Marywood Earns First Win of Season at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC Sam Trill scored a game-high five points and Nicholas Cornella turned in a stellar, 16-save performance to lift Marywood to their first win of the season on Saturday, a 10-9 decision over Greensboro College. The Pacers improve to 1-2 on the season and give first-year head coach Scott Dalgliesh his first collegiate coaching win while the Pride see their record slip to 3-3.

Greensboro took a 1-0 lead at the 9:42 mark of the first quarter on an unassisted goal by Alex Vanderhoff and doubled their advantage 2:29 later as Bill Blakely netted a man-up tally assisted by Nicolas Lusardi. Marcus Janda cut the hosts' lead in half by scoring off a feed from Joe LaBella with Marywood on an extra-man opportunity with 4:22 left in the period and the Pacers tied the score at 2-2 when LaBella set up Sam Trill for a goal just 1:11 after Janda's tally.

Special teams continued to be the name of the game in the second quarter as the Pride went back in front, 3-2, on a man-up goal from Jaeger Carlyle just 36 seconds into the period, but Marywood equalized on an Andrew Alberalla EMO tally set up by Trill with 4:48 left on the clock. The teams went into halftime deadlocked at 3-3 with Greensboro holding a 24-8 advantage in shots for the period, but Pacer goalie Nicholas Cornella made nine first half saves for Marywood.

Thomas Brooks scored unassisted just 1:50 into the third quarter to give Greensboro a 4-3 advantage, but Marywood got goals from Riley Dobel and Alberalla to hold a 5-4 edge with seven minutes remaining in the period. Justin Pearson retied the contest at the 5:15 mark, but goals from LaBella and Greg Nester gave the Pacers a 7-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

Dobel extended Marywood's lead to three goals with a man-up marker at the 12:22 mark assisted by Janda, but Brooks got one back for the Pride just six seconds later after collecting the ensuing face-off and scoring. Blakely's second goal of the contest with Greensboro on an extra-man opportunity with 8:16 remaining cut Marywood's lead to 8-7, but Trill scored a pair of goals separated by just nine seconds to give the Pacers a 10-7 lead with 2:34 remaining as the freshman completed his first collegiate hat-trick.

Brooks netted the Pride's fourth EMO goal of the afternoon with 1:06 showing on the clock and Blakely added another 48 seconds later to trim Marywood's advantage to 10-9, but Cornella stoned Blakely with eight seconds left to preserve the Pacers' first win of the season.

Cornella was outstanding in Marywood cage, making 16 saves to earn the win for Marywood, who was outshot by a 53-28 margin. Trill led all players with five points on three goals and two assists while LaBella (1 goal, 2 assists), Dobel (2 goals), and Alberalla (2 goals) all had multi-point performances in the win.

On the defensive end, John Pelligini led the Pacers with five caused turnovers to go along six groundballs. Nick Johnson added three caused turnovers and six groundballs and Chris Vogel added three caused turnovers as well.

Brooks and Blakely each had three goals and an assist to lead the Pride's attack as Greensboro also held a 42-37 edge in groundballs and Skip Jakupi won 15 of the game's 20 draws. Mitchell Kanowicz made seven stops in the loss.

The Pacers went 3-7 on extra-man opportunities while Greensboro was 5-9 with the extra-man. Both teams committed 23 turnovers on the day.

Marywood will make their home debut on Wednesday afternoon against King's College in a non-conference game scheduled to face-off at 4:00 p.m. on the Pacers turf field.

2012-03-10



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