Pacers Defeat Neumann to Advance to CSAC Final

Scranton, PA Marywood advanced to the program's first-ever CSAC final with a 21-13 victory over Neumann in Wednesday evening's semifinal. The Pacers, who have won 12 of their last 13 games, improve to 13-3 on the season and will host Gwynedd-Mercy in Saturday's championship game.

Marywood built a 5-0 lead over the first 5:52 of Wednesday's semifinal game behind two goals apiece from Allie Sodl and Kimberly Commisso and a single tally from Taylor McKeown. Neumann netted the games next two goals before Commisso completed her hat-trick with an unassisted marker with 21:14 to play in the first half. Erica Crabtree's second goal of the game cut the Knights' deficit to 6-3 before Commisso and McKeown scored back-to-back goals to give the Pacers' an 8-3 cushion.

Elissa DeCarlo got one back for the visitors at the 18 minute mark, but Marywood got goals from Diana D'Achille, Sodl, and Commisso to lead 11-4 with 12:51 remaining in the period. Crabtree completed her hat-trick to bring Neumann back within six goals, but Marywood scored three of the final four goals in the first half to lead 14-6 at halftime, with Kathy DiGiacomo, Ashley Cavellier, and Sodl all tallying during the run.

The Knights scored four of the first five goals in the second half to cut Marywood's lead to 15-10 with 11:46 to play. McKeown and Commisso netted consecutive, free-position goals to stretch the hosts' lead back to seven. Alexandra Bohen got one back for the Knights before Meg Barbarino set up DiGiacomo's second marker of the contest and D'Achille followed with her second goal to give the hosts a 19-11 advantage with 8:11 remaining. The two teams evenly split the final four goals of the game to close out the scoring.

Commisso led all scorers with eight points on seven goals and one assist while McKeown (4 goals), Sodl (4 goals), and D'Achille (3 goals, 1 assist) all had four point games for Marywood. DiGiacomo (2 goals) and Barbarino (2 assists) also had multi-point performances in the win.

Megan Planz made 13 saves in just over 55 minutes in Marywood's cage to pick up the win while Leigha Dolcemascolo made two stops in the final 4:46 in goal.

Crabtree and Meghan Garsey each had four point games to lead Neumann, who got 15 saves from goalie Sam Kotowski.

Both teams recorded 42 shots and 24 groundballs in the game while Marywood, currently the national leader in draw controls, held a 21-13 advantage in draw controls for the game, led by Commisso's 12.

Mary-Christine Vignola tied for a game-high with five groundballs while adding three caused turnovers, tied with teammate Ilze Spilde for a game-best.

Marywood, who defeated Gwynedd-Mercy 17-10 on April 16th, will host the Griffins in Saturday's title game with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Game time is yet to be announced.

2011-05-04



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