Pacers' home-opener on Wednesday evening. Kimberly Commisso, Diana D'Achille, and Sarah Caughy also contributed four goals apiece for Marywood, who leveled their record at 2-2 on the season with the non-conference win.

King's tallied the first two goals of Wednesday night's contest before goals by Commisso and Caughy tied the game at 2-2. Krystina Villarreal's goal at the 18-minute mark put the Monarchs back in front, but Caughy netted her second goal of the game just 46seconds later to start a run of six straight Marywood goals that saw the hosts lead 8-3 with 12:31 to play in the opening stanza after Allie Sodl converted a free-position shot.

Sarah O'Doherty's goal with 9:54 left on the clock briefly interrupted the Pacers' run, but Meg Barbarino set up D'Achille for a goal 1:11 later and Marywood would score the final six goals of the half, including three by McKeown, to hold a 14-4 lead at the break.

King's scored the first two goals of the second half, but tallies by Caughy and Commisso restored the Pacers' 10-goal cushion. Back-to-back goals by the Monarchs' Chelsea Manes and Villarreal again brought the visitors back before goals by McKeown and Sodl stretched Marywood's lead to 18-8. King's was able to cut their deficit back down to eight yet again on markers by Amanda Harney and Manes, but consecutive goals by McKeown, Commisso, and D'Achille gave the hosts a 21-10 lead with 10:55 remaining and King's was unable to draw closer than within nine goals the rest of the way.

McKeown's nine points came one seven goals and two assists. Commisso ended the evening with five points on four goals and one assist while D'Achille and Caughy both added four goals. Allie Sodl's three-goal performance rounded out five Marywood players with hat-tricks.

Megan Planz made 13 saves in 54 minutes of action between the Pacers' pipes to pick up the win while Leigha Dolcemascolo played the final six minutes of the contest without making a stop.

Marywood held a 42-31 advantage in shots for the game and a 29-22 edge in groundballs. Mary-Christine Vignola collected a game-high six groundballs while Stephanie Naro added five for the victors. The Pacers also controlled 26 of the games 27 draws, led by 10 by Commisso and nine from McKeown.

King's attack was led by Villarreal, who finished the game with four points on three goals and one assist while Harney (3 goals), Manes (2 goals, 1 assist), and Sarah O'Doherty each had multi-point games. Goalie Megan Withrow made 14 saves for the Monarchs, who fell to 1-1 on the season.

Marywood opens the Colonial States Athletic Conference portion of their schedule on Saturday when they host the College of Notre Dame at 4:00 p.m. The Gators topped the Pacers 15-3 during the regular season last year while Marywood claimed a 12-6 victory over Notre Dame in the first round of the 2010 CSAC playoffs.


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