Marywood Offense Prevails vs. Neumann

Scranton, PA Marywood tied the program record for wins in a season with a 23-9 victory over Neumann in CSAC play on Wednesday night. The Pacers, who got six goals apiece from Diana D'Achille and Taylor McKeown, improve to 9-3 on the season with the win and 4-1 in conference play, while the Knights fall to 3-8 overall and 2-3 in the CSAC.

Marywood built an 8-0 lead over the first 11:10 of Wednesday's contest with D'Achille scoring three goals, Kimberly Commisso adding two, and McKeown, Meg Barbarino, and Allie Sodl all scoring during the run.

Neumann scored three of the game's next four goals to cut the Pacers' lead to 9-3 with 14:35 to play in the opening half, but back-to-back goals by Sodl and McKeown gave Marywood an 11-3 cushion. After the Knights got a pair of consecutive goals, Marywood scored the final four goals of the second half to hold a 15-5 lead at the intermission.

The Pacers started the second half with another four-goal run behind two tallies by Commisso and one from both McKeown and Sarah Caughy. Neumann netted the game's next two goals before D'Achille netted her sixth goal of the contest with 15:39 to play, extending Marywood's lead to 20-7. The Knights got one back at the 14:08 mark, but the Pacers scored three of the game's final four goals to close out their record-tying victory.

D'Achille led all scorers with eight points on six goals and two assists while McKeown added seven points on six tallies and a helper while reaching the 50-goal plateau for the third-straight season. Sodl finished with five points on four goals and one assist while Commisso (4 goals), Caughy (2 goals), and Barbarino (1 goal, 1 assist) also turned in multi-point performances in the win.

Megan Planz earned her seventh win of the season by making 10 saves in 49 and half minutes in goal for Marywood while Leigha Dolcemascolo made three saves in the final 10:28 for the Pacers.

Neumann was paced by Chelsa O'Donnell's three-point effort (2 goals, 1 assist) while Alexandra Bohen and Erica Crabtree added two goals apiece for the Knights. Lindsey Kasekamp made four saves in just over 28 minutes in goal for Neumann and took the loss while Sam Kotowski made five stops in the final 31:54 in goal.

Marywood held a 35-31 advantage in shots for the game and claimed a 24-20 edge in groundballs, led by Commisso's five. The freshman midfield also picked up a game-high four caused turnovers.

The Pacers, who currently leads the nation in draw controls, held a 24-10 advantage on draws for the game and was successful on 14 of 20 clear attempts.

Marywood will host conference-leading Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday in a game scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The Pacers will honor their two seniors, Allie Sodl and Meg Barbarino, at halftime of the contest.


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