Parks Scores 100th as Marywood Defeats GMC

Scranton, PA Senior attackman Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA/Emmaus H.S.) scored the 100th goal of his collegiate career during a decisive, four-goal fourth quarter run by Marywood that lifted the Pacers to a key, 10-7 win over Gwynedd-Mercy College in CSAC action on Saturday afternoon.

Marywood clinched their fourth-consecutive appearance in the CSAC playoffs while improving their record to 9-3 on the season and 4-0 in conference play with their fifth-straight victory.

The Griffins, now 5-7 on the season and 3-2 in the CSAC, took a 1-0 lead at the 12:43 mark of the first quarter, but the Pacers responded with the game's next five goals to hold a 5-1 lead with 10:15 to play in the second period when Brian Roerden scored a man-up goal off a Jamie Beagen assist. George Downey IV scored twice during the run and the Pacers also got goals from Marcus Janda and Gregory Nester.

Gwynedd-Mercy narrowed their deficit to 5-3 going into halftime on goals by Roy Bakeoven and Mangin and Mangin scored unassisted with 5:32 to play in the third quarter to bring the visitors to within a goal. Janda's second goal of the game on a tough angled shot with 1:05 to play in the third quarter gave Marywood a 6-4 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Bakeoven's second goal of the game just 27 seconds into the fourth period cut the Pacers' lead to 6-5, but Downey completed his hat-trick at the 13:19 mark to start Marywood's decisive run. Parks netted his 100th career goal with 9:13 to play off a William Roerden assist and Nester and Roerden added markers of their own to give the hosts a 10-5 lead with 2:56 to play. The Griffins scored twice in the final 1:16 with the Pacers' in full control of the outcome.

Downey led all scorers with four points on three goals and one assist while Nester (2 goals, 1 assist) and William Roerden (1 goal, 2 assists) turned in three-point efforts for Marywood. Janda (2 goals), Parks (1 goal, 1 assist), and Beagen (2 assists) also had multi-point games for the Pacers.

Jesse Habich made 10 saves to pick up his ninth win of the season for Marywood while the Griffins' Richard Zagari made nine saves in a losing effort.

Marywood returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Susquehanna University in a non-conference game that will be televised by Fox 56 live from Scranton starting at 4:00 p.m.


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