Marywood Defeats GMC to Advance to CSAC Final

Scranton, PA Marywood advanced to the CSAC championship game for the second time in the last three years with a convincing 144 victory over Gwynedd-Mercy in Tuesday evening's semifinal showdown. The Pacers, who avenged a loss to the Griffins in last year's semifinal round, matched a program record with their 11th victory of the season and will face Cabrini in Saturday's title game.

Reigning CSAC Player of the Week William Roerden gave Marywood a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into Tuesday's contest by converting off a pass from twin brother Brian Roerden. William Roerden netted his second goal of the game before Gwynedd-Mercy's Roy Bakeoven put the visitors on the board at the 11:15 mark. Roerden completed his hat-trick off a Nick Parks assist and Chris Riley stretched the hosts' lead to 4-1 at the first intermission by scoring off a Marcus Janda feed with just nine seconds to play in the period.

The Pacers stretched their lead to 8-1 by scoring all four goals in the second quarter, including a pair from Gregory Nester and single tallies by Brian Roerden and George Downey IV. Marywood was dominant in the opening half, out-shooting the Griffins 24-6 in the first 30 minutes of play.

Brian Roerden netted his second goal of the game at the 9:42 mark of the third quarter and Riley did the same just under two and a half minutes later to extend Marywood's advantage to 10-1. Gwynedd-Mercy's Nicholas Coan scored off a Bakeoven pass with the Griffins on an extra-man opportunity with 5:16 to play in the third quarter to snap the Pacers' eight-goal run.

Leading 10-2 heading into the final 15 minutes of play with heavy rain falling, Marywood scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to put to rest any hopes of a comeback by the visitors. Brian Roerden completed his hat-trick while Janda and Riley Dobel scored to give the Pacers a 13-2 lead with 8:53 to play. Gwynedd-Mercy sandwiched a pair of goals around Janda's second marker of the evening to close out the scoring.

Marywood, now 11-5 on the season, was lead by William Roerden's five points which came on four goals and one assist while Janda finished the evening with four points on two goals and two helpers. Brian Roerden (3 goals), Nester (2 goals, 1 assist), and Riley (2 goals) also added multi-point performances.

Jesse Habich made eight saves to pick up the win in goal for the Pacers, who held a 42-17 advantage in shots for the game and a 36-21 edge in groundballs, led by Nester's five. Dobel, Chris Vogel, and Nick Johnson each collected a pair of caused turnovers as Marywood forced the Griffins to turn the ball over 18 times while the Pacers gave the ball away only nine times on their own.

The Pacers won 13 of the games 22 face-offs, led by Downey 10-15 effort on draws.

Gwynedd-Mercy, who ends their season with a 6-9 record, got five saves from Richard Zagari in the first half before Ryley O'Keefe made six stops while playing the final 30 minutes in the Griffins' cage.

Marywood will look to dethrone ten-time defending conference champion Cabrini College, a 23-3 winner over Immaculata University in today's other semifinal, in Saturday's championship game in Radnor, PA at a time yet to be announced. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 12-4 on April 27th.


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