Marywood Drops CSAC Title Game to Gwynnedd-Mercy

Scranton, PA Gwynnedd-Mercy claimed the CSAC championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 16-14 victory over Marywood in the conference title game on Saturday evening. The Griffins, who avenged a 17-10 loss to the Pacers during the regular season, improve to 11-7, while Marywood, who will await word on a potential bid in the ECAC Tournament, falls to 13-4.

Diana D'Achille scored the first three goals of Saturday's game to give Marywood a 3-0 lead just 3:33 into the contest. The Griffins responded with the game's next seven goals to hold a 7-3 advantage when Kristie Pollock scored at the 18:30 mark of the opening half. Sarah Caughy scored off a Kathy DiGiacomo assist 24 seconds later and D'Achille followed with her fourth marker of the game to cut the Pacers' deficit to 7-5 with 8:42 to play in the opening period.

Gwynedd-Mercy's Colleen Dellostretto and Marywood's Kimberly Commisso scored two goals apiece over a span of just under two minutes late in the second half and the Pacers' Allie Sodl scored with 13 seconds showing on the clock to make the score 9-8 in favor of the Griffins at halftime.

Gwynedd-Mercy scored the first two goals of the second half before Taylor McKeown and Commisso responded for Marywood. Dellostretto gave the Griffins a 12-10 advantage with 21:13 to play before Sarah Caughy cut the Pacers' deficit back to one by scoring off a Meg Barbarino helper.

The Griffins responded with a key, three goal run to hold a 15-11 advantage with 15:24 remaining. Marywood's Commisso tallied her fourth goal of the evening just 21 seconds later and D'Achille's fifth marker of the afternoon cut the Pacers' deficit back down to two goals. Kristi Mackin gave Gwynedd-Mercy another insurance goal with 7:28 to play and Caughy's second goal of the game for Marywood with 1:14 to play proved to be the end of the scoring.

Marywood, who held a 47-34 advantage in shots for the game and a 24-19 edge in groundballs, was led by D'Achille's six points, which came on five goals and one helper. The freshman midfielder, who now has 97 points this spring, established a new program record for points on season. Commisso's (4 goals), Caughy (3 goals), and DiGiacomo (3 assists) also turned in multi-point performances for the Pacers.

The Pacers held a 23-9 advantage in draw controls for the contest, led by D'Achille's 16. McKeown and Sodl each collected a team-best four groundballs while McKeown led the squad with led three caused turnovers. Megan Planz made 11 saves in goal for Marywood.

Gwynedd-Mercy was led by Dellostretto's eight points, which came on seven goals and one assist. Dellostretto was named the CSAC Tournament MVP for her performance. Pollock (3 goals, 1 assist), Shannon Carabba (1 goal 3 assists), Kirsten Walther (3 goals), and Kirstyn Varas (1 goal, 1 assist) all had multi-point effort games for the Griffins.

Trisha Timony turned in an outstanding, 22-save performance in goal for Gwynedd-Mercy to earn the win.

2011-05-07



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