Marywood Rallies Late to Win Thriller over Neumann

Scranton, PA Trailing 12-10 with 2:17 to play, Marywood University's men's lacrosse team scored the final three goals to rally for a thrilling, 13-12 victory over Neumann University in Colonial States Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

Joe LaBella netted the game-winning goal for the Pacers with just 15 seconds left in regulation off a Riley Dobel assist as Marywood improves 7-5 on the season and 4-1 in the conference play. The win also completed a perfect day for Marywood athletics as both the Pacers' baseball and softball teams swept double headers and men's tennis and women's lacrosse were also victorious on the road.

Marywood built a 3-0 lead after the first quarter with Dobel scoring a pair of goals after Marcus Janda opened the scoring for the Pacers 2:38 into the contest. The two teams would then swap goals over the course of the second period giving Marywood a 6-3 lead at halftime. Dobel completed his hat-trick and Ryan Nowell and Dylan Swope tallied for the Pacers during the frame.

The Knights outscored the Pacers 6-3 in the third quarter to send the game into its final period knotted at 9-9. A pair of Neumann goals to open the period cut the visitor's deficit to 6-5 before Dobel got one back for Marywood off a Sam Trill helper and Joe LaBella scored unassisted with 9:23 left in the frame pushing Marywood's advantage to 8-5.

Andrew Alberalla responded to a Knight goal by tallying seven seconds after Neumann drew to within two, but the Knights tallied the final three goals of the stanza to knot the score at 9-apiece.

Neumann netted goals separate by just 15 seconds with just over nine and a half minutes to play in wild fourth quarter. Brandon Terlizzi cut the Pacers' deficit to 11-10 with 2:55 to play, but the Knights restored their two-goal cushion just 30 seconds later.

The resilient Pacers got a goal from Greg Nester just eight seconds later and Derek Schmidt tied the contest after taking a pass from Nester and scoring with 1:04 left on the clock. Marywood fired several shots looking for the go-ahead goal before Dobel fed LaBella, who rifled home the game-winner with just 15 seconds left in regulation and the Pacers were able to run out the clock after the Knights were assessed a late penalty.

Dobel led Marywood with five points on four goals and one assist while Nester (1 goal, three assists) and Trill (4 assists) added four points apiece in the victory. LaBella (2 goals) and Nowell (1 goal, 1 assist) also had multi-point efforts in the win as Marywood held a 52-29 advantage in shots for the game.

Nicholas Cornella picked up the win in goal for Marywood after making eight saves. Terlizzi, who won a game-high 13 faceoffs, led all players with eight groundballs while Johnson led the Pacers with three caused turnovers to go along with four groundballs. Dobel, Trill, and Chris Vogel added two caused turnovers apiece for Marywood, who won the groundball battle 47-44.

Mike Pantalone led Neumann with five goals and Ryan O'Kane finished with five points on two goals and three assists. Goalie Andrew Neubauer took the loss despite a solid, 20-save effort in the Knights' cage.

Marywood returns to action on Wednesday evening against the University of Scranton in a non-conference game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Royals' Fitzpatrick Field. The Pacers will be shooting for their first-ever win over their cross-town rivals.

2012-04-14



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