Marywood Edges Elmira in Overtime Thriller

Scranton, PA Kimberly Commisso scored with 1:01 remaining in the second overtime to give Marywood a thrilling, 12-11 victory over Elmira College in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon. The Pacers extend their winning-streak to four games and improve to 5-2 on the season with the win, while the Soaring Eagles fall to 3-2.

Taylor McKeown opened the scoring off a Commisso assist just over five minutes into Sunday's game, but Elmira scored the next three goals to hold a 3-1 lead with 23:27 left in the first half. After Diana D'Achille scored to cut the Pacers' deficit to one, Jordan Donegan restored the visitor's two-goal advantage with 15:59 to play in the period. Marywood responded by outscoring the Soaring Eagles 5-0 to close the half and held a 7-4 lead at the intermission. D'Achille netted three tallies during the run while McKeown and Allie Sodl also found twine.

McKeown completed her hat-trick just over a minute into the second half to extend Marywood's lead to 8-4, but Elmira cut the Pacers' advantage to two with back-to-back goals by Samantha Risi and Emily Zimmerman. Sodl netted her second marker of the afternoon with 15:44 to play to make the score 9-6 in favor of the hosts, but the Soaring Eagles remain resilient and made the score 9-8 with 6:52 to play after Lindsay Mitchell scored off a pass from Donegan.

D'Achille's fifth goal of the game 13 seconds later pushed Marywood's cushion back to two, but Megan Pass scored with 2:47 to play to bring Elmira back within one. Looking to force overtime, Elmira pressured the Pacers' defense over the final two minutes and goalie Megan Planz made two fine saves to keep Marywood in front, but the Soaring Eagles tied the contest at 10-10 with 4.9 seconds showing on the clock when Zimmerman scored off of a Samantha Risi assist.

Risi gave Elmira their first lead since early in the first half with 1:54 to play in the first overtime period by converting a free position shot. McKeown leveled the score at 11-apiece by scoring unassisted with 36 seconds to play in the first three-minute overtime session to set the stage for Commisso's heroics.

After a successful clear by Marywood, Commisso made a long solo run down the left side of the field and cut straight the cage where she fired home the eventual game-winner with 1:01 to play in the second overtime. The Pacers controlled the ensuing draw and were able to deny the Soaring Eagles a shot at the equalizer.

D'Achille led all scorers with five goals while McKeown finished with four tallies. Sodl (2 goals) and Commisso (1 goal, 1 assist) also had multi-point performances for Marywood. Planz was outstanding in the Pacers' cage, making a season-high 15 saves to earn the win.

Marywood held a 16-10 advantage in draw controls for the game, led by D'Achille's nine. Sodl led all players with seven groundballs while Mary-Christine Vignola led the Pacers with three caused turnovers.

Elmira, who held a 35-33 advantage in shots and a 35-34 edge in groundballs for the game, was led by four-point performances from Risi (3 goals, 1 assist) and Donegan (1 goal, 3 assists). Mary Kate Gellerman made 14 saves in the Soaring Eagles' cage in the loss.

Marywood returns to the field on Saturday when they host Colonial States Athletic Conference opponent Cedar Crest College in a game scheduled for 12:00 p.m. in Scranton.

2011-03-27



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