Marywood Knocks off Monarchs in Home Opener

Scranton, PA Marywood won its second-straight game on Wednesday evening, topping King's 10-6 in the Pacers' home opener. Marywood, which got a game-high six points from freshmen attackman Sam Trill, levels its record at 2-2 on the season, while the Monarchs fall to 1-4.

Joe LaBella gave the Pacers a 1-0 lead 7:56 into the first period with an unassisted goal and Marcus Janda doubled Marywood's advantage by scoring off a feed from Ryan Nowell with 3:42 left in the opening 15 minutes of play. King's cut their deficit to one with just 4.4 seconds left in the opening period though as Jason Merola scored after taking a long pass from Luke Beerman.

The Monarchs tied the score 2:25 into the second quarter on a Tim Fulton tally, but Trill put the Pacers back on top at the 10:50 mark by scoring off an assist from Derek Schmidt. Billy McCullough tied the contest back up at 3-3 by converting off a pass from Kieran McMahon just 47 seconds after Trill's goal and the team's went into halftime level.

Lenny Fox gave King's their first lead of the game 25 seconds into the third quarter, but Marywood responded with the game's next three goals. LaBella scored his second goal at the 10:51 mark to even the score at 4-4 before Trill notched his second with 9:18 left in the third frame after taking a pass from Greg Nester to put Marywood back in front. Andrew Alberalla extended the host's lead to 6-4 with an unassisted marker with 2:32 left in the period.

Fox cut Marywood's advantage to 6-5 with 37 seconds left in the third quarter, but Trill's third goal of the game came just 15 seconds later giving the Pacers a 7-5 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Back to back goals by Trill and LaBella stretched Marywood's lead to 9-5 with 12:06 to play in regulation before A.J. Bungert brought the Monarchs back within three with 10:51 remaining, but it would be the last time that King's would solve Marywood goalie Nicholas Cornella on the afternoon and Janda added an insurance goal with 4:44 remaining to close out the scoring.

Trill's six points came on four goals and two assists as the freshmen attackman has now recorded 11 points in his last two games. LaBella added three goals in Wednesday's win while Janda tallied twice. Nowell and Nester both recorded two assists on the afternoon while Cornella made 13 saves to earn the victory in goal.

Nick Johnson led all players with four caused turnovers while Chris Vogel added three. Johnson added four groundballs, tying with John Pelligrini for a team-high on the defensive end.

King's held a slim, 31-30 advantage in shots fro the game while Marywood held a 32-31 edge in groundballs for the contest.

Fox's two goals led King's attack while McMahon added three assists for the Monarchs. Brendan McCrudden made 12 saves in net while taking the loss.

Marywood returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Richard Stockton College in a non-conference tilt scheduled to face-off at 4:00 p.m. in Scranton.


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