Marywood Takes CSAC Opener at Gwynedd-Mercy

Gwynedd Valley, PA - Marywood opened conference play with a convincing, 17-7 victory over defending CSAC champion Gwynedd-Mercy on Tuesday evening in a rematch of last spring's final. The Pacers, who got a game-high seven points from Diana D'Achille in the win, improve to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Griffins see their record drop to 0-2 (0-1 CSAC).

D'Achille scored the first two goals of Tuesday night's contest to give Marywood a 2-0 lead 6:23 into the contest, but Gwynedd-Mercy got back-to-back goals from Jenna Gaydosh and Brigid Dowling to level the score at 2-apiece with 20:22 remaining in the first half. D'Achille completed her hat-trick just 31 seconds later though to put the Pacers back in front and Taylor McKeown netted an unassisted marker 18 seconds later to restore Marywood's two-goal cushion.

Jenna D'Acry brought the Griffins back to within a goal at the 17:44 mark, but Sarah Caughy set up McKeown's second goal of the contest with 15:23 left in the opening 30 minutes of play giving the Pacers a 5-3 advantage. Brooke Bondurant extended Marywood's lead to 6-3 with an unassisted goal with 11:45 left on the clock, but Gwynedd-Mercy cut their deficit to two goals on Dowling's second tally of the game at the 7:20 mark. Marywood got two goals from Caughy, and one apiece from and Kimberly Commisso and D'Achille in the final 5:35 of the period to give the visitors a 10-4 advantage at halftime.

The Pacers' run continued early in the second half as Commisso, Bondurant, McKeown, and D'Achille all hit twine to stretch Marywood lead to 14-4 with just 4:09 into the second stanza. Kathy DiGiacomo added an unassisted goal with 19:43 for the Pacers' ninth-straight goal and a 15-4 lead.

Morgan Hosler finally halted Marywood's run at the 16:58 mark before Caughy completed a hat-trick of her own with 15:40 to play. Dowling netted back to back goals cutting the Griffins deficit to 16-7 with 10:14 remaining, but D'Achille made good on a free-position shot with 9:07 remaining for her sixth goal of the night.

D'Achille's seven points came on six goals and one assist while the sophomore midfielder also tied a single-game program record with 17 draw controls as the Pacers held a commanding 22-4 advantage at the circle. Caughy added five points on three goals and two assists while McKeown (3 goals), Commisso (2 goals), and Bondurant (2 goals) all added multi-point performances as Marywood held a 34-19 advantage in shots for the game.

Leigha Dolcemascolo played the entire 60 minutes in Marywood's goal and made five saves to pick up her fourth win of the season while D'Achille and Ilze Spilde tied for a game-high with three groundballs apiece.

Dowling led the Griffins with four goals while Marina Hubbard made 13 stops in Gwynedd-Mercy's cage in the loss.

Marywood returns to the field on Saturday afternoon with another key early season CSAC match-up against Cabrini College. The Cavaliers, who dealt the Pacers their only regular-season loss in league play last spring, will come to Scranton for a contest scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Marywood's turf field.

2012-03-13



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