Pacers Roll Past Mount Saint Mary

Scranton, PA After scoring just one goal in the first halves of their two previous games combined, Marywood University's offense came alive early and often as the Pacers built a 14-0 halftime lead over visiting Mount Saint Mary College on their way to a 15-1 victory in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. Marywood snaps a two-game losing skid and improves to 5-3 on the year with the win while the Knights' record drops to 2-6.

Nick Parks scored the game's first goal off an assist from George Downey IV 3:44 into Saturday's contest. Marcus Janda scored unassisted at the 8:46 mark to double the Pacers' lead and Stephen Klepfer tallied off a Joe LaBella assist just 27 seconds later to extend the hosts' advantage to 3-0. Parks netted the final two goals of the first quarter in a span of just eight seconds to give Marywood a 5-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

Nick Johnson tallied his first goal of the season unassisted 40 seconds into the second quarter and Janda netted his second marker of the contest eight seconds later off William Roerden's second assist of the contest as the floodgates opened in the second quarter, with Marywood tallying nine goals in the frame. Parks added his fourth goal of the game before Roerden and Downey added goals. Janda completed his hat-trick with 3:10 to play in the stanza while Riley Dobel, Dante Frederico, and Brian Roerden added their names to the scoring chart as Marywood took a 14-0 lead into halftime.

Chris Riley tallied his first goal of the season with 2:52 to play in the third quarter off a Derek Schmidt assists. Mount Saint Mary's Carlos Almodovar broke up Marywood's shutout bid with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter after taking a pass from Andrew Pullen and scoring for the Knights' only tally of the afternoon.

Seven Pacers recorded multi-point performances led by Parks' four goals. Janda (3 goals), William Roerden (1 goal, 2 assists), and Dobel (1 goal, 2 assists) each had three points for Marywood while Downey (1 goal, 1 assist), Johnson (1 goal, 1 assist), and Klepfer (1 goal, 1 assist) each had two points for the Pacers, who held a 44-17 advantage in shots for the game.

The Pacers won 15 of the games 20 face-offs, led by Klepfer, who went 6-7 on his draws. Downey and Mike Falco each were 4-6 on their face-offs.

Jesse Habich stopped all four shots he faced in the first 30 minutes in Marywood's cage to pick up the win. Eric Luhrmann made three saves in just over 12 minutes of action between the Pacers' pipes while Nicholas Cornella made two stops in nearly 11 minutes of action. CJ Cameron and Chad Taylor split the final seven minutes in the cage with neither being forced to make a save.

Shawn Cobstill went the distance in the Knights' cage making 11 saves in a losing effort.

Marywood opens conference play next Saturday when they host Colonial States Athletic Conference foe Immaculata University. The opening face-off between the Pacers and Mighty Macs is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Scranton.


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