Pacers Top Wilkes to Extend Winning Streak to Six

Scranton, PA Marywood extended its program-best winning streak to six games with a 21-9 victory over Wilkes in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon. The Pacers, who got points from seven different players, improve to 7-2 on the season with the win, while the Colonels fall to 2-5.

Marywood took a 2-0 lead after just 1:17 had passed in Sunday's contest on goals by Sarah Caughy and Kimberly Commisso before Wilkes drew to within one an a Keri Meerholz tally at the 23:58 mark of the opening half. Allie Sodl answered with an unassisted goal just over a minute later and Diana D'Achille gave the Pacers a 4-1 lead by scoring off a Stephanie Naro assist. Wilkes sandwiched a pair of goals around D'Achille's second goal of the contest to make the score 5-3 with 15:57 to play in the opening period.

Marywood scored the next three goals including two by Taylor McKeown and another by D'Achille to extend their lead to 8-3 before Allie Grippo got one back for the Colonels with 13 minutes remaining in the opening period, but McKeown and D'Achille both scored two goals apiece as the Pacers scored the final four goals of the first stanza to hold a 12-4 lead at halftime.

Marywood started the second half with another four-goal run with Commisso netting a pair and Caughy and Kathy DiGiacomo also scoring. Keri Meerholz completed her hat-trick for Wilkes at the 23:16 mark to cut the Colonels' deficit to 16-5, but the Pacers responded with the game's next four goals to put the game out of reach. Commisso, McKeown, D'Achille, and Allie Sodl all scored during the run that pushed the host's lead to 20-5.

With little doubt left in the outcome, Wilkes outscored Marywood 4-1 over the final 9:09 of the game to close out the scoring.

D'Achille (7 goals) and Commisso (4 goals, 3 assists) each had seven points to lead Marywood's attack. McKeown turned in a six-point effort on five goals and one assist while Caughy (2 goals, 1 assist), Sodl (2 goals, 1 assist), and DiGiacomo (1 goal, 1 assist) all had multi-point performance for Marywood, who held a 37-20 advantage in shots for the game.

Leigha Dolcemascolo made two saves in just over 42 minutes of action in the Pacers' cage to pick up her second-straight win. Megan Planz turned aside for Wilkes' shots in the final 17:57 in between Marwood's pipes.

The Pacers held a 27-23 edge in groundballs for the game led by McKeown's five. Marywood also claimed 21 of the game's 30 draws, with D'Achille coming up with a game-high 15.

Meerholz finished the game with six points on five goals and one assist to lead the Colonels' attack while Lindsay Davenport added two goals and Allie Grippo contributed a goal and an assist for Wilkes. Goalie Justine Thimmel made five saves in the first half while Cassie Cronin also turned aside five Marywood shots in the second half while tending the Colonels' cage.

Marywood will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on Colonial States Athletic Conference opponent Centenary College in a game scheduled to face-off at 4:00 p.m. in Hackettstown, NJ.

2011-04-03



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