Marywood Falls to St. John Fisher in ECAC Semifinals

Rochester, NY Diana D'Achille became the first Marywood player to score 100 points in a season in Saturday's ECAC semifinal game at St. John Fisher, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals advanced to Sunday's championship game with a 21-4 victory over the Pacers. St. John Fisher improves to 12-5 on the season, while Marywood ends their record-breaking 2011 campaign with a 13-5 mark.

St. John Fisher took a 1-0 lead 58 seconds into Saturday's semifinal game on a Mary Stimson goal, but Marywood equalized just nine seconds later as Diana D'Achille controlled the ensuing draw and raced down the field to score an unassisted goal. Stimson's second goal of the game just under four and a half minutes in restored the Cardinals lead and started a seven goal run that put the hosts up 8-1 with 16:55 to play in the opening half.

Kimberly Commisso's 60th goal of the season at the 11:29 mark interrupted the St. John Fisher run, but the Cardinals scored four of the final five goals to hold a 12-3 lead at halftime. Sarah Caughy goals off a feed from D'Achille accounted for Marywood's lone score during the span as St. John Fisher held a 25-10 advantage in shots in the opening stanza.

D'Achille scored her second goal of the afternoon 1:39 into the second half by converting a free-position opportunity to cut Marywood's deficit to 12-4. D'Achille's goal gave the freshman midfielder 100 points for the season as she became the first Pacer to ever reach the milestone in one season.

St. John Fisher responded though by scoring the final nine goals of the game to punch their ticket into Sunday's ECAC Championship game and bring an end to Marywood's record-breaking season.

The Cardinals, who were led by Melissa Leonhard's six goals, held a 44-17 advantage in shots for the game and won the groundball battle 29-17 while holding a 16-11 edge in draw controls for the contest. Courtney Clare and Jackie Maynard added five points apiece for St. John Fisher, who got eight saves from goalie Caroline Trpcevski.

D'Achille finished with three points on two goals and one assist, and six draw controls, to lead Marywood. Stephanie Naro tied for a game-high with four groundballs while Ilze Spilde led the Pacers with two caused turnovers.

Megan Planz made nine saves in the first half in Marywood's cage while Leigha Dolcemascolo made five stops while playing the final 30 minutes in the Pacers' goal.

The game was the final contest in a Marywood uniform for seniors Meg Barbarino and Allie Sodl who have been with the program since its varsity inception in 2008.

2011-05-14



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