Pacers Win at Neumann, Remain Perfect in CSAC Play

Scranton, PA Riley Dobel tied a single-game program record with five assists while Nick Parks and William Roerden scored four goals apiece to lead Marywood to a 17-6 victory over Neumann in CASC action on Saturday afternoon. The Pacers, winners of four-straight contests, improve to 8-3 on the season and sport a perfect 3-0 mark in conference play while the Knights fall to 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the CSAC.

Neumann took an early in Saturday's game with Nick Ferraro scoring a man-up goal with two Marywood players serving penalties, but the Pacers responded with nine unanswered goals to hold a 9-1 halftime lead. Anthony Tuscai equalized for Marywood off a Riley Dobel assist with 3:24 to play in the first quarter and Nick Parks scored a pair of goals separated by just 12 seconds in the final 30 seconds of the period to give Marywood a 3-1 edge after the first 15 minutes of play.

Parks, William Roerden, Gregory Nester, Stephen Klepfer, George Downey IV, and Marcus Janda all tallied goals in the Pacers' six-goal second quarter that gave the visitors an eight-goal lead at halftime.

Roerden netted his second goal of the afternoon at the 12:45 mark of the third quarter and Joe LaBella tallied one for Marywood 55 seconds later to stretch the Pacers' lead to 11-1 before the Knights' Mark Consolo got one back for the hosts with 7:02 left in the period. Roerden completed his hat-trick with 4:52 left in the third stanza and Parks netted his fourth marker of the game with five seconds showing on the clock off a Tuscai helper to give Marywood a comfortable, 13-2 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Nester and Brian Roerden scored early fourth-quarter goals to extend the Pacers' advantage to 15-2 before Consolo netted his second tally of the game for Neumann. William Roerden his fourth goal of the game with the Pacers a man-up at the 9:22 mark with Dobel recording his fifth assist of the game on the play. Dobel tacked on an extra-man opportunity goal of his own just under a minute and half later giving Marywood a 17-3 lead. Neumann tallied the game's final three goals with the result all but decided.

Marywood held a commanding 57-26 advantage in shots for the game and a 43-13 lead in groundballs for the game, led eight from Downey, who went 13-16 on face-offs. The Pacers were also dominant on draws, winning 22 of the game's 26 face-offs.

Jesse Habich made seven saves in 53:33 minutes of action in Marywood's cage to pick up the win while Eric Luhrmann played the final 6:27 without making a save.

James Drescher, John Pellegrini, and Mike Falco each collected two caused turnovers apiece for Marywood, who turned the ball away just 13 times while forcing 24 Neumann giveaways.

Marywood returns to action next Saturday evening when they host Gwynedd-Mercy College in a CSAC clash scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Pacers defeated the Griffins on the road in overtime last year before Gwynedd-Mercy used a fourth-quarter rally to beat Marywood in last's season's CSAC semifinals in Scranton.


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